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Thread: Final year support thread

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12-Sep-16, 17:23
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Thank you everyone- there is no set word count at my institution it seems, but it did fit one page and my supervisor seemed ok with that :)

IntoTheSpiral- Halloween is my deadline to hand my full draft in to my supervisor, and by full draft, I mean everything very polished as if I was submitting it for real! I have 4 remaining chapters to apply feedback to and edit, as well as polishing my appendices (which are hundreds of pages alone) so I am panicking also, even though I have more time! What are you working on specifically this week?

Thread: Final year support thread

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11-Sep-16, 13:44
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This may seem like a silly question, but for those of you who have written your thesis abstracts, how long are they?

My brain is really worn out and hence, I am struggling with this very straightforward task!

Thread: Final year support thread

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10-Sep-16, 12:42
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Yes, I was advised to use the STAR technique when completing the application form! Previously, I have only used it during interviews rather than on the application form.

I am keeping my fingers crossed for you :)

Thread: Final year support thread

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10-Sep-16, 11:06
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Thank you Hugh :) I just feel a bit guilty these days if I have a day that is not incredibly productive as the deadline is quickly approaching! I feel like I need to make every day count.

When was the interview? Even if it is a rejection, ask for feedback. I had some feedback recently on an application I did and it was super helpful. Whilst I had all the experience, they said I didn't make it clear enough and needed to be more specific with examples which was really helpful to know.

Thread: Final year support thread

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09-Sep-16, 11:21
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It is going well, hoping to finish applying feedback to chapter 5 of 9 today and proof read it tomorrow. I stupidly went for a 'quick drink' with a friend last night that turned into a fair few hours of drinking, so I feel quite tired today (my own fault though!)

How is everything going with you Hugh? Heard anything from the job interview?

Thread: Advice needed on way to go with my supervisor who has/had romantic interest in me!!!

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05-Sep-16, 09:02
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To echo what others have said here, you really need to speak with someone at your institution about this who can give you more specific advice. You say you have no evidence- are there not messages on social media/ email trails that provide some indication as to what has been going on? Even without this though, you still do need to speak to someone. It may be worth writing everything down that has been occurring over your studies with this supervisor before you do go and speak to someone so they can understand the extent of this.

Thread: Final year support thread

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02-Sep-16, 23:28
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Glad to hear that litphdgirl :) you are almost there!

Today I finished editing a chapter that took a lot of work to get it to a standard I was happy with. I am planning on working this weekend to try and get another chapter edited by the end of Monday (which should be more straightforward- it just needs a thorough read through and a couple of things adding/taking out).

I am desperately craving a duvet day though!

Thread: The Postgraduate Moans Thread

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02-Sep-16, 11:02
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My sup started paying considerably less attention when they got some new first year students. I imagine I felt the same way a child does when a younger sibling is born, or the way a dog does when its owner gets a new adorable puppy.


Hahahah :-D love the analogy!


Thank you, thank you *takes bow* I'll be here all week! Haha joking aside, I hope your supervisor starts being more responsive now that it is coming to crunch time Hugh :)

Thread: The Postgraduate Moans Thread

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01-Sep-16, 22:56
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My sup started paying considerably less attention when they got some new first year students. I imagine I felt the same way a child does when a younger sibling is born, or the way a dog does when its owner gets a new adorable puppy.

Thread: Final year support thread

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01-Sep-16, 12:53
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I think it should be fine if you put the date when you aim to submit, and your supervisors also say this in their reference letters. Worked for me.


I did this and still no joy!

Thread: Final year support thread

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01-Sep-16, 12:29
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I did wonder about this- whether they are deterred by the fact I have not submitted yet. I am sorry you have had similar experiences Chickpea, in an odd way, I am glad it is not just me, but it still sucks!

I will come back and report on the feedback when I receive it. I will also PM you about a frustrating experience I had recently if that is ok? I am cautious about putting it on here as it may ruin anonymity.

Thread: Final year support thread

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30-Aug-16, 15:26
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The feedback I have received from some is just that other applicants' experiences were a better fit- even when I was over qualified!

One job I applied for was in a department in my current uni and they are familiar with me, and they are kindly meeting with me to discuss in person why I was unsuccessful which will be helpful. I mean, these jobs are the first I have applied for in 5 years so it will be useful to understand if I am making any careless errors. Though, the really funny thing is that I used to work in careers advice and successfully got other people jobs consistently so I am pretty skilled at assessing and improving CVs and covering letters.

Thread: Final year support thread

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30-Aug-16, 09:16
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You are so close Hugh! And is the interview for a job? Good luck :) I have had no joy on the job front yet, so I have taken a step back for a few weeks to focus on the editing of my thesis.



Well done on the editing! I've been polishing them too, and my partner warned me yesterday not to get too bogged down with polishing and formatting the thesis, as I may need to make further major changes once my supervisor sees the full draft.

Interview is for a RA job. Its my 1st interview in 3 years and I'm dreading it a bit ... I've forgotten how to talk about myself :-| Have you been for any interviews recently? What were they like?


I have not been shortlisted for any interviews yet. I don't want this to sound arrogant but I was surprised as I have always been offered every job I have applied for outside of academia before starting my PhD. When applying for these academic jobs, I am just not having any luck with even getting shortlisted for interview.

My sup recommended changes throughout and some of them were quite major so I am hoping when the full draft is in I won't have that many- (hoping!)

Thread: Final year support thread

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26-Aug-16, 19:23
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You are so close Hugh! And is the interview for a job? Good luck :) I have had no joy on the job front yet, so I have taken a step back for a few weeks to focus on the editing of my thesis.

Currently nearly finished editing chapter 3 of 10. I feel like I am maybe taking too long but I want it as polished as possible before it is handed to my supervisor. I am hoping the remaining 7 chapters will be much faster as I don't have a lot to edit on those (hopefully!)

Thread: Final year support thread

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26-Aug-16, 09:16
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I am with Chickpea on this Hugh- I am 100% certain that this is not something to be concerned about and that your supervisor will tell you it is ok. Those at the office will just have blanket advice 'Oh look, it has flagged this up- better re write it'. I mean, who knows best, PhD students represented on this thread who have all heard that this is not an issue across different institutions or those that work in the office who have not been through the PhD process themselves?

In past theses that I have read from my department, people simply state before the contents page 'The following work has been published from the thesis: *list of publications*' and these are those that have passed.

Even though it is not a thesis by publication, as Chickpea says, thesis by publication would not exist if this was an issue :)
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