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DoctorateHub | 2021

Learning Café

'The Viva Preparation – Getting Ready for the Viva!’ series (1/8): Thesis introduction

Learning Café

'The Viva Preparation – Getting Ready for the Viva!’ series (1/8): Thesis introduction

Location: Online
Start date: Wednesday, 31 March 2021 12:00 GMT | 13:00 UK time
Associated Training Series: Viva Preparation training session series

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Wednesday, 31 March 2021

12:00 GMT

13:00 UK time

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Wednesday, 31 March 2021

13:00 GMT

14:00 UK time




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 1 | Week 1: Providing a general introduction to your thesis.

We kindly ask session participants to pick the most challenging question and test if you manage to answer it. During the session you then will have the chance to receive feedback on your possible response to the question, or alternatively, to clarify any doubts that you might have.  If you prefer feedback in written, then please submit your most challenging question(s) and draft response(s) via the ‘submit assignment’ function in the course within the respective Task.


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.


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.



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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.


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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