Paper 1: Helen Meek - ‘Thanks For All The Support’ - An Evaluation Of Gender Bias In PhD Supervision
Gender inequality continues to exist in all areas of Higher Education. This manifests itself in the area of student evaluation of teaching where female tutors are often evaluated lower than males. There is little research relating to the evaluation of PhD supervision. Student acknowledgements in PhD theses at a pre-1992 university in the North West of England are analysed as a means of evaluating supervision. Findings support previous work on acknowledgements in terms of the types of individuals and organisations acknowledged. However, despite some evidence of gender differences, it was concluded that acknowledgements could not be treated as a mechanism for evaluating teaching. Further research would be required to explore the impact of gender bias in PhD supervision.