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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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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.

Thread: Internal examiner pulled out

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03-Feb-17, 15:57
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I am due to submit in a matter of weeks, examiners had all agreed and been approved, and my internal has just emailed to say that she won't have time to examine the thesis while she is on a fellowship and she's too busy.

My supervisor seems too p**ssed off to discuss it at the moment, he sent an email that just said he doesn't know how to proceed and do I have any ideas. The only suggestion I have is a guy who I originally really wanted and who was very compatible, but was too new and hadn't reached the end of his probation yet. I want to try and push to see if he could be internal.

Seriously....angry isn't the word. I am so anxious this could be a massive set back when I am so close to finishing up and handing in.

Thread: Psychology PhD Proposal

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27-Jan-17, 22:40
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Only just noticed this was resurrected from 8 years ago. Sigh.

Thread: Psychology PhD Proposal

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27-Jan-17, 21:01
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My opinion is that you are far too trusting. I would never send my work to people I don't know over the internet. My humble advice to you is to take pride in your work. Send it to your potential supervisor and perhaps a family member who isn't familiar with what you do for proof reading.

I'm not going to play the 'I don't have time' card, whilst I am on a forum ;)

Thread: How important are PhD examiners' reputations?

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10-Jan-17, 18:34
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Quote From drkl:
I tend to agree with awosci. I have seen young scholars (usually fresh PhD graduates) being unduly harsh on students, partly because they were too eager to show how critical they can be and partly due to their lack of experience in examining theses.



That's strange, in my field fresh PhD graduates would never be allowed to act as an external. You have to be at the level of at least senior lecturer.

I guess it's different for different fields.

Thread: How important are PhD examiners' reputations?

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09-Jan-17, 21:52
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What I have heard is that well-established professors tend to be a lot tougher if that helps!

Thread: Is my supervisor doing a good job?

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22-Nov-16, 12:39
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Is a supervisor supposed to care just for professional things?


Yes. It is a business relationship. Don't fall into the common trap of becoming attached to your supervisor. You are more invested in this research than your supervisor. It is your project to manage.

Thread: I've been offered a post that my friend really wanted. Feeling guilty.

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05-Nov-16, 09:21
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Quote From DrJeckyll:
am I the only one asking the obvious. The position should be advertised, and the successful candidate should be selected from a pool of diverse people. Adam would be an unlikely candidate without a PhD in any case.

Some departments tend to hire the internals in position after position. This is not beneficial neither for the group that is inbreeding stagnant in the same ideas, neither for the young academic that stays in their comfort zone never exposed to new challenges and expertise.

Bottom line, I left my group of 6 years to join a new group. Terrifying, but worth it. I really progressed as a researcher in a way I wouldn't have otherwise. My advice is probably meaningless, as I wouldn't have even believed myself from the future.

Good luck


Wow what helpful advice...

For a start the OP hasn't said they've been offered the post, they would still need to apply. Secondly, there is nothing wrong with hiring internals. The job market as it is, often the best thing for graduates is for supervisors to give them an opportunity to start them
Off.The job is temporary, and it'll look good for future applications that the uni liked them enough to want them to stick around.

Thread: Do you ever feel like people don't get what you do?

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24-Oct-16, 19:57
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I started my PhD in 2011 and my son was born in 2012, so I was looking after him throughout my PhD. I think, to be fair, that if you are living with your family and are not paying them rent or food, at least you have to help out when you can. I dont know how old you are but as an adult, there's no way you can simply live off the back of others and not give anything back. If you dont like, you can always move out.

My advice is to sit down with your family and try to work out a routine so that you can plan ahead; for me, I found that knowing that I had a limited time to write really helped me to focus on writing a certain amounts of words every afternoon. Besides, I felt really lonely as a PhD student so being with my son really helped me.


Yeah I get what you're saying. Especially as I can't move out, I'm currently unfunded. What's frustrating me more is my sister's demands of my time but I don't live with her.

Thank you everyone. :)

Thread: Do you ever feel like people don't get what you do?

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24-Oct-16, 16:30
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I recently moved back to live with my parents because my scholarship ran out but I am still writing up my PhD-due to submit in December.

I feel like family just don't get that I'm busy or even have a job. I work from home a couple of days a week cos my uni is a 90 minute drive away. I'm constantly being asked to babysit my nephews,recently my sister asked if I could get home early from a conference that was a 2 hour drive away to babysit. My family are going out on socials and I'm being asked to make sure dinner is cooked for them etc. I have refused a couple of things my Mum and sister asked me to do, but all that happens is that they ignore me and so I end up doing them anyway.

Does anyone ever experience the same lack of understanding from people? If you think I'm being selfish or unfair feel free to tell me. But I am struggling to make people see just how hard this is, as well as actually make time to just work and focus on me? This was so much easier when I lived alone!
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