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 Badryah Alalawi is a current PhD student in Applied Linguistics at the University of Nottingham, where she also obtained her MA in Applied Linguistics. Her research interests encompass pragmatics, intercultural healthcare communication, and politeness. Specifically, her research delves into the communication practices of nurses with diverse cultural backgrounds who utilise English as a lingua franca in Saudi hospitals. You can find Badryah on Twitter @_Badryah0_

The Week Before My Viva

Sue Lynn Mah shares her experience preparing for and passing her PhD viva in her article. In the week leading up to the big day, she re-read her thesis, had a mock viva with her supervisor, practiced explaining her work to people outside of her field, and printed out a physical copy of her thesis. Her tips for viva success include picking out your outfit in advance and practicing your elevator pitch.

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