It’s summer! There’s no days off for Viva Survivors, there’ll continue to be a new post every day, same as always, but I will be taking more time off for August so if anyone drops me an email or tweets at me there could be a gap before I get back to you.

I’m using some of my down time to think about more resources that I want to share on the site. I have some ideas that I would love to share but I think they’d be done best through the medium of video rather than text, so we’ll have to see how these develop 🙂

I’ve taken my print books off sale for now, as I don’t want to go to the Post Office throughout August, but to compensate for that there’s a 40% code off all of my ebooks until the end of August. Simply go to, select whichever ebooks you want and then use code SUMMER2018 before you pay. That’s it, 40% off 🙂

There’s a new post every day throughout August. Take a day off here and there, even if your viva is coming up soon. Take time to reflect, refresh and revive.

Enjoy your summer!


It’s my birthday! I’m taking the day off, and sharing the happy with 50% off my ebooks 😀

I won’t say how old I am today, but if you use the offer code THIRTYSEVEN before midnight on Monday 22nd January 2018 then you can get 50% off all of my ebooks at Just enter the code when prompted and you’re all set!

Thanks for reading, and do feel free to share the code with anyone who might find it useful 🙂

Back tomorrow with more viva help and advice!

Episode 33: Dr Helen Kara

In the first episode of 2015, I’m very happy to be interviewing Dr Helen Kara, who is an independent researcher and director of We Research It Ltd. Helen completed her PhD on the emotion work of managers of Sure Start Children’s Centre, and it was great to talk to her about this – and of course her viva – but also her experience of starting a PhD following several years of being a researcher.

Helen has written a book on research methods, as well as several short guides on aspects of doing research. You can find her Amazon author page here. Feel free to leave comments or ask questions on this post, or you can get in touch by tweeting @VivaSurvivors or emailing me! I’m looking for more interviewees to share their PhD and viva stories this year, as well as people happy to talk about academic life or being an examiner. Please get in touch!

Thanks for listening! (and reading!)

Nathan (@DrRyder and @VivaSurvivors)