The Science Viva Workshop

Organiser: Other


Attendance type(s): Virtual

Event Dates: 15 Oct 2021

Registration Deadline: 15 Oct 2021

The Science Viva Workshop is a one day online event for UK PhD students across the science

The workshop is broken into several sessions, delivered by Dr Stacey Bedwell and Dr Isabelle Butcher. Together Stacey and Isabelle have expertise spanning several fields of science and have first hand experience of the science PhD viva.

The range of sessions will give you an insight into the viva experience, preparing for the viva, debunk some viva myths and give you the opportunity to practice some key viva skills.



09.30- 10am – Introductions

10-11am – Personal viva experiences

11-12pm – What the viva is, what it’s for and how to use it to your advantage

12-1pm – Putting together a viva preparation timeline, what to do and when to do it


Lunch Break

2-3pm – Dealing with viva anxiety & self-care.

3-4pm – Mock viva questions

4 – 4.30pm – Final Q&A


Dr Stacey Bedwell is a lecturer in psychology at Birmingham City University and Tutor in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge. Stacey was awarded her PhD in 2015 for her work on the anatomical connectvity of the mammalian prefrontal cortex.

Dr Isabelle Butcher is a postdoctoral researcher in psychology at Aston University. Isabelle was awarded her PhD in 2020 for her work on understanding individuals subjective experiences of negative symptoms of schizoprenia.

Stacey and Isabelle have previously held workshops on the human brain and co-authored the popular children’s book ‘Anything you can do, I can do’.

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Contact Details

Name: Dr Stacey Bedwell @ Dr Isabelle Butcher