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Thread: Final year support thread

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07-Oct-16, 20:16
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I have completed editing and proofing the majority of my appendices and I am aiming to finish them by the end of next week before giving the whole thesis a final read before it goes to my sup. I am also presently applying for jobs, but I have had a horrible cold for two days and I think I may have to take it easy over the weekend!

I am happy that you have nice new hair Pjlu ;) I really nee mine sorting but I think that will be my 'reward' when I had it to my sup. I can at least not think about my thesis for a short while then :)

Thread: Over 2 weeks to assign reviewers?

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03-Oct-16, 15:22
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Whenever I have submitted journals, it has sometimes taken over a month to assign reviewers, then up to 6 months for the outcome to be reported. As most reviewers are typically active in academic posts, it is a very busy time with it being the start of a new academic year, so it may be taking a little longer to find people willing to review the paper.

Thread: Final year support thread

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02-Oct-16, 12:10
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You may get a response, it's the start of the academic year and so really busy. I never received a decision on one so I rightly assumed I was unsuccessful (for a lecturing position) but the professor got back to me after about 2 months. I discovered that I had got to the final few people when they were shortlisting which boosted my confidence so that was good.

You are doing well to be getting interviews Hugh :) I just applied to another teaching job and was mindful of feedback from previous posts I applied to. Hopefully we will find something soon!


Best of luck! I just received feedback for the interview I had this week. They were lovely and said I performed excellently at the interview, but there was someone who had direct experience of the job with stakeholders and therefore had more of an edge. I was just glad to hear something positive, and didn't feel sad about being rejected :)


That's awesome :) Yes its just a case of keeping on trying, getting feedback, applying it where possible, and trying again! We will find something eventually.

Thread: Final year support thread

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29-Sep-16, 11:28
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Zutterfly, I got rejected after 2.5 weeks :( I've asked for feedback from the professor but I'm not expecting a response. I've had another interview since then too, I'm waiting to hear back, I would be very surprised if I was offered it though.


You may get a response, it's the start of the academic year and so really busy. I never received a decision on one so I rightly assumed I was unsuccessful (for a lecturing position) but the professor got back to me after about 2 months. I discovered that I had got to the final few people when they were shortlisting which boosted my confidence so that was good.

You are doing well to be getting interviews Hugh :) I just applied to another teaching job and was mindful of feedback from previous posts I applied to. Hopefully we will find something soon!

Thread: Final year support thread

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28-Sep-16, 10:19
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I'm also awaiting feedback on my first full draft and I'm kind of dreading it, especially because my second supervisor hasn't seen most of my writing before, and she is very strict. But I'm reassured that if it passes her high standards, then the viva will be much easier to pass.


The viva is something else I worry about- my sup does provide very thorough feedback and has a reputation for being strict but there is always that worry of 'what if we both missed an obvious mistake?' I have not handed the full draft in yet but I am battling with editing the conclusions at the moment so I am very close!

Well done on submitting the draft Hugh :) Did you ever hear anything about that job btw?

Thread: Final year support thread

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28-Sep-16, 09:12
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Pjlu I worry about the same thing! My sup has seen one version of each chapter and some of those were ones I had wrote in my first year that have now completely changed. I think they are much stronger and coherent but there is always that doubt.

Thread: Final year support thread

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27-Sep-16, 21:06
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I checked Chickpea and I have had confirmation from the postgraduate office that my uni does not do intention to submit, just told me to hand it in when im ready and advised me to make sure that I had examiners in place....which is exactly what I have been trying to do for weeks *sigh*

Intothespiral- ooooh so close! Must be exciting :)

Thread: Final year support thread

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27-Sep-16, 11:49
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Thank you Pjlu :)

I have just had to email my institutions postgrad office as to whether I need to formally notify for submission. It is not something I have ever been told about and just hear students from other institutions discuss it. I am struggling to get any responses from my sup lately about submission procedures, my phd, viva, anything which knocks my motivation somewhat.

I have just completed editing a chapter and now have the conclusion to sort which I am hoping to have completed this week. Then it is a case of getting through the appendices editing as quickly as I can (dreading that!)

Thread: Final year support thread

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24-Sep-16, 11:30
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That is really odd for them to include appendices in the word count! My 120k was not including appendices for which I have about 200 pages :o

Would there be a problem with selecting the option in word to exclude text included in tables from the word count? I have some tables and this is what I have done (albeit, I don't have many tables). If it reassures you, at present, my thesis is about 500 pages with appendices!

Types of jobs- anything and everything. My scholarship has ended and I need to find a way of paying my rent and bills fairly quickly. Over the past couple of months, I have applied for teaching jobs, teaching and research roles combined, research posts etc. I have not been shortlisted yet, but I did receive feedback from a university where I had applied for a teaching and research post (at a Russell Group) and they said I made it to the final 10 out of 100 applicants before I was rejected (which was due to other people having a stronger publication record). It gave me a confidence boost though :)

Thread: Teaching students with disabilities

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24-Sep-16, 08:17
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When I was teaching, I would receive a report from the university's disability services about specific students which would detail what actions I needed to take. For instance, ensuring that all visual information was described in detail, or avoiding drawing attention to those needing to leave the classroom to take medications etc. Did you receive anything like this/ is there someone you could ask for such a report?

Thread: Final year support thread

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23-Sep-16, 14:41
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My thesis was really really long before I started editing it all chronologically. It was about 120k, now it is 99k. I am struggling to come to terms with the fact I managed to actually cut that much out as I spent months declaring that everything was essential as it was a longitudinal qualitative project! When you say 'stupidly long' is it still within your university's word limit?

I am lucky as there is no quant stuff in my thesis, I haven't touched an spss database since my MA haha

My focus is starting to flag a bit today. My goal today is just to edit another 9 pages of this chapter then return to it either tomorrow or Monday (depending on how quickly I can get a job application done tomorrow morning) but even so I am finding it so draining.

Thread: Final year support thread

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23-Sep-16, 09:26
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Percy Pigs! Mmmm.

That is one busy schedule but I am sure you will do it :) I am editing my final findings chapter at the moment, hope to have this done by Tuesdayish then use the rest of next week to edit the conclusion chapter. I then need to spend a solid week sorting the appendices e.g. proof reading them, editing them (there are a lot!) I then told myself I would print the thing and read it all through one last time before it goes to my sup but I am very quickly running out of focus and motivation to do that!

I know it is not helpful when people say 'don't panic' but try to just take it one day at a time to avoid becoming overwhelmed if you can! We sabotage our own motivation and focus when we start to think about EVERYTHING at once.

Thread: Imposter Syndrome and Expertise

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22-Sep-16, 13:07
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Hi Teaddict,

Yes, I was thrown into three teaching roles across two universities in my second year. One module I was teaching was basically a mix of the stuff I had studied at undergrad, but some areas I was less knowledgeable about. I just made sure I did some extra reading on those areas when planning lessons.

Another module I taught overlapped a lot with my PhD and I was made fully responsible for that one- I was the module leader. Even though I knew I knew the stuff, I was still terrified, and I did have to go back and refresh my memory in order to teach some of the content.

My advice from these experiences is then to be honest with yourself about areas that you are weaker in and develop skills in quickly learning them and refreshing your memory before teaching. Another is to admit when you don't know something- this part is very important. If you are ever asked a question that you don't know the answer to, turn it into a learning opportunity in the class- research it together with your students, or make a note of it and tell them you will come back to it in the following lesson. Students have a lot more respect when tutors do this- it shows you are human. It is much better than trying to bluff your way through an answer for instance.

I hope this helps!

Thread: Final year support thread

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22-Sep-16, 11:58
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What are everyone's remaining goals this week? How long until final submission for everyone else?

Thread: The Postgraduate Moans Thread

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21-Sep-16, 12:46
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I'm sorry, Zutterfly. You're nearly there :-)


Thank you Chickpea :) just not had the best year in terms of supervision as I have been ignored a fair bit. It makes me want to complete and just move on from the PhD as quickly as possible.
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