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Thread: Corrections/revisions approval waiting time?

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22-May-17, 19:16
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posted about 4 days ago
Oh and good luck to you Hugh! Hope you get your minors approved very soon! :)

Thread: Corrections/revisions approval waiting time?

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22-May-17, 18:35
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So my supervisor tells me that he's not allowed to chase up my corrections. He was very nice about it but worried about breaking university policy. Guess I just have to wait and try and forget about them now!

Thread: Is it possible to fail PhD after resubmitting the thesis?

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16-May-17, 23:08
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Frida_VI I am in a very similar position. I was awarded the phd pending minor corrections (technically) however these corrections involved re-write or additions to all chapters, more analysis, literature and new interpretations. I was given 6 months. I submitted the corrected thesis this week. Terrified of them saying that it is still no good or even worse than the original.

It's been tough with colleagues and friends congratulating me post-submission and post viva and not understanding that I still had/have a long way to go.

Thread: The final stretch and struggling...

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16-May-17, 23:02
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I am! The email to examiners from the exams office asked for a reply from them within one month. The graduation deadline is 3 weeks away so we shall see ...fingers crossed! They may ask for further changes yet if they don't feel I've met them.

Thread: Corrections/revisions approval waiting time?

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16-May-17, 15:02
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Quote From muspectrum:
Keep in there!! A bit of chasing paid off for me. Got my results! Dr subject to a couple of days worth of typos.


Very well done Dr muspectrum!

I submitted my corrected thesis this week and when it was passed onto the examiners (cc me!) they were asked to respond within one month. Fingers crossed that with a nudge from my supervisor they will respond to say all is ok within 3 weeks (to meet the July graduation deadline). Saying that I'm still unsure if they will ask for further clarifications as my corrections were quite substantial.... the wait begins!

Thread: Corrections/revisions approval waiting time?

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11-May-17, 10:29
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Thanks both.

My supervisor has offered to give them both a nudge, he is working with one of them and friends with another (I had 2 externals and both have to sign off on them).

That timescale is usefuly to know marak. I figured 4 weeks was reasonable. I may just miss the cut of for this summer but it wouldn't make much difference in the long-run.

GM

Thread: Corrections/revisions approval waiting time?

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10-May-17, 20:43
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I'm submitting my corrected thesis this week which involves changes to all chapters including one which had to be completely re-written.

I'm wondering how long it should take to hear back and if there is anything I can do to speed the process along (without pestering the examiners!)?

If I'm able to get them approved within 3 weeks time then I will meet the deadline for July graduation, if not I will have to wait until January 2018.

I know if shouldn't matter as I will hopefully get there in the end but can't help but wonder how long it will take and I have family who have booked a day off work to attend a graduation ceremony which I may or may not be at.

GM

Thread: The final stretch and struggling...

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10-May-17, 20:37
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Thank you both for your words of encouragement. Yes I am/was hoping to graduate this July but the deadlines are all very tight now :-/

Either way, I've completed the corrections as best I can and sent to my supervisor for any suggested tweaks before I submit!

Thread: The final stretch and struggling...

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06-May-17, 22:21
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posted about 2 weeks ago
Hello,

I posted here some time ago about my viva outcome and corrections and received some lovely words of encouragement. Last autumn I had my viva and passed my PhD pending with minor corrections. Hoorah! I hear you say - and as did everyone else around me but my viva was a tough one and the corrections list was just as I'd feared:

* add 3 or 4 pages in this chapter
* restructure that chapter and rework around a clearer intellectual narrative
* this chapter needs a better conceptualisation of this and this needs to be woven then throughout
* this study needs needs a deeper analysis
* that study needs a deeper analysis
* this chapter needs completely re-writing as it is "banal and underwhelming"

I was given 6 months to make these "minor" changes.

On the plus side, the examiners said that my research was clearly highly valuable and they commented that I was clearly a highly competent and articulate academic (trying to focus on that!).

I have been chipping away at the thesis since January (between a full-time academic job) and it's been hard. I'm now working on the final chapter (the complete re-write) and just this week I have been so close to forgetting the whole thing and quitting my job but the reality is that I love my job, I love academia and I just need to get though this final stretch.

This forum has been such a source of support over the past 4 years or so, I just felt the need to post. Any words of advice or encourage always welcome.

GM

Thread: Corrections motivation

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25-Feb-17, 20:30
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posted about 3 months ago
In January I was awarded the PhD subject to "minor" corrections which I have been given 6 months to do. These minor corrections involve additional literature, restructuring and a complete re-write of the discussion chapter. Logic tells me to just get on with it however my motivation is at such a low and not helped by (genuinely lovely) people around me congratulating me on finishing. Feels like I'm still so far from the finish line.

GM

Thread: Thesis submission

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03-Feb-17, 19:56
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posted about 3 months ago
Quote From TheGoodShip:
It has been 4 months now, how did it go?


Have posted my viva story here


:)

Thread: My viva experience - from viva to examiners report

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03-Feb-17, 19:53
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So I had my viva back in November. In all honesty I found it very tough and was glad to see the back of it. I had 2 external examiners and it felt like a personal attack. The independent chair had to intervene a number of times to request the examiners give me chance to respond to their criticisms. They started with their dislike of the title and then worked through their criticisms of each chapter and the thesis as a whole. There was a lot of constructive criticism (what I'd anticipated), several harsh comments and a few compliments. After 1 and half hours of discussion I was asked to leave the room and called back in 25 minutes later where there was no handshake or congratulations, I was simply told that I had passed with minor corrections.

Yes I was delighted but also quite confused as during that 25 minute break I'd convinced myself that the outcome was R&R. I then proceeded to sleep for a week (between being spaced out at work during the day).

Fast-forward to this week, I have received my examiners report which confirms my minor corrections outcome and details the corrections required. Corrections involve either re-writing or restructuring 4 chapters and a couple of additional paragraphs or pages in another 4 chapters. I'm a little disheartened at the extent of the corrections required and these are going to take a few months to complete but all in all I'm happy the viva is behind me and I only have one more hurdle to go.

Thanks as always to everyone here for being a support :)

Thread: which field of theory am i drawing from??

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10-Nov-16, 09:57
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posted about 6 months ago
It's difficult to answer this as an outsider to your discipline but from what you've said I'd recommend starting with ontology and epistemology. In my discipline there are lots of good introductory methodology texts which clearly outline the rationale and aims of different ontology/epistemology/methodology. This might help you to see the bigger picture and where your different theorists and concepts align.

Best wishes

GM

Thread: Viva on Friday

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10-Nov-16, 09:51
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posted about 6 months ago
Thanks everyone for all your words of support and encouragement - is helping ease the stress a little!

What hasn't helped is seeing my supervisor today who after agreeing my thesis was ready for submission, has said today to "expect a challenge - I don't know what they're going to make of it or what they might ask you".

I didn't find that particularly helpful after saying I felt well-prepared but very apprehensive :(

We shall see what happens!

I'll most certainly report back. I know how helpful it has been for me to read of others experiences so good or bad I'll come back to share my viva experience :)

GM

Thread: Viva on Friday

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08-Nov-16, 14:27
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This forum has been such a supportive place, I want to make one final (pre-viva) post.

Over the past few weeks I've compiled a list of typographical and grammatical errors (which is shamefully long!).

I've read through all 450 pages of the thesis and noted anything I feel I might be asked to explain.

I've compiled a list of around 75 questions I could be asked and rehearsed answers to this.

I've scanned the literature for recent papers by my examiners and recent papers in my topic/theoretical framework.

I've had 3 mock viva with different people including one of my supervisors.

Despite all of the above I'm terrified about the process and the outcome and have had nightmares about the thing several nights.

I have my outfit ready too.

Any final tips in the final few days are very welcome!

Best wishes,

GM
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