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Thread: Final year support thread

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16-Jan-17, 13:01
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I am so tired today, I can barely focus. Have had the weekend from hell trying to revise and resubmit a paper I have been working on, with another deadline looming today! Needless to say barely any work on my thesis has got done in the last two weeks. Feel like I have writing burnout...

Thread: First rewritten chapter a disaster

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11-Jan-17, 14:42
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I wouldn't give up now - you've come so far already. How long have you got to do these corrections? I would just look at the report very methodically and go through it point by point. I understand that it is really disheartening to get that type of feedback, but you never know what types of opportunities might open up in the future and if you have your Phd you're ready for them.

By the way, my mum got her first academic contract through a funded project in her area at 58!

Thread: Forgetting what you have read

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04-Jan-17, 03:30
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Happens to me all the time - important stuff I've had to re-read, but sometimes that's a good thing as your knowledge expands over time and you might understand the article in a different way when you're further down the road - and make sense of it in a completely new context.
Using a referencing software package has helped me enormously - as has converting everything to PDFs and having it all on my tablet :). But yeah - I've been avoiding doing the literature review for exactly this reason. Sadly as my deadline approaches I now have to bite the bullet...

Another thing that has happened to me is what I call the 'hunter-gatherer syndrome' - I get into a real frenzy finding new interesting articles, file them and never read them. Then a year later I 're-discover' them in a long-forgotten folder and realise that they were really quite relevant and it would have helped to actually read them sooner...

Thread: Final year support thread

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30-Dec-16, 17:41
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I am more or less in the same boat Strawberrygirl - deadline in 3 months, one more chapter to write + intro and conclusion + revising other chapters to perfection. How have you been getting on in the last month since you posted? I am aiming for a complete final draft by mid-January...panic is understating it.

Thread: Second Year to Third Year Progression Viva Feedback

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23-Dec-16, 20:16
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Are you doing a practice-led arts PhD? If so there is a great book (essential reading) called 'Visualizing Research' by Gray & Malins that might help you clear up some issues. I would listen to the feedback you got and think carefully about the direction your Phd is taking - at this point it's a great opportunity to make sure you're on the right path!

Thread: Lost Funding - Now What?

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13-Dec-16, 21:21
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I'm sure with Brexit looming many more funding losses will be heard of in the near future...just saying.

Thread: Advice Required! How long should you wait for your PhD result after submitting with minors?

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01-Dec-16, 14:01
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I hope you're now considering legal advice regarding your situation - someone clearly has it in for you, and you need to make sure you've covered your bases. Despicable behaviour on their part - an honest mistake that could have been rectified discreetly, but that's clearly not their agenda.


Legal action? Against who? On what grounds? How should it be funded?
I cant imagine adding a legal case to the current situation would help faded07.


That's why I used the words 'considering' and 'advice'. In light of further developments I think not totally unwarranted.

Thread: Advice Required! How long should you wait for your PhD result after submitting with minors?

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28-Nov-16, 23:57
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I hope you're now considering legal advice regarding your situation - someone clearly has it in for you, and you need to make sure you've covered your bases. Despicable behaviour on their part - an honest mistake that could have been rectified discreetly, but that's clearly not their agenda.

Thread: Final year support thread

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22-Nov-16, 23:09
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Zero hours contracts are truly the bane of Phds everywhere...

Thread: My university has let me down

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22-Nov-16, 23:03
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None of the political stuff matters if your work is up to scratch. A knowledgeable supervisor can be very helpful, but equally doing a PhD also means that by the end you have become an expert in your field - and to a certain degree should be able to understand why your examiners think it's not quite right yet. You have been given another chance to submit - take it!

I am also wondering why you haven't consulted your former supervisor privately (if not officially)? If you're friends and former colleagues, I am sure she would not mind casting an eye over your current submission and share her thoughts with you?

The main point is - you can still improve this situation and pass your PhD, but retrospectively trying to figure out who is to blame is just not that helpful. I doubt you could take legal action anyway - your supervisor might have left and your university might have messed up the form, but these are things that happen all the time and do not sound severe enough. Just my thoughts on your situation.

Thread: Oh gosh.. I'm going for it!

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21-Nov-16, 14:40
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posted about 2 months ago
75% civil service salary - jackpot!

Thread: Final year support thread

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17-Nov-16, 22:47
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Thank you both, that has helped a bit. I am well into my write up, three significant chapters finished and half-way through the next one. Then one more to go and all the nitty gritty... Some days I just feel like it's neverending, writing, refining, writing more...

Thread: Final year support thread

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17-Nov-16, 15:06
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Hello all,

New to the final year support thread but I am about 2 months out from submission and feel so exhausted right now. Need some kind words of encouragement....

Thread: Very depressed over typos in Phd thesis...

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04-Nov-16, 10:35
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I would like to add - if you are using images/figures/tables in your work: use Adobe InDesign! Seriously - it is the best software for DTP and instead of a 5-6 hour job in word, it takes 30mins-1hour. It is also far easier to proofread - automatic figure numbering, page numbering, cross referencing. It as made my workflow so much easier!

Thread: 1 year after defense, still unemployed

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21-Oct-16, 10:31
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posted about 3 months ago
Don't give up just yet, job hunting can so hard and sometimes can take a long time! But also, could it be that you are too focused on a career in your research area? It might be worth widening your search to include other areas where you could use the transferable skills from your PhD. It sounds like you are reaching breaking point, and frankly, any job at this juncture would be better than none!
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