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Emerald/HETL Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards

2020 Emerald/HETL Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards International recognition and cash prize for doctoral research in education

Emerald and HETL Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards

Emerald Publishing and the Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL) are delighted to offer a grant award for a doctoral research project in the field of education. The award recognizes excellence in research in the field of education.


The winner will receive a cash prize, an award certificate, free registration to a HETL conference where they will have the option to present their paper, and one free copy of an Emerald/HETL book.

In addition to the research award it is also hoped that the findings of the research can be published in the Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education (JARHE). Up to two highly commended doctoral research awards will also be bestowed. Each winner will receive an award certificate and one free copy of an Emerald/HETL book.

2020 winners


Xin Xu

Dissertation title: Incentives for International Publications in the Humanities and Social Sciences: An Exploratory Study of Chinese Universities
Institution: University of Oxford
Doctoral mentors: Professor Alis Oancea, Dr Heath Rose and Professor Hubert Ertl

Xin Xu

Highly commended

Wai Yee (Amy) Wong

Dissertation title: Consistency of examiner judgments in higher education – a case study of competency-based assessment in medical education
Institution: The University of Queensland
Doctoral mentors: Associate Professor Karen Moni, Associate Professor Chris Roberts, Associate Professor Lata Vadlamudi and Professor Jill Thistlethwaite

Amy Wong

Nompilo Tshuma

Dissertation title: A critical realist exploration of the culture of resistance in educational technology integration practices at a South African University
Institution: Rhodes University
Doctoral mentor: Prof Kirstin Krauss

Nompilo Tshuma

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