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Surviving the Viva: PhD defences remembered

The PhD viva (or defence) is likely one of the most stressful moments of many academics’ professional lives. What’s worse is that this rite of passage doesn’t even follow the same format across institutions or countries, making preparing for your viva even more difficult. Will it be a public or private defence? Will you make corrections before or after defending? Will you be faced with internal or external examiners, and how many? To shed at least a little light on the experience, Cultured Scene asked early-career researchers who studied in a variety of countries to explain how their defence worked, and to offer advice to students preparing for their own defence.

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Research during a Pandemic: ECR perspectives

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it a host of challenges for everyone. At Cultured Scene, we were particularly interested in how the pandemic and resulting quarantines and lockdowns have affected early-career researchers. We asked academics from different fields and at different stages of their careers the same six questions about how the pandemic has impacted them.

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Comparative and cross-cultural psychology at CES Tempe

Presentations given at this year’s CES conference in Tempe, Arizona, covered a broad range of fields and subjects. Of most interest to me were the increase in talks regarding non-human research, and the increase in talks on cross-cultural psychological research. Comparative research was showcased strongly, and went far beyond the chimpanzee-centric, or even primate-centric, approach […]

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UK Higher Education Strikes

Expecting a major cut to their pensions got thousands of UK university staff on the street. In February and March 2018, staff at 64 UK universities participated in strike action in protest against proposed changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme. The strike was the longest-ever in UK higher education history, and an estimated 42,000 staff […]

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