The role of doctoral education within Europe’s universities

The 2020 EUA-CDE Annual Meeting will focus on the role doctoral education plays within university practices and strategies. Participants will discuss the interaction and collaboration of doctoral schools and similar structures with different services and other stakeholders within the institution.

This meeting is the largest and most comprehensive European event dedicated to doctoral education, the previous edition gathering more than 200 participants. Open to anyone working in this field, it is an opportunity for different stakeholders such as academic leaders, doctoral education professionals, European and national policymakers, representatives from funding organisations and doctoral candidates to engage in productive discussions on the development of doctoral education.

Registrations will be launched at the end of January 2020. If you wish to receive updates concerning the meeting, please contact the EUA-CDE Secretariat at

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I am delighted to welcome you to The University of Manchester to participate in the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Council for Doctoral Education of the European University Association. The University is a place where research has a global impact, where students experience outstanding teaching and learning, helping them to develop into tomorrow’s leaders, and where our activities are enriched by a commitment to social responsibility. Our University can trace its roots back to 1824. Today’s University was established in 2004 by the bringing together of the Victoria University of Manchester and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.

We have a rich history of ground-breaking research from the first artificial nuclear reaction (often  described as  ‘splitting the atom’) in 1917 to the isolation of graphene’s properties in 2004. Indeed 25 Nobel laureates have studied or worked with us. The University’s research is recognised as excellent across the full range of academic disciplines. Amongst other areas, some of the most exciting work at our University is in advanced materials, cancer, energy, global inequalities and industrial biotechnology – five areas that we describe as our research beacons. These beacons are examples of how our interdisciplinary research is helping to find Manchester solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges, from eradicating poverty to ensuring energy supply for future generations.

Our student community is one of the largest in the UK; we have more than 40,000 students of whom some 4,000 are postgraduate researchers. We also have one of the largest international student intakes and more than a quarter of our student community comes from outside the EU.  We are committed to extending our global reach and welcome. The University is unique in the UK in that social responsibility is one of our core goals and informs what we do, from encouraging our students to become socially responsible citizens to ensuring our research has societal impact. Our societal impact has been ranked the best in Europe and third in the world based on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. You will receive a warm welcome both at our University and in our city and we look forward to meeting you in Manchester in June 2020.

Dame Nancy Rothwell
President and Vice-Chancellor


About the city and the University

The University of Manchester has many great assets: a fantastic location in a vibrant and forward-thinking city; an attractive and evolving campus; a cosmopolitan and lively student population; and dedicated staff who are world-leading experts in their fields. The University has one of the largest student communities in the UK and is home to more than 40,000 students from more than 160 nationalities.  The University’s size and scale enable unparalleled interdisciplinary inquiry with world-leading minds from the across the University collaborating to discover new ways forward and address some of the world’s biggest challenges from poverty to sustainable consumption to cancer.

The city and the University have long worked together and the city region is a big part the University’s identity. Manchester positions itself as the original modern city and as a place where things are done differently. The city was at the heart of the Industrial Revolution and has always had an independent spirit, with political movements such as Chartism, trade unions and the suffragettes having Mancunian roots. Manchester is one of the most celebrated British cities – judged to be the top UK city to live in for 2018 (the Economist’s Global Liveability index) and one of the ten friendliest cities in the world by Rough Guides readers. The city is famous for its sporting culture and boasts an enviable arts scene. The University’s own Manchester Museum, the John Rylands Library and the Whitworth are among the city’s cultural landmarks with the iconic Lovell Telescope just a short drive away at our Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The call for contributions for the 2020 EUA-CDE Annual Meeting is now out.

The deadline to submit contributions has been prolonged until 21 February 2020.

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