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Thread: Examiner Disagreement

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14-Jan-17, 10:46
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Keeping everything crossed, faded!

Thread: Forgetting what you have read

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13-Jan-17, 10:29
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posted about 6 days ago
It is good to hear you had a core of about twenty - I also find I have a small group of articles that have truly influenced my research, and a large group of others that either back up the same points or make minor additional points. I do sometimes worry about not including sufficient references to show that I've read around the field properly, and find myself trying to shoehorn others in!

Thread: The Postgraduate Moans Thread

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12-Jan-17, 18:03
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Of course. I would contend that in cases where the dept has a preferred candidate already and is happy with that person's work, the vacancy shouldn't be advertised as an external one. The job market's too pressured, and people are putting too much into each application to be chasing jobs that aren't available.

Thread: The Postgraduate Moans Thread

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12-Jan-17, 17:33
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I also hate the thought of the job being earmarked for an internal candidate, Zutterfly. I am not an over-confident applicant by any means, but three of the jobs I've applied for have matched my job history to the extent that the job specification read like my CV, and I didn't get short-listed for any of them. Part of me thinks I fit the job spec better than the person who already had the job in the bag, and was not short-listed for that reason (these were not jobs that required a completed PhD or anything like that).

Thread: The Postgraduate Moans Thread

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11-Jan-17, 22:12
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It is grim, isn't it? I know people say 'you never know when the right job will come along', but I am going to put a sensible time limit on it once I am finished the PhD process, because life is too short to keep hanging on with only bits of insecure work and application after application.

Thread: First rewritten chapter a disaster

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11-Jan-17, 13:31
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Is it possible to meet your supervisors to go over their feedback? I always find that things look a lot more harsh on the page than when they're discussed, especially if you're feeling disheartened. Maybe you could have a meeting with them to discuss the bits of your thesis that can be kept and the bits that need changed? I can imagine it must all look like an impossible task just now, but for your supervisors to have given the go-ahead for your viva in the first place, they must have thought you had something worthy of a PhD there.

Thread: How important are PhD examiners' reputations?

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10-Jan-17, 12:12
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An academic friend of mine advised me that some universities will judge you on where you did your PhD, your supervisors, and your examiners. I'm not quite sure how a prospective employer would find the latter information unless you volunteered it (and quite frankly, it sounds like 'old boys' network' rubbish to me), but I guess there's a possibility that some people are impressed by the big names.

Thread: Enrolling on a part-time PhD but studying full-time

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08-Jan-17, 13:30
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It is common for the full-time PhD to take longer than three years, but most universities charge a 'continuation/writing up fee' for the fourth year, rather than full fees - at my university it is £130 for fourth year. Worth adding it all up to see what's the best option for you!

Edited to add: If you're calculating whole costs, consider stuff like Council Tax as well (full time students get Council Tax exemption/discount).

Thread: Examiner Disagreement

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06-Jan-17, 20:31
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Good luck with your appeal, faded. I hope the chair sees this through, now she has all the facts.

Thread: Applying for PhD not having master's diploma yet

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06-Jan-17, 20:26
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It's possible to apply before you have your Masters. I got my PhD place before having my Masters results, and the university didn't actually ever ask for the final results, they just judged the application on the partial results and references I had at that stage.

Thread: Forgetting what you have read

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03-Jan-17, 22:14
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The other thing is that you can go back over articles quickly with specific questions in mind. For example, I've needed to come up with a few references later in my thesis for a specific point and although I can't remember all the articles very clearly, a quick keyword search of the pdf files reminds me which ones covered that point.

Thread: Learning new methods that your supervisors aren't familiar with

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22-Dec-16, 21:55
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Thanks - have a great Christmas too!

Thread: Learning new methods that your supervisors aren't familiar with

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22-Dec-16, 17:24
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I used methods my supervisors have never used because, as you say, it was the best approach for the research questions and the data. I got training in the methods and managed to find a research network at another uni that I could join, which helped immensely in terms of feeling that I had some input from people experienced in the methods. My supervisors were fine about it but I can imagine this is something that would depend on the relationship with your supervisors and their style.

Thread: Guidance from your supervisor

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18-Dec-16, 14:06
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Good luck! I don't know if this will help you, but when I was struggling in the early days of my PhD, I used to ask myself 'if I wasn't doing a PhD, what would I want to be doing?'. And the answer was usually, 'a PhD'. I asked myself this to try to re-capture a bit of the buzz about actually doing what I wanted, because I found myself feeling overwhelmed and unhappy in the early stages. I think lots of people struggle with the self-doubts you have described.

Thread: Guidance from your supervisor

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18-Dec-16, 13:28
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It is tiring at the start, when you're doing a lot of reading and trying to process new information and work out where your own contribution will be. You'll probably feel better once you have a bit of a plan and can start some research.
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