I am the Doctor: Viva Survivor Soundtrack

To celebrate the achievements of all Sussex PhD graduates and candidates who have recently defended or are about to defend their thesis online, we have come up with a celebratory ‘Viva Survivor Soundtrack’ on Spotify, Continue reading I am the Doctor: Viva Survivor Soundtrack

Viva via Zoom! Dr Fiona Scott reflects on her experience of defending her thesis during Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has moved examinations online, including vivas for doctoral students. I recently defended my medicinal chemistry PhD via Zoom. When lockdown was announced, I was editing my final results chapter. There was definitely a sense of mourning for the moments I wouldn’t get to experience in-person. When I left Brighton at Christmas to move home to write up, I didn’t say a proper … Continue reading Viva via Zoom! Dr Fiona Scott reflects on her experience of defending her thesis during Covid-19

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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What to expect from your Viva: a discussion.

What should I expect from the day of my Viva? Are all vivas the same? Are there some tips to help me personally prepare for that day? What can I learn from other people’s experiences? What are the regulations regarding the viva? What type of support is it provided?

The answers to these questions are arguably among the more important for doctoral researchers at any stage of their PhD experience. This is why the Research Hive Scholars invite you to share your doubts, questions and experiences during the Doctoral Discussion on “The viva experience: tips from PhD survivors” on the 18th May 2017 at 12pm in ARTS A04-GTS. Our guest speakers will be former PhD students from a range of disciplines and staff from the Research Administration Office.

Book via Eventbrite, here.

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