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Thread: Graduation: Who to please? Family or myself?

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26-May-17, 07:55
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I agree with the others - I would just say 'the graduation is on day X' and leave it at that, having chosen whichever arrangement you think is best. You've worked so hard for this, and the main thing is that you enjoy your day!

Thread: Final year support thread

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26-May-17, 07:50
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Welcome, SU3AD :)

Pjlu, sounds like you're nearly there! Best of luck with it. I'm just waiting on my viva date now.

Thread: Mental health discrimination

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22-May-17, 19:28
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Hi Missy

We've spoken about this before and you know my thoughts on this stuff - there are times in our lives when we're not ready or able to make the big leaps that other (usually well-meaning) people think would be for our own benefit. At the end of the day, your PhD is going to be awarded on the basis of your thesis and viva, not on anything else. I'd put money on the fact that your uni would rather see you join the 'completed PhD' stats rather than the opposite!

Honestly, unless you have some intrinsic motivation for wanting to do presentations, or are banking on a career that needs you to have this skill, I would try my best to kick this into the long grass for now. You're in your final year, on the home stretch, and between the pressures of final year and the fact that you have a diagnosis of anxiety and depression, I think you have every reason to say you will not be doing conference presentations at this time.

All the best, and don't give up.

Thread: Great project, mediocre uni...

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18-May-17, 15:14
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I agree with others here that this isn't how it should be (but probably is) - it is also a big turn-off from academia for me.

If you want my honest opinion, mental health/education/inequality is such an important area that you should only go for this if your heart is in it completely. If the concern about the university and prospects is looming larger, perhaps this project belongs to someone else.

Thread: Kick start motivation?

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18-May-17, 14:57
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I think there are times during the PhD when you just need to do 'a bit', rather than nothing. As EffinIneffable says, when it gets closer to the finish line you will step things up because you need to, but if it's one of those times when you feel you're just plodding, I think that's just the nature of working on one project for so long. Maybe see if there's some interesting training or something else that's kind of related to the PhD but not your everyday stuff?

Thread: Open university or a traditional brick university?

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15-May-17, 22:36
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I know what you mean about the attitude you sometimes get. I think that if your supervisors have a good publication record in your field, this will really help.

Thread: Open university or a traditional brick university?

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15-May-17, 21:33
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I can only comment from doing my Masters with the OU - I found it to be very good and it certainly opened the door for me to do my PhD.

As far as I know, for PhDs with the OU, you need to be there in person some of the time just as you would with a PhD anywhere else. I would think that the important thing is to get the right supervisor for your project, regardless of whether that is with OU or a traditional university.

Thread: Final year support thread

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15-May-17, 21:28
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Thanks, Pjlu!

Good luck with your meeting with your supervisors. Hopefully they will approve your plan and won't suggest any big changes at this stage. Hope you can enjoy a bit of down time until the meeting - sounds like you've earned it!

Thread: Postgrad Forum Hall of Fame

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13-May-17, 18:01
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Congratulations to both of you!

Thread: Final year support thread

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13-May-17, 12:04
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Congratulations, litphdgirl and teegs, brilliant news! It is so good to hear from people making it through to the end!

My thesis has been ready for a while now, but submission is being stalled at every turn by internal university 'stuff' that I can do nothing about. I know it will get sorted out, but it is very frustrating, having everything sitting on hold for one reason after another!

Thread: PhD viva very soon. Extremely stressed and need advice!

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09-May-17, 16:27
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I am at the stage of waiting for a viva date, and I will tell you the advice I had from my supervisors, which I have found helpful. They said that if you are asked a question at the viva and can't quite answer it, in all likelihood it will become a correction, rather than a reason to fail you. I went to a viva workshop and the trainer said the percentage of people who actually fail a viva is very low (something like 1 or 2 percent) - the only guaranteed way to fail a PhD is not to submit your thesis! I think the odds of passing are very strongly in your favour. I would recommend doing a search for typical viva questions and having a think about these, and if anyone (eg your supervisor) can help you practise with a mock viva, this is meant to be a good idea too. Good luck!

Thread: Couple of days to finish writing paper... lost motivation about 2 weeks ago!

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09-May-17, 16:06
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Sometimes it's just like pulling teeth. I'm at that stage post-thesis completion and knowing I should be writing stuff for publication, yet resisting it with every fibre of my being. I tend to find I need to just do something (when I'm not feeling like it) just to get the momentum going again. I should take my own advice really :-)

Thread: Couple of days to finish writing paper... lost motivation about 2 weeks ago!

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09-May-17, 14:22
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Bullet point what you want to say, then write it up one bit at a time with spaces in between to do nice stuff?

Thread: In love with my gay supervisor and emotionally drained

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07-May-17, 11:48
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Two good reasons to let this crush die a death: he's your supervisor and he's gay. As a gay person, posts like the one above from Kahn make me feel uneasy - it still takes courage to get to the stage of being comfortable with one's sexuality and out at work, and it is not appropriate to assume a different sexuality for someone you find attractive.

Thread: What is your idea of a draft paper?

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01-May-17, 11:09
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I think answers may vary for this, but I prefer to send things I've already proof-read and corrected as far as possible, so that I'm getting feedback on content/structure/ideas etc, rather than things I can fix myself. I guess you can always direct your supervisors to the type of feedback you're looking for - I've said things before like, 'I've still got citations to put into this, but can you let me know if the content seems ok?'.
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