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Viva Research 2015

Last year I asked seven questions about the viva, got 302 responses to them, and used the results to start to get an idea of what the viva in the UK is like. I did this because I’m passionate about helping PhD candidates prepare for the viva, and I thought that I could: find out more information to help them…

Viva Experience Research, Part 4: What People Say

“What three words come to mind when you think of your viva?” This question was the most challenging part of my research in to the viva to date, and also one of the most interesting. The quantitative answers that I found – explored in Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s posts – were interesting, and I think have a lot to offer people…

Viva Experience Research, Part 3: Forming An Outline

The Story So Far In yesterday’s post I shared some results from my survey about the length of vivas; the percentage of graduates that get minor corrections; the discovery that 20.9% of PhD graduates are told at the start of their viva that they have passed. These results get more interesting when we take into account research disciplines of respondents.…

KISS – Complex ≠ Awesome

Today’s post is the last in my series on acronyms and ideas that have really helped me – and that I’ve seen help others. It will also be shorter than the other seven in this series. My hope is that these posts have been clear, and that they are straight forward for people to apply. You can use INTRO to…

BOOST – The Best Feedback

Ugh What’s worse: giving or receiving feedback? Does it make a difference in either case if you know that the feedback is going to be positive or negative? No-one likes to be the bearer of “bad” news, and negative feedback could always be taken that way, even if we want to frame it as constructive. If we are receiving feedback…

STAR – Evaluate Your Strengths

Does anyone reading this like being interviewed? How many times have you sat in an interview and not known what to say? On the few occasions when I have been in an interview, I felt uncomfortable when I was asked “about a time that I worked well in a team,” or “showed leadership” or “solved a problem”. I knew of…

PMI – Evaluating Ideas Easily

Previously, on this blog… I finished last week’s series of posts with DRC – Dreamer, Realist, Critic. It’s easy, I think to be a Critic, but much harder to be a Critic in a rigorous or fair way. Today’s acronym gives a way to do that. PMI or Plus, Minus, Interesting is a thinking tool made popular by Edward de…

DRC – Directing Reliable Creativity

That’s not what it stands for In the first post next week I want to share a great concept for evaluating ideas; to round out this week’s posts I thought I would share something that has had a profound impact on the way I approach creativity over the last few years. I’ve heard feedback from lots of people who say…