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Thread: The Postgraduate Moans Thread

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01-Sep-16, 22:56
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posted about 5 months ago
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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posted about 6 months ago
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 :)

Thread: Final year support thread

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23-Aug-16, 15:33
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Well done to you both litphdgirl and Zutterfly - you are both making excellent progress!

I am formatting today, and it takes much longer than I had anticipated.

I am placing Chapter 1 | Page number at the bottom of each page (this helped: http://phdtalk.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/inserting-chapter-title-to-header-in.html)

Does anyone know what you would call the section before Chapter 1 starts?


Can you clarify 'the section before chapter 1' Hugh? The thesis' I have seen completed in my department tend to go: Acknowledgements, abstract, contents then it launches into chapter 1 which is the introduction.

Thread: Final year support thread

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23-Aug-16, 09:20
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Well done litphdgirl :) You have been super productive!

I am just finishing the proof reading of my literature review chapter today, then I will move on to editing the next chapter. After the next chapter, I am hoping it will move along much more quickly; the first three chapters of my thesis were the ones I was dreading editing as they needed lots of updating, but by the end of next week I will have hopefully completed the 'dreaded' chapters and be working on those that do not need as much tweaking :)

Thread: Finished thesis published online

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23-Aug-16, 07:39
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Hi Eska, at my institution we have no option but to publish it online BUT we are able to put a restriction on access until a specific time period. For instance, some who have recently passed in my department have put a 2 or 3 year restriction on it to allow them to publish from it. However, there is an option for people accessing it to 'request' a copy and the hosting site emails the author to approve it. This prevents it being completely inaccessible but gives people the peace of mind when publishing. Is there a similar option available for you?

Thread: Final year support thread

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21-Aug-16, 06:32
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Finally starting to be productive again. A little behind my planned schedule but on course for a full draft of the thesis by the end of the month. Have a big weekend of work ahead but feeling good about what I'm writing and editing. Will update again soon - more for my own accountability than anything! :)


Well done! :-)

I've also got full draft due in 3 weeks time, I really need to make a move on.


Oh my goodness Hugh I had no idea it was that soon! I made a timetable that corresponds with an October draft but I am hoping to get it in sometime in September- I need to take a leaf out of your book it seems!

Thread: Final year support thread

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19-Aug-16, 07:28
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Finally starting to be productive again. A little behind my planned schedule but on course for a full draft of the thesis by the end of the month. Have a big weekend of work ahead but feeling good about what I'm writing and editing. Will update again soon - more for my own accountability than anything! :)


Wow well done litphdgirl! That's fantastic! Not long for you now :)

Thread: Final year support thread

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18-Aug-16, 08:40
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I hope you hear back soon tuutikki, that must be frustrating.

I am applying for jobs and I kind of feel similarly- that I just want the PhD done and to focus completely on a job. Your comment to Chickpea is also very encouraging! I hope I get a second wind :)

Thread: Final year support thread

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17-Aug-16, 13:30
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Hugh- this is exactly what I am doing :) currently on chapter 2 of 10. I dreaded this part BUT I am actually finding it quicker than I anticipated. I set myself 2 weeks per chapter, and the current chapter I am working on is looking as though it will be completed by the end of this week. Also, I am surprisingly finding it quite straight forward to cut down my word count focusing on one chapter at a time. I didn't plan on chopping any from the chapter I am currently working on but just by making my wording more concise and eliminating paragraphs that do not seem as relevant, I have got rid of 2000 words!

Chickpea- Oh yes definitely. I had a rubbish day yesterday... I had a coffee with someone to discuss PhD related stuff, then mustered a tiny paragraph of work in 6 hours. I think learning when to put the work down for a few hours is important. When I have a dip in productivity now I go and do something else, even if its some laundry or washing the dishes :)

Thread: Final year support thread

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17-Aug-16, 08:19
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