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CHASE Essentials: Preparing for Your Viva: Successful Strategies for Planning & Performance

Have you submitted your thesis, or are you close to completion? This one-day workshop is designed to guide you through the process of preparing for your viva and giving your best possible performance on the day.

Through activities, discussion, and short training sessions, you’ll learn lots of techniques for successfully defending your thesis. We’ll also stage some mock vivas to get you used to the format in a supportive environment.

By the end of the session you’ll have:

  • An understanding of the purpose and format of a viva

  • Techniques for preparing your research material

  • Sample viva questions to practice

  • Experience of a mock viva

Please note, the exact location of the training will be confirmed in an email to successful applicants.



  Welcome & Introductions


  What are you concerns about the viva?


  What is a viva & how do I prepare?




  Preparing for examiners’ questions




  Mock Viva I


  Answering Strategies




  Mock Viva II


  Performance Tips; Summary; Finish

About the Facilitator

Dr Catherine Pope is an experienced coach and workshop facilitator. Since completing her PhD in 2014, Catherine has worked with thousands of researchers and writers to help them achieve their goals. She runs workshops and writing retreats at many universities, including Sussex, Birkbeck, Canterbury Christ Church, Portsmouth, and Surrey. Catherine has also published books in her field of Victorian literature and on technology. She divides her time between the 19th and 21st centuries.

Terms and conditions

The following groups are eligible to attend the training

By registering below you are requesting a place on this training programme or selected sessions that form part of the programme. A member of the CHASE team or the workshop leader will contact you in due course to confirm that a place has been allocated to you.

If you are allocated a place but can no longer attend, please email so that your place can be reallocated. CHASE training is free to attend and events are often oversubscribed with a waiting list. Failure to notify us of non-attendance in good time (ideally 5 days prior to the workshop/programme) means your place cannot be reallocated and may result in your access to future CHASE training being restricted.