Saturday, 05 December 2020 12:00 GMT
Saturday, 05 December 2020 13:00 GMT
The Viva is a make it or break it point. It is the ultimate hurdle between you and the finishing of your doctorate.
What are examiners looking for?, How do I understand the motivations around their questions?, and What could be a ‘Plan B’ in case that things don’t go as expected? These are the types of questions all viva candidates have.
And while a Viva fail happens on occasion, it is more likely the type of feedback is a pass with either a minor or major revision. Depending on how the Viva went, a minor revision could take up the full 6 months allowed. Whereas a major revision could either correspond with another 6-month’s concerted work effort… or up to another 2 years of struggle (and potentially a slow, silent death of the doctorate journey).
Therefore, in this next webinar the DoctorateHub will look in detail on how to handle feedback in the Viva, and how to ensure this will be as smooth-running and joyful experience as possible. After all, it is the only time the focus will be on you and your expertise in your subject.
The webinar will take place at 12.00noon GMT / UK time and we look forward to a lively discussion.
This webinar will assist doctoral students in:
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 learning, it 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’.