I was talking with someone recently about the first-year viva. Sometimes it’s called a transfer viva or an upgrade viva. The person I was talking to referred to it as “the baby viva” and in that second I smiled and could see exactly what they meant.
- The baby viva because it’s smaller.
- The baby viva because you’re still concerned: just because it’s small doesn’t meant that it’s not important to get it right!
- The baby viva because there’s still a long way to go.
- The baby viva because a lot of the fundamentals are still the same as the final viva – research, preparation and discussion.
I’m not sure that the term “baby viva” will catch on! But it helps to frame things.