What if your external examiner cancels with a week to go?
What do you do if you get an email asking you for submission fees, and you’re sure that doesn’t apply to you?
What would you do if you broke your leg or just got sick a few days before your viva?
What do you do? Who do you call?
You can’t plan what you would do for every unexpected event – they’re unexpected, of course! But you can be a little prepared all the same. Spend two minutes as soon as possible, months before your viva if that’s where you are now: get a name, email address and phone number for someone at your university who could help in case anything unexpected, a real emergency, happens in the lead up to your viva.
Your supervisor might be the person to call, but equally it could be a member of staff in your Graduate School or Doctoral College. Figure out who the most likely person is, get their contact details written on a Post-it Note and put that away just in case.
You’ll never know when an emergency will strike, you can’t always know how it might be solved. But you can know who to contact first to help you.