Videos

These video clips were produced in 2008 to offer advice and guidance to research students approaching their PhD viva or preparing for post-doctoral job interviews in academia and beyond. The aim is to provide input from both sides of the table: they feature viva examiners, supervisors and experienced interviewers as well as those who have recently got their PhDs. If you are looking for general advice in dealing with an interdisciplinary topic, approaching your viva or life after the PhD, these clips can help guide you through the planning and processes.

 

Co-supervision video Co-supervision
Supervising together; disagreements between supervisors…
Interdisciplinarity video Interdisciplinarity
Looking for jobs; favouring a discipline…
Job Applications video Job Applications
The cover letter; pressure in interviews.
Applying for academic jobs in the USA video Applying for academic jobs in the USA
The MLA Convention; tenure…
Preparing for your viva video Preparing for your viva
Knowing your examiners; rereading your thesis…
 The examiner's point of view video The Viva: The examiner's point of view
How the examiner prepares; presence of supervisor at the viva…
 Opening questions video The Viva: Opening questions
Scene-setters; summarising your thesis…
The Viva as an experience video The Viva as an experience
Entering into discussion; dealing with the unexpected…
 Preparation video The Academic job interview: Preparation
Researching the department; anticipating questions…
 Presentations video The Academic job interview: Presentations
Teaching a sample lesson; presentations based on your research…
 The interview itself video The Academic job interview: The interview itself
Unexpected questions; dos and don'ts…
 Closing & Feedback video The Academic job interview: Closing & Feedback
Closing questions; feedback …
 Using Archives and Libraries video Using archives and libraries
How to make the best use of the archives and libraries.

This series of clips was produced by the IGRS under the AHRC-funded Research Training Network in Modern Languages 2006-08.