The supervision process is often thought to end when students submit the dissertation, or at PhD level, when they submit the thesis and undertake the viva. However, this only seems to be the end of the supervision project, because submission appears as such a cathartic and final process. In many ways, for the PhD in particular, the examination and viva are a major but not the final step to achieving completion. In the Australian system there is an examination alone, but UK and European students also have a viva, so they have to take into consideration comments on both the thesis and the viva experience in order to improve the thesis. I try to define the PhD viva as a formative assessment phase, so that students can see that examiners’ comments aim to help them improve the thesis, rather than seeing them as surprisingly unpleasant attacks on their life work.
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