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Thread: Working from home or working at uni

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08-Aug-17, 23:17
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I think it's fine to work where's best for you, but at my uni there is a waiting list for offices so might be worth letting the uni know if you don't need that workspace so it can go to someone else.

Thread: Asking examiners questions at the end of the viva

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05-Jul-17, 16:56
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They usually do yes. And your question is a really good one. I asked a similar question about which journals they thought would be good to publish in.

Thread: Growing distant from your best friends?

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03-Jul-17, 12:38
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Why would you even want to talk to your friends in detail about your PhD? Do you ask them about their jobs in great detail? No one will ever find our PhD as important or as interesting as we do, unfortunately.

I know you are saying that the are talking about holidays, mortgages etc, but those are not job related things. Your PhD at the end of the day, is your job. Try to focus on other aspects to chat to your friends too like the travelling that you get to do at conferences.

Thread: My supervisor puts me on the sideline

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19-Jun-17, 13:36
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Three months in is really no need to stress about not hearing much from your supervisor. As others said, the support increases more when you are further along. And don't compare yourself to how he treats his other students. It isn't really any of your business how much time he devotes to other students. This supervisory relationship will always mean more to you than it will your supervisor

Thread: Best and worst PhD interview questions

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08-Jun-17, 22:49
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Quote From Tudor_Queen:
I just mean that a question one person loves another person may hate (I wouldn't want to answer questions about the challenges of Brexit myself)!


The question was about challenges that higher ed institutions are facing currently, Brexit was my personal answer. But that was for a lecturing role to be fair and not a PhD position. I am guessing for a PhD position, questions about timescales and challenging workloads could come up? Also perhaps managing your relationship with your supervisor and with other students.

Thread: Best and worst PhD interview questions

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07-Jun-17, 23:21
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I actually got asked some really interesting questions about challenges that higher ed institutions in the UK are facing and what can we do to change them (Brexit, funding etc). Future plans for publishing is usually a popular question too.

Thread: Teaching assistant award

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22-May-17, 07:44
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Your supervisor is most likely concerned that you are spending too much time teaching and not enough on your PhD. I highly doubt your supervisor us threatened by you.

Thread: Job interviews distracting me from viva :/

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30-Apr-17, 10:09
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I've got two interviews coming up...one three days before my viva, the other the day AFTER my viva. Happy days!!

I wasn't expecting them at all, and they are taking so much time to prep for. I have to do a powerpoint on how I would deliver a module at postgrad level when I have no experience of teaching postgrads. I've not even done a Masters myself so I feel like I have nothing to draw upon, at all. They are taking up all my time and energy and it's hit me that I have barely thought about my viva cos of it. I don't have a clue what to expect, and I constantly have butterflies and a dodgy stomach thinking about it :( (sorry for TMI)

Thread: Anyone met their examiners before viva?

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30-Apr-17, 10:05
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No definitely don't contact them asking them what their concern is! A major skill that we are supposed to show in the viva is thinking on your feet.

The internal can sometimes drop hints if you know them and speak to them regularly enough.

Thread: Undertaking funded PhD and working in industry - legal issues?

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22-Apr-17, 18:31
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You should probably check the conditions of your grant, I was only allowed to undertake six hours a week paid work.

Thread: How to deal with day to day failures during a PhD?

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19-Apr-17, 13:52
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A rejection is not a failure, but sadly a normal part of academic life. It's something we have to get used to.

Based on your previous thread, you worry far too much about your supervisor's feelings towards you. It sounds as though you're either developing a crush or you're pushing yourself too hard for perfection. This is your project, not his, take some control and stop caring what he thinks. It is your project and he is just the mentor.

Thread: How to answer "Why this institution?" when you "don't care" about the institution

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03-Apr-17, 18:19
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You should be very careful about faking anything. Us older folks are very good at sniffing out fakery. Very good indeed. Some of us are evil enough to deliberately ask questions like this just to test for this. Lets be honest if you are going to fake an inteview can you be trusted not to fake data when push comes to shove?[/quote]

A tad overboard. All of us have had to exaggerate at an interview at one time or another. It is not related in any way to faking data.

Thread: Where to input qualitative questionnaire results

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18-Mar-17, 09:03
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posted about 5 months ago
I think you need to do some reading. There is no such thing as a qualitative questionnaire. What I would do is sort responses into categories and input the data that way, using something like SPSS

Thread: submitted today

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09-Mar-17, 19:24
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And I feel strangely empty and lost!

Thank you to everyone on here who was there to answer my queries and read about my woes. The 'cyber-support' has been just as important as the other types of support.

Thread: Do family understand

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05-Mar-17, 11:07
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Yes I had exactly the same experience and did write a post myself about similar experiences. what bothered me was people assuming I am always free because I work from home. To be honest I just stopped trying to explain and found that turning down invitations and requests for help due to work sent out a clearer message. I also found that my parents became a lot more supportive towards the end when they saw how stressful it is and have made it clear how proud they are.
Sorry I don't have more constructive advice. For me I just think unless you've done a PhD you'll never understand how it is.
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