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Professor Alistair McCulloch 

Position: Head: Research Education Professor Alistair McCulloch
Division/Portfolio: Academic Portfolio
School/Unit: Learning and Teaching Unit
Group: Research & Scholarship
Campus: City East Campus
Office: P2-35
Telephone: +61 8 830 21150
Fax: +61 8 830 22363
Email: Alistair_dot_McCulloch_at_unisa_dot_edu_dot_au
URL for Business Card: http://people.unisa.edu.au/Alistair.McCulloch


I have been at UniSA (and in Australia) for amost five years, having previously been Professor and Dean of Research and Knowledge Transfer at Edge Hill University (near Liverpool) for over 12 years. During my time at Edge Hill, I was responsible for the quality and development of the University’s research degree programmes and for preparing the institution for an application for the powers to award its own research degrees, powers which were granted in 2008.

My interest in doctoral education and supervision in particular is long-standing. In 1999, I developed at Edge Hill the UK’s first Masters-level qualification in research degree supervision (a PG Cert in Research Degree Supervision), and also led the development in 2006 of an MA in Academic Practice designed to provide accredited training for both doctoral students and also academic staff.

Whilst at Edge Hill, I became engaged in the national debates over the development of British doctoral education being a member of the group that in 2004 revised the QAA (Quality Assurance Agency) Code of Practice for Postgraduate Research Degree Programmes, a document that is recognised as a guide to best practice in UK research degrees and which has also been used by QAA to audit university performance across the sector. I was also a member of the Executive Committee of the UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE) between 2004 - 2009 and a joint-coordinator of the Society for Research into Higher Education’s (SRHE) Postgraduate Issues Network (PIN) over the same period. I remain a member of the Editorial Board of the SRHE PIN's series 'Issues in Postgraduate Education: Management, Teaching and Supervision'.

How did I get here? Born in Scotland, I have lived and worked the length and breadth of the UK following entry to higher education as a mature undergraduate in 1976. My undergraduate degree in Politics and History was undertaken at what was then Huddersfield Polytechnic and this was followed by a period at Exeter University where I gained a PhD in Politics. During this time, I took all the detours that HRD students take including acting (unpaid) as the house political commentator and psephologist for the local radio station, Devonair Radio. My next stop was back at Huddersfield where I worked as a Research Assistant and part-time lecturer before, in 1987, taking my first permanent post as a Lecturer in Public Administration at what was then the Robert Gordon Institute of Technology (RGIT) in Aberdeen, Scotland. In 1997, having become Professor in Public Adminstration, I left what was by then the Robert Gordon University to take up my Dean's post at Edge Hill.

In Australia, I continue to work in the area of doctoral education and had the pleasure and priviledge of being asked to convene the 10th Quality in Postgraduate Research conference and am also convenor of the 11th conference which will be held in Adelaide in 2014.

Away from work my interests lie in the areas of reading and good music. I have occasionally been known to suggest that, with a few notable exceptions, they stopped making really good music at 23.59 on 31st December 1969. Sometimes when I'm listening, I actually believe it!


Links to other sites



Society for Research in Higher Education


UK Council for Graduate Education


Vitae - UK Researcher Development portal supported by Research Councils UK (RCUK)


Quality in postgraduate Research conference


Teaching interests

  • Research degree supervision
  • Research management
  • Research education
  • Higher education

I teach the following courses

EDUC 5122Supervising Research Students


Qualifications

1979 BA (Hons) Humanities (Politics [Major] & History [Minor]). Upper Second Class Honours, Huddersfield Polytechnic, UK.

1986 PhD Politics. Exeter University, UK.


Research interests

  • Postgraduate and graduate education
  • Research degree supervision
  • Part-time research degree students
  • Higher education policy

Research publications

Articles, Contributions to Books and the Like

A. McCulloch (2013). 'The quest for the PhD: a better metaphor for doctoral education', International Journal for Researcher Development, Vol. 4, No. 4, pp. 55-66. (http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=17093820)

A. McCulloch and L. Thomas (2013). 'Widening participation to doctoral education and research degrees: a research agenda for an emerging policy issue', Higher Education Research and Development,Vol 32, No. 2, pp. 214-227.(http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07294360.2012.662630)

A. McCulloch (2009).‘The Student as Coproducer: An alternative to the Student as Consumer Metaphor’. Studies in Higher Education. Vol.34 No. 2, pp. 171-183. (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03075070802562857)

A. McCulloch and P. Stokes (2008). ‘The Silent Majority: Meeting the Needs of Part-time Research Students’, Issues in Postgraduate Education: Series 2, Society for Research in Higher Education, London.

A. McCulloch and P. Stokes (2007). ‘Normalising the Part-time Student Experience: Making the Rhetoric of Diversity Real’, in R. Hinchcliffe et al, Skills Training in Research Degree Programmes: Politics and Practice. Routledge, London, pp. 44-58.

A. McCulloch and P. Stokes (2006). ‘Beyond the Doctoral Process: A Call for the Re-focussing of “How to…Get a PhD” Literature’, Journal of Graduate Education, Autumn, pp. 107-115.

A. McCulloch (2004).‘Foreword’, Journal of Graduate Education, Vol 3, No. 3, pp. 65-67.

A. McCulloch (2000). Reader, reviser and writer of world politics entries for the third revised edition of The Cambridge Encyclopedia, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

C. Macleod and A. McCulloch (2000).‘Co-ordination of Interest: Government and the Voluntary Environmental Sector in Scotland’, International Journal of Public- Private Partnership, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 45-71.

J. Rowley and A. McCulloch (1999). ‘Developing Research Capacity: Moving On’, Scottish Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 105-116.

‘Organisational Barriers to Widening Public Access to J. Moxen, E. Sinclair and A. McCulloch (1999). 'Environmental Information in Scotland: Appraising the Scottish Office’s Strategy’, Scottish Affairs No. 27, pp. 59-81.

J. Moxen and A. McCulloch (1999). ‘Organizing the Dissemination of Environmental Information: Lessons from Scotland’, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 155-165.

A. McCulloch (1997). ‘Seeking the Holy Grail? Utopian Novels as an Aid to Teaching and Assessing Political Analysis Courses’ Teaching Public Administration, Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 73-78.

P. Strachan, M. Haque, A. McCulloch and J. Moxen (1997). ‘The Eco-Management and Auditing Scheme: Recent Experiences of UK Participating Organizations’, European Environment (1997) Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 1-9.

S.Elworthy and A. McCulloch (1996). ‘BSE in Britain, Science, Socio-economics and European Law’, Environmental Politics (1996) Vol. 5, No. 4, pp. 736-743.

A. McCulloch, J. Moxen and S. Baxter (1996). ‘Implementing Sustainable Development: Enhancing the Role of the Scottish Voluntary Environmental Sector', Regional Studies Vol. 30. No. 3, pp. 305-310.

L. Dickson and A. McCulloch (1996). 'Pressure Group Politics: A Profile of the Brent Spar Case', Environmental Politics, Vol. 5, No. 1. pp. 120-127.

J. Moxen and A. McCulloch (1995). Accessing Environmental Information in Scotland. Central Research Unit, The Scottish Office, Edinburgh.

A. McCulloch (195). 'Politics, Philosophy and the Green Society: An Excursion on Change' in W. Rudig (ed.), Green Politics Three, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 240-250.

J. Moxen and A. McCulloch (1994). 'Government Support for Voluntary Improvement in the Environmental Standards of the Business Community', Greener Management International (1994) No. 6, pp. 50-55.

A. McCulloch and J. Moxen (1994). 'Implementing Environmental Policy in Scotland: the Role of the Voluntary Sector' Sustainable Development, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 22-32.

J. Moxen and A. McCulloch (1994). ‘The Green Market and Environmental Policy: An Assessment of a Non-Interventionist Strategy', Scottish Affairs, No. 6, Winter, pp. 68-83.

A. McCulloch (1993). 'The Ecology Party in England and Wales: Branch Organisation and Activity', Environmental Politics, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 20-39.

A. McCulloch (1992). 'The Green Party in England and Wales: Structure and Development: The Early Years', Environmental Politics, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 417-435.

A. McCulloch (1990).‘Joining a Political Party: A Reassessment of the Economic Approach to Membership', British Journal of Sociology, Vol. 41, No. 4, pp. 497-516.

A. McCulloch (1990). 'Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall, Who's the Greenest of Us All?' in W. Rudig (ed.), Green Politics One, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 210-218.

B. J. Evans and A. McCulloch (1989). 'Access Courses: the First Decade', Journal of Further and Higher Education, Vol. 17, No. 3, pp. 15-29.

A. McCulloch (1988). 'Politics and the Environment', Talking Politics, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 14-19.

A. McCulloch (1988). 'Turnover on the Electoral Register', Local Government Studies, Vol. 14, No. 6, pp. 1-4

A. McCulloch (1988). 'Shades of Green: Ideas in the British Green Movement', Teaching Politics, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 186-207

Presentations at Conferences and Workshops Run and the Like

P. Stokes and A. McCulloch, (June 2008). ‘Representation, Narrative and the Doctoral Process’, presented at Narrative Practitioner Conference, Wrexham, Wales.

A. McCulloch (May 2008).‘Coproduction: An Alternative to the Metaphor of the Student as Consumer’, presented to the Seventh Conference of the Centre for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Edge Hill University.

A. McCulloch, (May 2007). ‘Power relations and the research student experience: unexplored dimensions’, presentation and workshop delivered at the UK GRAD NW Hub Annual Conference, Manchester, UK.

A. McCulloch (March 2007). ‘Training and Development for Supervisors and Research Managers’, presentation and workshop delivered at the 5th Annual Postgraduate Conference (‘Looking to the Future’), London, UK.

A. McCulloch, S. Kruger and P. Stokes (September 2006). ‘Supporting doctoral training for all researchers: the possibilities of e-delivery’, presentation and workshop delivered at the UK GRAD Annual Conference Profiting from Postgraduate Talent, London, UK.

L. Sumner, R. Ralley, K. Grime and A. McCulloch (July 2006). ‘Social inclusion, enculturation, and student debt: a narrative approach’, poster presented at the Aimhigher Research Conference, Manchester, UK.

L. Sumner, R. Ralley, K. Grime and A. McCulloch (July 2006). ‘The transition through Higher Education: Factors influencing successful outcomes’, paper presented at the Aimhigher Research Conference, Manchester, UK.

A. McCulloch (April 2006). ‘Distanced and e-learning’, presentation and workshop run (twice) at the UK GRAD NW Hub Annual Conference, Manchester, UK .

A. McCulloch (Nov 2005).‘Supervisors: Engaging Hearts and Minds’, keynote address to UKGRAD Yorkshire and North East Hub Annual Good Practice Workshop, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.

A. McCulloch (April 2005). ‘Meeting the Needs of a Diverse Student Body’, presentation and workshop, UK GRAD NW Hub Annual Conference, Manchester, UK.

A. McCulloch (April 2005). ‘Preaching to the Unconverted: Training for PhD Supervising, presentation and workshop, UK GRAD NW Hub Annual Conference, Manchester, UK.

A. McCulloch (September 2004). ‘Dealing with Part-time Students’, presentation and workshop, UK GRAD Conference, London, UK.

P. Stokes and A. McCulloch (September 2003). ‘Lived Experience: Surfacing Messiness in Doctoral Processes’, paper presented to the British Academy of Management Conference, Harrogate, UK.

M. Skinner and A. McCulloch (Jan 2002). ‘Research Degree Examinations and Appeals’, Expert Seminar facilitated for RAGnet, The London Institute, London, UK

M. Skinner and A. McCulloch (June 2001). ‘Research Degrees: Quality and Standards’, Expert Seminar facilitated for RAGnet, University of Birmingham, UK.

M. Skinner and A. McCulloch (April 2001). ‘Quality Issues for Research Administrators’, presentation and workshop at the Annual Conference of the Association of University Administrators, Exeter, April 2001

A. McCulloch and J. Moxen (Nov 2000). ‘Success and Failure in Engineering an Implementation Matrix: A Case Study of Scottish Environmental Policy', paper presented to the Annual Conference of the Association for Research on Non-profit Organisations and Voluntary Action, Hotel InterContinental, New Orleans, USA.

A. McCulloch (March 2000). ‘The Edge Hill Postgraduate Certificate in Research Degree Supervision’, presentation to the Postgraduate Studies Network of the Society for Research in Higher Education, London, UK.

A. McCulloch and J. Moxen (Sept 1998). ‘Environmental Information and Sustainable Behaviour: Government Policy in Scotland’, paper presented to the Annual Conference of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA), Institut International d’Administration Publique, Paris, France.

A. McCulloch and C. Macleod (Sept 1997 ). ‘Co-ordinating the Voluntary Environmental Sector in Scotland’, paper presented to the Second Annual Research Symposium on Public Management, Aston University, UK.

C. Macleod and A. McCulloch (August 1996).‘Co-ordination of interest: Government and the Voluntary Environmental Sector’, paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, USA.

A. McCulloch and J. Moxen (July 1995). 'Engineering Participation in the Policy Implementation Matrix: The Case of Environmental Policy in Scotland', paper presented to the Annual Conference of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration, Chamber of Commerce, Dubai.

A. McCulloch (May 1995). ‘Constitutional Change: Implications for the Voluntary Environmental Sector in Scotland’, Paper presented at a Member’s Briefing Seminar organised by Scottish Countryside and Wildlife Link, Perth, Scotland, UK.

A. McCulloch and J. Moxen (May 1995). 'Engineering the Implementation Matrix: Implementing Environmental Policy in Scotland', paper presented to the Research Seminar of the Department of Government, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

J. Polson and A. McCulloch (April 1995). ‘Planning, Protest and the Environment: A Case Study in Participation', paper presented to the Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association, University of York, UK.

A. McCulloch, J. Moxen and S. Baxter (October 1994).‘Achieving Sustainable Development: Enhancing the Role of the Voluntary Sector in Scotland', paper presented to the Annual Conference of the Association for Research on Non-profit Organisations and Voluntary Action, Berkeley Marina, California, USA.

P. Strachan, J. Moxen and A. McCulloch (Sept 1994). 'Innovative Environmental Management', paper presented to the Business Strategy and the Environment Conference, University of Nottingham, UK.

A. McCulloch and J. Moxen (Sept 1993). 'Environmental Policy in Scotland: Engineering Participation in the Implementation Structure', paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C., USA.

A. McCulloch and J. Moxen (March 1993). 'The Role of Voluntary Groups in the Implementation of Environmental Policy', paper presented to the Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association, University of Leicester, UK.

J. Moxen and A. McCulloch (Sept 1992). 'Green Markets: Myth or Reality?', Business Strategies and the Environment Conference, Leicester Business School, University of Leicester, UK.

A. McCulloch (MArch 1991). 'The Politics of Environmentalism', paper presented to the Centre for Philosophy, Technology and Society, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.

A. McCulloch (Oct 2008). 'Politics and the Environment', annual lecture delivered to the Aberdeen Institute of Ecology, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.

A. McCulloch (April 1987). 'Shades of Green: Some Problems of Ideology in the Green Movement', paper presented to the Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.

A. McCulloch (April 1983). 'The Ecology Party: the Anatomy of a Grassroots Party', paper presented to the Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.

A. McCulloch (January 1982). 'Candidates, Campaigns and Electors', paper presented to the Annual Conference of the Political Sociology Group of the British Sociological Association/Political Studies Association, University of Sheffield, UK.


Expertise for Media Contact

I am able to provide media comment in the following areas of expertise:

Discipline: Higher education / Education

  • Doctoral Education
  • Quality in Higher Education
  • Widening Participation to higher and Doctoral Education
  • UK Higher Education
  • Higher Education Policy




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