In this research staff led IAD Pop-Up session we focused on vivas, including online vivas. If you are unsure of what to expect during your viva, or if it seem like a scary process, who better to get some advice from than people who’ve done it and a PI who runs them! This session was designed by experienced examiner Dr Gillian Gray, recently viva’d Dr. Nathanael O’Neill, and postdocs Dr Natalie Jones, Dr Marlene Magalhaes Pinto, and Dr Antonis Asiminas, all from CMVM. They provide their honest insights into how they approached and survived their viva, explain how to have the best overall experience as well as answering any questions participants had about the whole process.
As well as the recording of the session, this post includes the slides and a number of links that came up during the design of the session and from questions we received on the day. It also includes answers to any questions we did not get to answer during the live session.
You can find useful links and support on our IAD webpages for preparing for your viva
The Doctoral Education team in IAD have put together a page which includes all the codes and regulations relating to a PhD: PhD Regulations
A few weeks ago there was a session on thesis writing, which might help you if you are still in the process of writing: The Insider’s Guide to Thesis Writing.
Advice for examiners and internal examiners is also available from the Edinburgh Clinical Medical School Athena SWAN website. These slides were presented at a lunchtime forum for ECRs on how to run a successful viva from an examiners point of view.
And remember that preparing for and doing your viva can be a very stressful time. Take care of your mental and physical health whilst you are preparing with the help of other important members of our community.
Or visit the Health and Wellbeing websites for:
The Covid19 student webpage includes a section for PGRs – scroll down – https://www.ed.ac.uk/news/covid-19/current-students