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    Preparing Your Student for Viva
    Provider   Organisational and Staff Development Unit

    This session is designed to complement the training offered to Viva candidates at Strathclyde. This workshop can be used as a ‘Academic Writing & the Viva Voce Exam’ option towards the Strathclyde Supervisor Development Programme.

Duration 3 hours

Course Type Live Stream

Booking Status Waiting List

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Target Audience: All staff with a role in PG Research Supervision

The Viva is the culmination of many years of dedicated research into which the candidate has poured (usually, anyway) a good deal of effort, motivation and determination, and that has encompassed highs and lows that tested their intellectual and personal resilience. As a supervisor it can feel like an equally auspicious event, marking similar achievements and challenges. With, or possibly despite, this significance, how can you help your researchers to engage with this process and make it the kind of constructive and positive event we’d all like it to be. And how can we do this while minimising anxiety and noting that ‘constructive and positive’ does not necessarily mean ‘easy’ or ‘without criticism’.  

This session is designed to complement the training offered to Viva candidates at Strathclyde, and to share some of the tools and approaches that supervisors can use with their researchers. The workshop also allows the sharing and answering of questions or concerns from both candidates and supervisors.  This workshop can be used as a ‘Academic Writing & the Viva Voce Exam’ option towards the Strathclyde Supervisor Development Programme.   

By the end of the workshop, you will have:

  • Explored the Viva process at Strathclyde and its outcomes
  • Practiced a tool for easing the pressure of the situation with researchers
  • Looked at the common concerns and questions that candidates have at Strathclyde
  • Discussed your own concerns and questions

** This is an optional module of the Strathclyde Supervisor Development Programme (see link to webpage below) **



We are committed to ensuring our events and courses are accessible to all staff. If you feel you have a disability, health issue, or neurodivergent condition that may affect your ability to access, participate or engage in this course, please get in touch with us at osdu@strath.ac.uk to discuss your specific support requirements.

Delivered By: OSDU - Lead Facilitator Jamie McDonald


If you are taking this course as part of the Strathclyde Supervisor Development Programme to become a First or Second Supervisor, you must enrol on this MyPlace class to register for the programme and to track your progress:

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A Department / School is welcome to send someone else in your place if they wish without incurring a charge, providing that person has the necessary prerequisites for the course. In the case of courses split over more than one day, you are expected to attend ALL parts of the course.

*This is the standard charge for cancellation or non-attendance of a course of 1-day duration or less. For some courses, there may be a higher cancellation charge and if this is the case you will be advised of this at the time of booking.