Planned, Written, Edited and Published in 4 days!

It took me a while to recover from the planning and participating in The Great Sussex Book Sprint, that’s why it has taken me 8 days to tell you about it.

IMG-20170530-WA0008The Book Sprint started on Tuesday 30th May at 10 am. At about 9 am I arrived in the Sussex Humanities Lab (SHL) in the Silverstone Building. Catherine Pope, our facilitator, was there already, setting up and writing a whole bunch of stuff on papers on the walls. It already looked like it was going to be busy and frantic. Stationary was spread on the tables, breakfast had been brought and the sun was shining in the garden. Slowly, the authors started arriving and we actually got to know each other for the first time. Continue reading


The viva experience: a recap of our doctoral discussion. Part1

First of all, the Sussex Research Hive Scholars would like to thank all the participants and the speakers who joined our doctoral discussion last week!

Notwithstanding the unfortunate room where it took place, the event was a success. We had a very interesting discussion on different types of viva experiences and a very dynamic Q&A session highlighting the main concerns shared by PhD students preparing for this important milestone in their doctoral studies.

I’ll try to summarise my 14 pages of notes in this blog post, but you will probably read the second part of the recap next week.

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Guest blog post: How to not just survive, but to enjoy your PhD Viva

Interested in knowing more about the Viva Experience? Join our doctoral discussion    on Thursday, 18th May at 12pm.

Book your place, here.

How to not just survive, but to enjoy your PhD Viva

by Mari Martiskainen

A few months ago I wrote a post about What it is like to do a PhD.   I was then nearing towards submitting my PhD thesis for examination and starting to think about the final examination, a PhD Viva. Continue reading