The League of European Research Universities (LERU) published the advice paper “Maintaining a quality culture in doctoral education at research-intensive universities”. LERU universities have analysed how they develop and review a quality culture in doctoral education and how they implement quality assessment procedures. The result is a paper with practical examples from universities on how they define expectations for high quality doctoral education, how they set up scrutiny processes, how they use indicators to measure quality and how they build in feedback mechanisms to enhance a quality culture.
In addition to the actual practice examples, the paper also contains a number of recommendations for universities, policymakers and funders in Europe on how to maintain a quality culture in doctoral education.
In this context, LERU has recently published a new advice paper that aims to support recent trends in citizen science that can engage and benefit both researchers and society in general. The paper, entitled “Citizen science at universities: trends, guidelines and recommendations”, recognises the potential of citizen science for research and its role in the open science. Tracking important trends in research, advising on them and encouraging a productive relationship between science and society motivate this paper. The purpose is twofold: first, the paper provides a set of actionable guidelines for professional scientists engaging in citizen science at universities, thus helping to ensure high quality research results of citizen science projects and encouraging efficient collaboration between professional scientists and the public. Second, based on these guidelines, it provides a series of policy recommendations for universities, research funding organisations and policy-making bodies to promote excellence in citizen science.