Research Essentials

Perspectives on an academic environment: a collaborative blog by Gill Clough & Rebecca Ferguson

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Entries from July 2009

Top 40 Potential Viva Questions

July 21st, 2009 · 41 Comments

I submitted my thesis way back in March but, somewhere between CREET and the Research School, the documentation was lost or abandoned for a couple of months. Add to that a spell in hospital when they finally got round to fixing a date – and I’m left with a viva in late August, when my […]

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The day of the viva – successful!

July 1st, 2009 · 6 Comments

Vivas tend to be in the afternoon. This gives the external time to get to the university. So, I had all morning to get up peacefully, shower and try to be in the right frame of mind. I had lunch at about 10:30 because I didn’t want to have to be thinking about it at […]

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Preparing for the Viva

July 1st, 2009 · 1 Comment

The dreaded day approached. I’d been adopting the fairly successful “head in the sand” approach for some time. I enjoy writing and found producing the thesis a rewarding activity, but the idea of “defending” it against challenges never did appeal. I’d spend the past 3years 6 months not thinking about it and the run up […]

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