QQI continues to co-chair the National Framework for Doctoral Education (NFDE) Advisory Forum in partnership with the Higher Education Authority.
The Forum provides an opportunity for all stakeholders, particularly providers, to discuss issues of strategic importance and national interest in relation to the provision of doctoral education. The first meeting of 2021 will consider the development of a careers profile for research staff, among other items.
QQI also recently co-funded an EUA Solutions study on the level of implementation of the National Framework for Doctoral Education within Irish Higher Education Institutions. Co-funders include the Higher Education Authority, the Irish Universities Association and Technological Higher Education Authority.
QQI is represented on the project steering group to whom EUA Solutions recently presented the preliminary findings of their study. The final report on the study is expected to be delivered by the end of March 2021.