Tag: viva research

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…

Goals for 2015

On Monday I shared some of my highlights for 2014, but of course a New Year is not all about looking back, it’s about thinking and planning ahead too. I’ve written about setting objectives and goals before, so I’ll try and follow my own advice when it comes to thinking about my year ahead! Some of these are objectives, some…

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.…

Viva Experience Research, Part 1: Background

To Begin With My viva was four hours long, and I was stood in front of a chalkboard for the entire duration. Yeah: I know. After my PhD, I started work as a skills trainer with postgraduate researchers, and I began delivering sessions on viva preparation. I could tell people about my viva, and about other vivas I had heard…