Saturday, 16 March 2019 12:00
Saturday, 16 March 2019 13:00
The Viva is a make it or break it point. It is the ultimate hurdle between you and the finishing of your doctorate. Consequently, it is a recurrent theme at the DoctorateHub with the Mock Viva Service gaining in popularity over recent months.
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.
This webinar will assist doctoral students in:
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.