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Thread: pre-viva serious formatting mistake

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10-Aug-17, 08:54
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I don't think it's a huge problem. You could explain what happened in the viva if the examiners question it, and it could be easily fixed as part of minor corrections.

Thread: How long did you wait for PhD viva voce and what did you do in between?

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10-Aug-17, 08:46
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About 2 months wait for mine. I already had a full-time job by then (not academia) so was pretty busy.

It's going to depend how busy the examiners are with other commitments, they need time to read the thesis fully, prepare their initial reports, and agree a date/time convenient for everyone involved. Right now many academics may be away at conferences or on holiday.

Thread: Dealing with Stress/Depression/Anxiety

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09-Aug-17, 11:40
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I agree about seeing your GP - sometimes symptoms like you describe can be caused by anxiety and stress, sometimes there is a physical cause such as thyroid problems. Either way it would be good to get medical advice.

Also, I can't help noticing that you sound very perfectionist and rigid in your thinking and the 'rules' you impose for yourself, both in terms of your PhD work and diet/exercise regimes etc. Obviously being self-disciplined is a good thing up to a point, but when taken to extremes you can end up putting yourself under unbearable pressure, making you unhappy and ill. The GP should be able to refer you to counselling (in fact, your university very likely offers free counselling for students), where you could explore finding a more balanced approach.

Thread: Doing Research Technician Job after PhD

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10-Jul-17, 09:34
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If it would be useful experience then you probably should take it. Not weird at all to want to improve your skills while getting paid for it :)

Thread: Anxiety_ panic attacks & starting a masters ? Foolish or wise ?

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06-Jul-17, 12:26
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You might find that you cope better this time because you can be prepared. I had depression/anxiety during my first attempt at a bachelor's, and it took me a long time to get help because I didn't know what was wrong with me or who to turn to. But now you know this could be a problem for you, you can take steps like registering at the university health centre and counselling service, so you have somewhere to go if you need help; making sure you notify your tutors promptly if you find your studies are starting to be affected (much better to do this early than wait until you fail an exam or miss a deadline); building whatever self-care things work for you into your daily routine (regular exercise, mindfulness, yoga, etc) to try to manage your stress levels.

I don't know much about the academic culture in Finland, but most universities these days are very used to dealing with students with these kinds of issues, and will have procedures in place. You do get the occasional unsympathetic academic supervisor, but most should be understanding.

Thread: Cheesed off - viva result

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03-Jul-17, 22:28
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I think it's completely understandable to feel that way, but it would seem a shame to walk away without your PhD after all the work you've put into it! Maybe try to take a short break (you have to wait for the report anyway, right?) and see how you feel.

I got 18 months major corrections/resubmit (thankfully no second viva either), was devastated at the time and thought of quitting many times, but I got the corrections done and am waiting for the result now. Whatever the outcome, I think I'd regret it if I hadn't at least tried.

It is really frustrating to have a setback like this, especially when you thought you were almost done with your PhD, and your supervisors thought your work was good. Unfortunately it's the examiner's opinion that counts, and there's no predicting them sometimes. Hopefully they'll give you a clear list of the corrections they want, and you can just get them done, get your PhD and then move on with your life!

Thread: Quitting PhD

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30-Jun-17, 15:35
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I'm sorry things worked out this way, but it sounds like you did the right thing.

I had a similar situation, not in my PhD but in a job, where it was only when I handed in my resignation that they suddenly started to dangle the prospect of promotion, pay raise, reasonable hours etc, all the things I'd been asking for! I left anyway as I didn't believe those things would ever materialise. I expect it would have been the same for you.

We're taught as kids that it's bad to be a quitter, and it's hard to go against that without feeling like a failure on some level, even when it's not your fault. But sometimes it's the right decision, and the tougher one, to walk away from a bad situation.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do next, and I hope you're not feeling disheartened for too long.

Thread: Funding in worse Uni or self funded top Uni?

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29-Jun-17, 12:14
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I would go for the funding too, it must be so difficult to manage without it unless you have support from wealthy parents or similar.

I don't think ranking matters hugely at PhD level - not compared to publication record. Queens is a good research university (Russell group) anyway, so it's not going to hurt your reputation, I'm sure! Surrey is perfectly respectable too (and has a lovely campus as I remember).

Thread: Worried about possible struggles due to how my phd university operates

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26-Jun-17, 11:56
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Surely it is extremely rare for a PhD to be revoked - I've never known anyone this has happened to, and I've only read of it happening when there's been evidence of widespread plagiarism in the thesis or large amounts of data being falsified. Not because of some records being accidentally deleted afterwards. And yes, I would think any data on the university system should be backed up and retrievable anyway.

I agree you seem to be having excessive anxiety about this, and some worrying thoughts about people 'coming after you' - did you leave on bad terms with your supervisor/department, or have some other reason to fear someone trying to cause problems for you?

I agree too it might be worth talking to someone like a GP if these thoughts are bothering you a lot and interfering with your everyday life.

Thread: Thesis correction - need to shorten very long tables.

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21-Jun-17, 21:01
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Can you split the data into several smaller tables? Or yes, have an Appendix!

Be careful about contacting examiners directly - at my university you're not supposed to do this, and would need to go via supervisors or registry with any queries. It might be different where you are, but worth checking the regulations.

Thread: PhD loans to become available in 2018.

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08-Jun-17, 11:58
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My concern would be that the types of PhDs that are more likely to lead to jobs afterwards are usually already funded (lab sciences, clinical doctorates, etc) by the research councils, medical charities or industrial employers, so the people using these loans might often be taking on a large amount of debt (on top of their undergraduate student loans and any amount they had to borrow for a Master's) only to be no better off in terms of employment afterwards.

Having said that, I guess it's a good thing for people to have more choices and opportunities to do the research they want, as long as they go into it with a realistic view of the finances. I wouldn't like to see this replace grants/studentships though.

Thread: Viva next Wednesday! PhD Creative Writing. Tips, advice, encouragement, please.

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31-May-17, 07:20
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I think it's fine to bring notes. You may not even need them in the end, but it can give you confidence to have the information there to refer to in case you do need to. Also fine to say 'no, I think we've covered everything' if you don't have any questions/comments at the end, it's not a job interview and it's up to the examiners to bring up anything they think needs to be discussed.

Good luck today!

Thread: Viva outcomes: major corrections, minor corrections, revise and resubmit

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21-Mar-17, 20:33
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Yes it depends on the examiners' judgement, and different institutions have different regulations, so there isn't really much clarity or consistency! At my university, for example, there is no such thing as major corrections: you can only have minor corrections (12 weeks) or revise and resubmit (18 months).

My examiners actually gave me the choice between the two outcomes, but they strongly advised me to go for the R&R option (with no need to re-take the viva) as they wanted quite a lot of corrections and thought I would struggle to complete them in the 12 weeks, especially as I work full-time. So it can depend on your circumstances as well.

Honestly there is no point worrying about the thesis now it's submitted; no thesis is perfect, and you can't change it at this stage anyway. The important thing is to prepare well for the viva (e.g. if you felt some of your arguments were unclear in the thesis, make sure you can explain them clearly and confidently in person). Good luck and stay positive, it will most likely all be fine!

Thread: Going mad?

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21-Mar-17, 20:19
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It's worth remembering that many published papers are really badly written - either because the authors don't have particularly good English, or they're not skilled at expressing themselves clearly, or both - and some journals don't copy edit as thoroughly as you might think.

Otherwise, I agree about taking short breaks when you can, instead of trying to work for long stretches at a time - if you find you're getting mentally tired or losing focus, step away from the books/papers/screen and take a walk or do something else, then come back to it with your brain and eyes a bit fresher.

If you find anxiety is a problem, maybe look into some mindfulness/relaxation/breathing exercises. Getting regular exercise and enough sleep can help, all the usual self-care stuff.

Thread: Examiner Disagreement

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08-Mar-17, 12:35
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Wonderful news! I've followed your story and hoped to see good news every time I see your name on here - so happy for you that it's finally happened :). Can't even imagine how relieved and glad you must be after all you've been through.

Thank you too for sharing your story here. So often in real life you only hear about the good, 'normal' outcomes, which is very isolating for those of us who have complications and difficulties with the process. And you persisted and got there in the end - it give me hope to keep going with my re-submission and not give up hope.

Congratulations!! I hope you're able to celebrate, relax and move on with your life, and finally put all this awfulness behind you.
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