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DoctorateHub | 2021

Learning Café

'The Viva Preparation – Getting Ready for the Viva!’ series (4/8): Data and Findings

Learning Café

'The Viva Preparation – Getting Ready for the Viva!’ series (4/8): Data and Findings

Location: Online
Start date: Wednesday, 21 April 2021 11:00 GMT
Associated Training Series: Viva Preparation training session series

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Wednesday, 21 April 2021 11:00 GMT

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Wednesday, 21 April 2021 12:00 GMT




This Learning Café is part of an 8-week Viva preparation training session series in which we will be working through our ‘The Viva Preparation – Getting Ready for the Viva!’ advanced training course.


This week focuses on:

  • Task 4 | Week 4: Data and Findings  


Those interested in participating are advised to register for the full 8-week Viva preparation training series. Enrolling at the training session series will automatically enrol you at our Self-Study version of the Viva preparation course together with enrolling you at the 8 training sessions.


As an alternative you can always register to the course independently and sign up for each Learning Café session that you would like to attend but we strongly recommend you to do this at the Training series level.


Participation in the Learning Café session and the Self-Study version of the course are free of charge.


All Learning Cafés will take place on Wednesdays at 12 noon UK time (GMT+1). Each week participants have the option of submitting their weekly course assignment for peer feedback via the Self-Study course version and to raise any follow up questions to the tutor during the Learning Café training session. Your course tutor may also select some assignments for illustrative purposes and follow up discussion.


We kindly ask those that are interested in receiving feedback on their assignments to submit them at least 24 hours prior to the Learning Café session, being Tuesdays, 12 noon UK time (GMT+1). Only with this, participants will have the chance to receive peer feedback on their assignments and to allow the tutor to select illustrative assignments prior to the Learning Café.


The first half of the Learning Café will be dedicated to such follow up questions, while the second half of the Learning Café will follow more generally on the weekly course subject focus.


To maximise learning, the first part of the Learning Café session concerned with follow up questions will be recorded and made available for replay. The second part of the Learning Café session will provide space for an open floor non-recorded discussion. 


In addition to this, questions may be posted to the Learning Café discussion board after your registration. These will be addressed during the Learning Café.


About our Learning Cafés

Our online Learning Café are free and are an open discussion session around a nominated topic, or where you just need a space to discuss any aspect of your thesis journey and beyond in a supportive peer-based environment.


Get together with doctoral peers and academics to exchange ideas and knowledge, learn and discuss your doctoral journey and post-graduation, including the various approaches to publishing from your thesis. Network and get a reality check on how your work is progressing compared to others, and offer your insights for peer learning.



Key Take-Aways

This Learning Café series will assist doctoral students to:

  1. Gain practice on how to present and defend your thesis;
  2. Understand how to interpret and react to critical and probing questions;
  3. Learn about the do’s and don’ts on critical engagement and research presentation;
  4. Get the‘make or break’ experience within a safe environment.


The foci of the Learning Cafés are as follows:

Task 1 | Week 1: Thesis introduction 

Task 1 will consist of a general introduction to the thesis.

Task 2 | Week 2: Literature Review 

Task 2 will focus on the literature review of your thesis.

Task 3 | Week 3: Methodology 

Task 3 | Week 4 will focus on the methodology of your thesis.

Task 4 | Week 4: Data and Findings 

Task 4 will focus on the data and findings of your thesis.

Task 5 | Week 5: Analysis and Evaluation 

Task 5 will focus on the analysis and evaluation of your thesis. 

Task 6 | Week 6: Conclusions, Recommendations, and Future Research 

Task 6 will focus on the conclusions, recommendations, and future research of your thesis.

Task 7 | Week 7: Impact, Actionability, and Personal Development 

Task 7 will focus on the impact, actionability, and personal development of your thesis.

Task 8 | Week 8: Mini Mock Viva – Speed Navigation through the Thesis 

Task 8 will provide you with a Mock Viva experience at which you are expected to cover all of the areas that you worked on during the past 7 Tasks within one single oral presentation and discussion of no more than 45 minutes.


Click to register for the 8-week Viva preparation training session series.


Jacqueline takes the approach of learning together where the art of conversation is but one vital learning tool. With online and virtual meetings increasing throughout these unusual times, group discussions help disseminate knowledge through shared experience and pragmatic dialogue; as well as checking in that we are each OK. To quote Randolph Bourne: 'A good discussion increases the dimensions of everyone who takes part.'

With over 30 years in the private, public and academic sectors, Jacqueline combines academic endeavours with practice. She has covering strategy development through to operational delivery, compliance and regulation, seeking to apply her learnings in each organisation she’s worked in or on, across volunteering, academia and Board roles. In combining academia with depth of practical application, Jacqueline has drawn on her various qualifications to enhance her experience and improve her business document and report writing to Board level and publishing.

Jacqueline is currently completing her Doctorate of Business Administration based on an action learning approach as part of her ongoing scholar-practitioner learning. She has published in peer-reviewed journals, presented conference papers, and provided peer reviews for both; along with being a co-chair for the strategy track of the Strategy Special Interest Group at the British Academy of Management. Jacqueline is currently combining her strategy to operations delivery consulting with teaching undergraduate and masters subjects at various universities, as well as recently developing and delivering a case-study masters level subject.

I am one of the DoctorateHub’s Co-founders with a particular focus on strategic development and building up of the various DoctorateHub support services that we provide.

I have been a portfolio worker for most parts of my career and I am constantly looking for opportunities where to apply my knowledge and analytical skills, which also lead to the DoctorateHub back in 2016.

Since 2012, I have tutored, mentored and coached beyond 500 professional doctoral students (mid to seniors, aged 35 to 70) both with the University of Liverpool Management School’s Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) program (UK), and since 2016 also with DoctorateHub. This allowed me to understand how to tackle problems at scale, be it the tame, the complex, or the wicked. 500+ students also implies 500+ workplace-based problems which I had the chance to look at. And while working with such an array of problems allows for quite some learningit also has shown to me that very often it is quite exhaustive for such grown up and seasoned research novices. In response to this, we thus decided to set up the DoctorateHub, so to provide training, mentoring, and coaching services to all those that struggle to get their workplace-based issues identified, analysed, understood, written up in a thesis, and ultimately resolved.

In addition to this, I am also an active research fellow who has an interest in applied research, have more than a decade of global experience as a contract researcher in the areas of Innovation, ICT and the Internet, Education, Management, and Economics. I have a track record as Principal Investigator in the development and management of research, training and capacity building projects within Europe and across the globe; managing in-house teams and globally distributed external research, development and training teams, and have worked for a number of leading academic institutions, such as the United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), who has been ranked as one of the global top 3 institutes in its domain next to Harvard, MIT, Stanford and the London School of Economics.

As for my educational background, I obtained my PhD in 2011 from The Open University (UK) for work carried out at the Institute of Educational Technologies and that is titled ‘The Emergence of Free / Open Courses - Lessons from the Open Source Movement’. I am also holding three higher education degrees in management from universities in France, Germany and The Netherlands, and with majors in ‘International Management’ and in ‘Human Resources and Organizational Management’. 

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