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DoctorateHub | 2021

Learning Café

Pre- and Post Viva Series (2/6): My Viva is soon. And now?

Learning Café

Pre- and Post Viva Series (2/6): My Viva is soon. And now?

Location: Online
Start date: Saturday, 30 January 2021 12:00 GMT | 12:00 UK time

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Saturday, 30 January 2021

12:00 GMT

12:00 UK time

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Saturday, 30 January 2021

13:00 GMT

13:00 UK time




From 23 January to 27 February the DoctorateHub is running a 6-week pre- and post-viva preparation series (check program tab for details) consisting of webinars provided by experts and peer-driven Learning Cafes.

This first Learning Café in the Viva series is dedicated to those that are approaching the Viva and would like to learn on how to prepare for it.

The Learning Café will provide an open forum for discussion about the more obvious, and the less obvious aspects of what to consider and prepare for during the Viva. The Viva is a 'Make or break' event. It's perhaps also worth reflectingon how you, as a person, react in 'break it' situations.

The DoctorateHub team have asked Jacqueline Hiddlestone to chair the session, drawing on her own experience as a scholar-practitioner who has been through the Viva.

The Learning Café will take place at 12.00noon GMT/UK time on Saturday, 30th January 2021, and we look forward to a lively, interactive, discussion.

Why not grab a coffee or social drink and join in on the online Learning Café.

To maximise the learning for participants, questions may be posted to the Learning Café discussion board after you register. These will be addressed during the Learning Café.


About our Learning Café

Our online Learning Café’s 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

Get an understanding on what the Viva is all about. Understand what things you should prepare for from a thesis research perspective, and what you should consider from a communication and presentation view. 


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From 23 January to 27 February the DoctorateHub is running a 6-week pre- and post-viva preparation series consisting of webinars provided by experts and peer-driven Learning Cafes. The weekly topics are outlined below and registration to the Viva related sessions is now open.

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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