Viva Survivor: a three hour viva preparation workshop
Viva for your PhD coming up, but not sure how to prepare? Confident about your research, but unsure of what examiners might ask? Feeling mostly happy, but still have unanswered questions about what to expect?
Dr Nathan Ryder has been helping PhD candidates in universities around the UK for years. He is the creator of the Viva Survivors Podcast, and his Viva Survivor workshop has helped almost 2000 researchers prepare for the viva. This is the first time that the session will be delivered outside of a university, opening up this workshop to a wider audience. Nathan is aiming to make it even more valuable and special for participants. If you attend, then by the end of this session you will have:
- identified what examiners are looking for when they examine your thesis;
- discussed the many ways that others can support your preparation;
- explored valuable viva preparation methods;
- established realistic expectations for your viva;
- discussed common questions about the PhD viva.
Participants will have opportunities to ask any and all questions, so that everyone can finish the session unburdened and ready for the viva! In three hours we'll cover a lot, and participants will be encouraged to approach their viva with confidence - you've done the hard work by doing research, and this session will help with the final steps of the journey.
As well as an intense three-hour workshop, participants will receive supporting materials for the session, including course booklets, e-books and more.
The workshop will take place in the Classroom at Ziferblat Manchester. Ziferblat has built a great reputation as an alternative meeting space, and the location has been picked both for the atmosphere and easy transport access. Light refreshments will be available throughout the workshop - and you can arrive early to make sure you're as caffeinated and fed as you want to be!
Feedback & Testimonials
“The course is very useful for understanding what a viva will be and making it seem less scary. Nathan was very approachable, and clearly explained and structured information.”
University of Manchester participant
“Thank you very much, this is the most useful course that I’ve taken since I started my PhD.”
University of Liverpool participant
“Thank you for the 'Viva Survivor' session which really helped with my doctoral viva last Friday - 'exemplary'!”
Bangor University participant
“I passed my viva yesterday and I've no doubt that without attending your workshop it would have been not nearly as pleasant an experience! I felt at ease knowing that I'd properly prepared and I enjoyed it.”
University of Sheffield participant
What are my transport/parking options for the event?
Ziferblat is approximately ten minutes' walk from both Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly train stations. There is an NCP car park nearby on Thomas Street.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes, but please notify us in advance so that we can update our records. You don't need to bring a printed ticket with you, but you will have to sign in.
What is the refund policy?
There are no refunds for this workshop. However, if you find yourself unable to attend, you are free to transfer your place to someone else - just let us know so that we can update our records. If you want to attend a future event then we would be happy to let you know as soon as tickets become available.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
Yes, just let us know in advance so we can make a note.
Where can I find out more about Dr Nathan Ryder?
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You can email Nathan directly at nathan (at) nathanryder (dot) co (dot) uk