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Liverpool – December 1, 2014 – Dr Taylor (centre, green hood) with left to right: Dr Anne Qualter, Director of Academic Development and Lifelong Learning, University of Liverpool; Dr Peter Kahn, Director of Studies, EdD in Higher Education, University of Liverpool; Dr Ian Willis, Head of the Educational Development Division, Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Liverpool (Dr Taylor’s thesis supervisor), and Professor Clare Pickles, Director of Online Studies, EdD in Higher Education, Laureate Online Education.

The Reverend Dr David C.M. Taylor of Liverpool, UK, received his Doctor of Education (EdD) in Higher Education on 1 December, becoming the University of Liverpool’s first graduate of the fully online EdD programme as well as the University’s first online doctoral graduate.

Dr Taylor, a University of Liverpool lecturer, Reader in Medical Education at the School of Medicine and Director of the University’s postgraduate programme in Medical Education prepared his doctoral thesis on ‘Clinical academics' views on teaching undergraduate medical students’.

“I am hugely grateful to my family and my supervisors and fellow students on the programme, and of course to the Higher Education Academy – since it was winning a National Teaching Fellowship that funded the programme for me,” said Dr Taylor, who is a Church of England priest and army chaplain.

“I am proud to be the first University of Liverpool graduate with an EdD, and I am really looking forward to the future with renewed enthusiasm to use this degree to bring about improvements for our students.”

Dr Peter Kahn, University of Liverpool Director of Studies for the online EdD programme said: “We are delighted to have our first graduate from the University’s online EdD in Higher Education. I have known David as a colleague here at the University for many years now, so it is particularly pleasing that our first graduate is local to the institution. I must also say that one of the things that I have most enjoyed as Director of Studies is engaging with students from across the world, and I know that this has been similar for David”.

The online EdD programme – the only Doctorate of Education offered by the University – started some 3.5 years ago. A number of other EdD students will shortly be submitting their final thesis and completing their viva voce (oral examination).

Professor Clare Pickles, Director of Online Studies, EdD in Higher Education, Laureate Online Education said: “I am delighted to congratulate Dr Taylor on the award of the EdD in such good time! David is a wonderful ambassador for the programme and his experiences and thesis have clear impact upon his professional interests at the University of Liverpool. The EdD has a focus on Higher Education and David has been able to study online with truly international fellow students, enabling him to gain a global perspective on Higher Education issues and hopefully a lasting network of Higher Education professionals”.

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