University is enabling viva voce
examinations to take place by Zoom (or similar video conferencing app) until
It remains the responsibility of your
Director of Studies to organise the viva voce. A non-examining
Chair will need to be appointed if not already a member of the approved examination
Your Director of Studies will need to confirm that a number of
conditions can be met before a remote viva can take place. For
instance, you (and your examiners) will need to have a stable internet platform
and all agree to holding the viva remotely.
You should also know that video vivas can present challenges – such a time/visual lag, lack of eye contact, etc – and that you are welcome to postpone until it
can be held in person (unfortunately we are unable to guarantee when this will
be right now).
Please also remember that it may be necessary to postpone your viva at
the last minute if any participant becomes ill or we are concerned that you may
be disadvantaged in any way.
Scheduled viva voce examinations
If copies of your thesis have already
been sent to your examination team by the Doctoral College and your viva voce examination was already scheduled to take place in a face-to-face
context, it may go ahead remotely. This must be approved by the Director
or relevant Deputy Director of the Doctoral College, at least four working days
New viva voce examinations
Director of Studies may schedule your viva voce examination to
take place remotely as soon as copies of your electronic thesis have been sent
to your examination team by the Doctoral College. Please note that the latter may
take several weeks. Your remote viva may take place between 4 weeks and 3 months of your thesis
being sent to your examiners by the Doctoral College (although this may be
extended due to illness).