What nobody tells you about ‘minor corrections’

Have you ever wondered what happens after the examiners give you feedback on your dissertation? In the UK and many other countries, this feedback is given in an oral presentation called the Viva. The viva is becoming more common in Australia, but most people will still get a written report from the examiners. It is … Continue reading What nobody tells you about ‘minor corrections’

What to do when your thesis is rejected by the examiners

If you start a blog called 'The Thesis Whisperer' I suppose you should expect students to write to you asking for personal help. What has surprised me however is how OFTEN I get emails from students who are upset, confused or just plain pissed off. Mostly these students are complaining about their supervisors. The rate … Continue reading What to do when your thesis is rejected by the examiners

When are you really finished with a PhD?

Lauren Gawne was a PhD student in the School of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Melbourne. She wrote this post while she was in 'examination limbo' has now received her examiners reports back and found out she has passed. When she isn't working on the grammar of Yolmo and making bets about how … Continue reading When are you really finished with a PhD?

Doing your amendments without losing heart (or your mind)

Many research students in Australia will be planning to submit their thesis next month. Let's fast forward to that sweet moment you find out your examiners reports are back, or completed your Viva and been told you have passed. Congratulations! Time to ring up the bank and the passport office to get that long awaited … Continue reading Doing your amendments without losing heart (or your mind)

Giving feedback on student drafts

This post was written by my fellow blogger Dr Geof Hill a.k.a The Research Supervisor's friend. This post was written to help supervisors give better feedback, but I asked Geof if I could publish it here. Complaints about quality of feedback from supervisors are common. If your supervisor could do with some pointers, perhaps you could print this out and accidentally on purpose leave it lying in their office...

No Custard Pies!

Watching Rupert and James Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks facing the UK’s Culture, Media and Sport Committee, surrounded by media hounds and with the world's TV cameras scrutinising every breath, I couldn’t help reflecting that a doctoral viva voce (or defense) is really very civilised by comparison...