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wRiting, Submitting, Viva, and emPloyment (RSVP)

What is RSVP?

The RSVP course is for students who are approaching the end of their PhD, and is a blend of lectures and lively panel discussions to cover the fundamental things you need to know to make sure you get your PhD. We will have a range of expert speakers including staff from the Student Registry Office (formerly BoGS) to tell you the admin requirements, and experienced examiners to talk about the viva process. This runs every six months; roughly each summer and winter.

 


Feedback

Feedback from the last course included:

  • "Very good session. Clearly useful and a must-attend for all final year PhD students. I was quite anxious as I am not entirely sure what to expect in my final year of PhD in terms of viva, thesis submission procedure, etc."
  • "This course definitely puts me more at ease and ready to tackle my final year with confidence!"
  • "I think the course is suitable for any student either at the end of their 2nd year or at the beginning of the third year of PhD study."  
  • "It has given me plenty of time to plan for my viva, as well as to think what I want to do afterwards."

 

  • 100% said that they intended to apply the skills, techniques and knowledge from the course
  • 94% said the event was useful for them

 


The Next Course Date

The next RSVP course will run on:

  • Thursday 17 July 2014
  • 0920 - 1700
  • Lecture Theatre 2, Clinical School, Addenbrooke's site (map)

 

SessionSpeakerRole

Welcome and introduction

Dr Geraint Wyn Story Researcher Development Consultant for GSLS
Writing your dissertation and its practicalities Dr Martin Welch Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry
Starting to finish Dr Geraint Wyn Story Researcher Development Consultant for GSLS
Things you need to do before and when you submit Mrs Sarah Pickard

Student Registry Office

Lunch Break
Your viva Dr David Sargan PI at the Vet School, and Degree Committee chairman
Viva Q&A session Dr David Sargan, Dr Susan Ozanne, Dr Isabel Clare Experienced viva examiners
Careers in academia Q&A session

Dr David Sargan, Ms Sally Todd, Dr Joy Warde, Dr Susan Ozanne, Dr Matthew Seaman, Dr Johan Henriksson

PIs, Careers Advisers, Postdoc support and a postdoc.
Careers outside academia Ms Sally Todd

 Careers Adviser

Finish

 

 


Format

The day will be informal and interactive; students are encouraged to ask questions to the speakers during the sessions.

 


Booking a Place

Places do need to be booked so materials and catering can be provided. You can book a place by clicking on this link.