Saturday, 25 August 2018 11:00
Saturday, 25 August 2018 12:00
You’ve completed your thesis and submitted, now the Viva is upon you.
The Viva can be daunting. Viva examiners want to know that it is your work, you understand what you have written and are able to defend it. They may also explore how you placed your work in relation to the wider research field, along with future publication and research options. Preparation is key to performance at you Viva.
The Viva webinar will conducted by three academics to provide an over view of the basics of a Viva, including types of questions to expect and how to prepare for the viva; reflections from a graduate on their personal Viva experience; and from the perspective of an examiner.
Participants in this webinar will gain a better understanding on:
Dr. Ana Faria
Ana has been joining the DoctorateHub at the very early stage back in 2017 and is heading the DoctorateHub office.
Ana holds a PhD from the Engineering and Innovation Department at the Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology, The Open University UK, that has been awarded for her thesis on “The role of behaviour in the transition to more energy efficient use at home”. Her research combined positivist and constructivist paradigms, so to allow for both: statistically analyse the data, whilst also allowing for an exploration of the complex set of variables that influence human behaviour. With this her research used a mixed, multi-method research methodology, using both quantitative and qualitative research procedures. Quantitative research aimed to gain insight and identify issues for the subsequent qualitative phases of the empirical work, while the qualitative research aims to explore attitudes, behaviour and experiences through such methods as interviews or focus groups.
In addition to this Ana received a degree in Economics from the Universidade do Minho (PT), a degree in International Management from the RSM Erasmus University (NL), and a Master in Business Administration in International Industrial Management from the Esslingen University of Applied Science (DE), a MBA program that had been developed to cater the needs of international senior staff from local enterprises such Behr, Bosch, Daimler, Festo, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Kärcher, Porsche or Siemens.
Ana has over a decade work experience as a Project Manager, Business Developer and Management Controller in the field of the Rational Use of Energy, Sustainability, and Smart Cities. Ana has been responsible for the coordination and management of European Funds, or the development of strategic action plans for local municipalities, such as the SEAP (Strategic Action Plan) under the Covenant of Mayors Initiative. As a member of the Finance Group of the European initiative Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform she also improved her experience in the identification, adaptation and implementation of alternative financing models and sustainability models related to smart cities.
Dr. Nii Amponsah Amoo
Nii Amponsah career spans over 20 year in industry and over 15 year in academia, and therefore he’s a well seasoned scholar-practitioner.
In industry, Nii Amponsah held roles from Engineering, Project Management and as a Management Consultant. In academia, Nii Amponsah has worked as an academic in top U.K. universities including University of Leeds, Aston University, Essex University and Bradford University. Currently he holds a position as a senior academic in a U.K. university where he is engaged in working with doctoral students.
In the universities Nii Amponsah works with the Doctoral community in a number of ways - by being a Lead Facilitator in the Research Training Programmes, including Quantitative Research Methods and Mixed Methods Research; the Supervision of PhD/DBA students; the review of doctoral thesis; and Internal & External examiner of PhD/DBA thesis. Nii Amponsah received his PhD in Business Management from the Leeds University Business School and an MBA from Cardiff University all in the U.K.
His research interest are in strategy and leadership with emphasis on implementation, SMEs and Family Businesses. Nii Amponsah research work has been presented in a number of international conferences including the BAM and the AOM. His work has been published in a number of top international journals, including the Journal of Management Inquiry (JMI), Journal of Business Research (JBR), Energy Economics (EE), International Journal of Sustainable Strategic Management (IJSSM), and Management Control. He is a manuscript reviewer for IJSSM and also an Article Editor for Sage Publications.