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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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Quote From Hugh:
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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Quote From Hugh:
Quote From litphdgirl:
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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Quote From litphdgirl:
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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How is everyone this week? What are your plans?

Thread: Final year support thread

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10-Aug-16, 09:31
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Quote From Hugh:
Well done to both of you too, you are both nearly there! :)

Don't forget to take some time off too, I think I've burnt myself out in past month, and I'm paying for it now, I'm so exhausted! I should pace myself more ...


I took from Wednesday to Monday off as I was recovering from surgery...I was itching to do something productive.

Hoping to make a start on editing the literature review by the end of this week. This is one of those chapters that need a lot of re writing so I need to stop procrastinating and just dive in to that one.

Thread: Final year support thread

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09-Aug-16, 22:53
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Wow well done Hugh!

You are nearly there Chickpea :)

I have the whole thesis but I am editing each chapter in order. Some need a lot more work, others need some tweaking. I have just made myself a timetable to stick on my wall to stay on track to have the full draft sent in October, but looks like I will be working a lot of weekends to accomplish it I think :/

Thread: Final year support thread

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08-Aug-16, 19:58
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Good ol' times new roman.

Yes, I know I am boring!

Thread: Final year support thread

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07-Aug-16, 14:19
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But I have about 10k to cut too so we are in the same boat! Maybe if we can cut 2k from 5 chapters? That may be more manageable :)

Thread: Final year support thread

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07-Aug-16, 14:17
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Quote From Hugh:
Zutterfly, have you tackled reducing the word count?

I've got to take about 10K and I was wondering if you have any tips?


I have not touched my PhD since Tuesday as I am recovering from surgery, only got home from hospital late on Thursday and have been sleeping and taking painkillers since! So no, I have done nothing about my word counts. The last think I was doing before going into hospital was proof reading my introduction that I recently finished. My next goal is to get my literature review edited and completed in the next 2 or 3 weeks and I am hoping I can cut some from that :)

Thread: Final year support thread

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27-Jul-16, 22:45
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posted about 6 months ago
Quote From TreeofLife:
My CV is also 5 pages long and my cover letter is 1 page long for academic positions. For non-academic positions, I have not yet been asked for a CV, just have to keep filling in those boxes... and then address how I meet the selection criteria, which generally takes up 4 pages.


I may have been doing this incorrectly- I always approached the 'address how you meet the selection criteria' a bit like a cover letter, limiting the length to no longer than a page and half tops. This may have been the wrong approach however? Currently applying to a non-academic position within my university which my entire employment history and research is directly related, so I have done about three pages. I will see how it goes :)
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