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Vauxhall Viva daffodil destroyer (Rousse)

I was driving a white Vauxhall Viva in a rather erratic manner when my mobile phone rang. I knew that it was not advisable to answer it when at the wheel, so I turned into a side road to find … Continue reading

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PhD in Middle Eastern history: the mock viva experience (Rousse)

I was completely unqualified to serve as an examiner at this mock PhD viva. What on earth did I know about Middle Eastern history? I had been persuaded to participate on the grounds that I could ask all the standard … Continue reading

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A paper on the informational content of food – rejected (Rousse)

SM agreed to leave the house and type an email to the conference organiser at Sunderland University. ‘If you ask for a start time of 4pm, I can attend after conducting a PhD viva’, I suggested. When SM learnt that … Continue reading

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An undeserved PhD (Rousse)

In a meeting chaired by ED I heard that JM had submitted his PhD thesis five months early, yet I had not seen a draft of the tome. Another academic at the meeting, who had nothing to do with this … Continue reading

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Lucinda Legerwood awarded PhD (Rousse)

BB hosted the viva in his office, HR chaired it, and the candidate – Lucinda Legerwood of BBC Apprentice fame – engaged in conversation with the female external examiner in Wolverhampton by Skype. I was on the beach when I … Continue reading

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Cheese throwing with Billy Connolly (Rousse)

Although the purpose of the exercise was unclear, I enjoyed an afternoon of ‘cheese chucking’ with Billy Connolly and BP. The concept was simple. All you had to do was throw lumps of cheese up onto a high shelf. I … Continue reading

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A poor choice of PhD examiner (Rousse)

The second external examiner was a tall, blonde, bitchy New Zealander who arrived very late and immediately laid into the bewildered candidate. This was not going to be an easy PhD viva.

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