I’m Nathan Ryder, and several years ago I had an idea: wouldn’t it be good to interview people about their viva and then share the interviews?

I started Viva Survivors in 2012 as a podcast because of this idea. I’ve been very fortunate in my day job as a skills trainer to be able to help a lot of PhD candidates prepare for their viva. I’ve delivered over 100 workshops and helped 2000+ people. Since 2012 the podcast has been a valuable part of what I share.

In 2017 I had another idea: the podcasts were really valuable, but they were also infrequent. I have ideas that I want to test and share, and I want to help as many PhD candidates as possible feel ready and confident for their viva. So Viva Survivors is now a daily blog of viva prep help. You can find out a little more about what the site is doing by taking a look at some of the posts. I’m trying a lot of different things because now, in April 2017, the blog is just starting. I have a lot of ideas, and I’m exploring how to communicate them. You can find more about the why of the blog here.

Please get in touch if you have questions about the posts, the podcast, the viva or anything. I’m always looking to do more and share more to help people prepare for the viva. There will be more and more through this site in 2017 and beyond. I’m really happy to be sharing an idea or something helpful every day.

If you want to you can contact me through the following ways:

If you or someone you know would like to share your PhD and viva experience with the Viva Survivors Podcast then definitely get in touch! Setting a time to record the interview can be tricky but we can make it happen.

The music in the Viva Survivors podcast for Episodes 1 to 63 is from a piece by Alice Hyde. Go check out her music here, and some of her amazing artwork here. From Episode 64 onwards the music was created by the AI of Jukedeck.