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College of Arts: The Viva – A Participatory Masterclass

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LN6 7TS

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This one hour session provides essential information, tips, and recent reactions– from the viewpoint of an external examiner and supervisor, plus two students who have undergone the experience recently. At least half the time will be given over to questions. This participatory workshop, aimed at all PGR students who face a viva, will comprise:

1. Fear and Loathing in Lincoln? Professor Jane Chapman will ask whether you should feel trepidation about, or welcome the help of the external? Jane will talk about expectations and reality from her experiences as both examiner and supervisor, and the learning points these personal thoughts may provoke (whilst preserving anonymity at all times).

2. Remembrance of Things Past? Once it’s over, is it best forgotten? Two Lincoln PhDs, in conversation, discuss their own memories and thoughts after the event.

3. Speakeasy Q and A ("I hope she'll be a speakeasy attendee - that's the best thing a girl can be in the world"- Gatsby) Other gender/s also welcome, at this ‘safe space’ (another cliché) for you to pick up tips and voice concerns about the inevitable event to come.

Prof. Jane Chapman has examined PhDs at 7 different universities in England, Wales and Europe since 2009, in a variety of departments, including American Studies, Media, English, History, Journalism, and European Studies. She currently supervises a range of MRes., PhD and PhD by Practice students.

This session is open to all PGR students, registration priority will be given to College of Arts PGR students.

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