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DoctorateHub | 2019


Getting Major Changes in the Viva and how to address these


Getting Major Changes in the Viva and how to address these

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Start date: Saturday, 03 August 2019 11:00 GMT | 12:00 UK time

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Saturday, 03 August 2019

11:00 GMT

12:00 UK time

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Saturday, 03 August 2019

12:00 GMT

13:00 UK time


Getting major changes in the Viva is perhaps not the most desired outcome, but it is still not the end. What it means is that the work is not up to the standard and that there still will be some considerable effort required to bring it to the standard. The most crucial point is perhaps: do you understand why you got major changes, and do you know how to address these? 

To support you in understanding how to address major changes in the Viva, we will run a free interactive webinar to be held on the 3rd August 2019 at 12 noon UK time (11.00 GMT).

Key Take-Aways

This webinar will assist doctoral students in: 

  1. Understanding the reasons leading for getting major changes.
  2. Interpreting feedback provided by the examiners.
  3. Distinguishing in between changes that can be addressed in isolation, and those that need an integrated approach.
  4. Rebuilding their thesis in accordance to the change requests.


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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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