Wales Institute for Work Based Learning Research
Welcome to the WIWBL Research, Projects and Consultancy web pages.
The Wales Institute for Work Based Learning has a vibrant research group meeting regularly under the chairmanship of our visiting Professor Danny Saunders. The themes of our research are:
- Coaching, mentoring and mindfulness – its role as a facilitator of learning and development within the workplace
- Supervision of the Modern Doctorate (Professional Doctorates, DBAs, Prof Docs and Industrial PhDs) – we lead an Erasmus + RA2 project SUPERProfDoc exploring best practice across Europe click here for full details
- The use of technology to enable learning of work based learners
- The impact of learning within the workplace and specifically developing WBL pedagogy to maximise that impact
- The impact of RPL, WBL projects and learning plan development on the development of WBL learners
The Doctorate in Professional Practice (DProf)
The Doctorate in Professional Practice (DProf) is a well established part-time programme for those in employment, and is an ideal way of studying at doctoral level whilst maintaining professional commitments. It allows advanced practitioners to take their practice to a higher level by developing and undertaking a major research project under supervision of the DProf faculty. The outcomes are a research thesis or report which is assessed in the same manner and to the same level as the conventional PhD but covers practitioner research in a real –life issues pertinent to the learners practice.
The programme is open to practitioners who have at least five years’ experience of a significant professional role, and who possess an upper second class degree, and ideally a master’s degree or equivalent in addition.
The programme is studied part-time via a combination of residential workshops and blended learning supported by a Virtual learning Environment (VLE), and other forms of communication. Typically, the programme has a duration of 5 years, though this period could be shorter if candidates have qualifications/experience which allow them to apply for advanced standing (effectively, accreditation of prior learning).