Preparing for your Viva? – The Good Viva video has been updated

PGR Development have now purchased a new update to the ‘Good Viva Video’, which is offered as part of our package of advice to help all PGRs at Liverpool prepare for their PhD viva. The viva has been recently updated by Angel productions and has a new, updated script.

>> The Good Viva video

The video includes an example scenario and provides interviews with staff who have internal and external examinar which will help you understand how the viva works, the different roles of those present and how to make the best performance at the viva. A University login is required to access this video.

goodvivavideoImage from the Good Viva video by Angel productions

Our online resources, ‘Preparing for your viva’ also include further advice to help your preparation, including sample questions and links to the essential University regulations.

>> Preparing for your viva

Good luck to all now preparing for this final exam!

Upcoming Event: 19th July 2016, PGR: Making the Most of Your Career

Presenters: Sally Beyer and Sharon Nicholson

Start time 09.15 End Time: 16.30

 When did you last take some quality time to think about you and your future?

Do you need space and time out to reflect on your career and create a strategic career plan for the next 1-3 years?
Do you need to enhance your ability to influence others positively in networking situations?

Are you keen to explore ways to enhance your networking presence via Social Media?

This one day face-to-face career workshop offers a provoking and interactive session to help you develop your career management and networking skills. Note, this session is for PGRs who have not attended previous sessions on ‘Career management’ and ‘Developing networking skills’

In this session, we will help you to explore how employable you are, identify the work values that drive you and set personal and professional goals for the next 3 years.  Along with creating a plan of action for you to maximise your potential both in and outside of work; it will give you some breathing space in a non-judgmental environment, providing tools to be honest with yourself about what you really want.

The session will also provide practical techniques to structure your networking approach, enhance your rapport building skills using Neuro-Linguistic Programming Techniques and help you to identify and hone your ‘Elevator Pitch’ to promote yourself and your research.


  • Opportunity to reflect on and collate a foundation of information about yourself that will help you make career choices in the future (relating to both, work and life).
  • Give you some breathing space in an environment where no judgments will be made about you – the chance to be honest with yourself about what you really want.
  • Time to create a strategic plan for how you will make the most of the next 1-3 years so that you are going in the right direction for you.
  • Offer an interactive session to gain confidence in your ability to network effectively.
  • Enhance your ability to influence others positively in the way you communicate via face to face and online/email networking.
  • Build your network with fellow PGRs by discussing ideas, reflecting on experience and supporting one another.

To book your place, please complete the following Registration form.

Thank you. PGR Development

Invitation to the Three Minute Thesis Competition Finals: 9th June

Three Minute Thesis - University of Queensland, ausLocation  The Cellar, Liverpool Guild of students**
Time:    12:30 – 2pm

We have nine candidates, selected by academic staff and student voting who will make their presentation

An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present.
                …   Their time limit…. 3 minutes

All academic and professional staff, and students (Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Research) are invited to attend this event.

Please come and offer your support.  Buffet catering will be available!

** Map of the Guild –  Signage will be provided on the day for the entrance by Starbucks.

The nine selected candidates are:

Candidate School/Institute Title of Presentation
Cristina Ardura Garcia Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Conveying asthma attack recurrence risk in a tropical setting.
Ksenija Dvurecenska School of Engineering Validation: can we trust simulations?
Dunia Beatriz Lopez  Espiricueta School of Engineering  Additive Manufacturing for advanced sensor development
Yasmine Radjabi Irish Studies Catholicism and Irish Identity in Katharine Tynan
Panos Spanakis Institute of Psychology, Health and Society Your phone will know: A smart-phone application to predict alcohol consumption
Asami Nakamura School of the Arts, Department of English Nostalgia in Dystopian Novels
Ahmed Al-Naher Institute of Translational Medicine  Personalised kidney function monitoring in heart failure patients
Nur Husna Serip Mohamad School of the Arts, Department of English Identity Construction of Malaysian Youngsters in WhatsApp Messenger
Tsvetomila Mateeva School of Environmental science Serpentinite – the link between rock and life

The Three Minute Thesis competition is an academic competition that challenges PhD students to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience, to communicate their research question, key results and conclusions in a language that can be understood by a non-specialist audience.

The winning student will go on to compete in the 2016 national competition organised by Vitae