Preparing for Your Viva: Successful Strategies for Planning & Performance
Thursday 28 March | 1030 - 1700 | Central London
Have you submitted your thesis, or are you close to completion? This one-day workshop is designed to guide you through the process of preparing for your viva and giving your best possible performance on the day.
Through activities, discussion, and short training sessions, you’ll learn lots of techniques for successfully defending your thesis. We’ll also stage some mock vivas to get you used to the format in a supportive environment.
By the end of the session you’ll have:
An understanding of the purpose and format of a viva
Techniques for preparing your research material
Sample viva questions to practice
Experience of a mock viva
About the workshop facilitator
Dr Catherine Pope is an experienced coach and workshop facilitator. Since completing her PhD in 2014, Catherine has worked with thousands of researchers and writers to help them achieve their goals. She runs workshops and writing retreats at many universities, including Sussex, Birkbeck, Canterbury Christ Church, Portsmouth, and Surrey. Catherine has also published books in her field of Victorian literature and on technology. She divides her time between the 19th and 21st centuries.
10.00-10.30 Welcome & Introductions
10.30-11.00 What are you concerns about the viva?
11.00-11.30 What is a viva & how do I prepare?
11.30-11.45 TEA BREAK
11.45-13.00 Preparing for examiners’ questions
14.00-14.30 Mock Viva I
14.30-15.15 Answering Strategies
15.15-15.30 TEA BREAK
15.30-16.15 Mock Viva II
16.15-16.45 Performance Tips; Summary; Finish
Terms and conditions
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