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  1. Lyle

    I’m working my way through the podcasts, and in the descriptions I don’t see anything yet on how to handle a “hostile” viva, or people who’ve survived them. The tweet you posted about relaxing because “if you’ve made it to the viva, they’re giving you the PhD” isn’t entirely true! A friend of mine recently went through a really tough viva where one examiner was antagonistic, and I think it might help preparations to have some tools in the bucket to deal with that. Apart from throwing up profusely. 😉

    • admin

      Thanks for your comment Lyle! I’ve come across very, very few people who have had “nightmare” or “hostile” vivas, which is why I’ve not had anyone on yet who has had one. I have exchanged emails with someone who wasn’t sure about taking part because they had a bad experience. I agree that it would be good to cover, I’ve just not figured out how to do it yet.

      That said, I can’t say no to a challenge these days, so leave it with me 🙂

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