Overview of faded07

Overview

Avatar placeholder
faded07
Monday, 16 April 2012 at 10:17am
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 at 6:18pm
85
Login to send a private message to faded07
page 1 of 6 recent posts

Thread: PhD vs job opportunity

posted
05-Sep-15, 21:34
by faded07
Avatar for faded07
posted about 2 years ago
That's a really tricky one - and it sucks that you aren't able to change to part time. I think you have to ask yourself what your PhD means to you. Why are you doing your PhD? You will eventually get to the job you want after you've finished - it's not all as bleak as people say it is. If you love your research and fear that having a break from it will throw you off track then I'd stick to the PhD and see it through. However, if you feel you need a break from it then maybe it will benefit you in the long-term - both professionally and academically. Good luck! :)

Thread: End of the Very Long Road?

posted
05-Sep-15, 21:29
edited about 9 seconds later
by faded07
Avatar for faded07
posted about 2 years ago
I had my viva 9 months ago and was given major corrections (see my previous posts for full info). I spent a good 3 months struggling to do the corrections and found them very heavy and lacking in detail. Anyway, come the beginning of the summer I dedicated all my time to getting the corrections done and 'found my flow' again as such. I worked incredibly hard and followed my viva report as closely as possible. Six months later and I am on track to meet my deadline of submitting my thesis 3 months ahead of schedule.

This celebration has, however, been somewhat short lived. I've recently been told by my supervisor that my writing isn't up to academic standard and that he would fail me if he was my examiner. This comes after he gave the go ahead for me to submit my thesis in the first place last year and after a long summer of him giving me very little guidance. He's told me to get in touch with the university's writing support service which, at this stage, feels beyond humiliating. However, I've swallowed my pride and done it, whilst also getting some feedback from paid-for online editing services. Now my head is in a complete spin as everyone - the support service, 2 editing services & my supervisor - are all giving me completely different feedback.

And, to top it all off, the biggest praise I got from my examiners was that my thesis was - and I quote - "very well written". My supervisor, however, is now saying it never was and still is not. He has also assumed my 'quick' turn around of corrections (I don't deem 6 months as being that quick) is a rushed job. This is not the case at all and I am absolutely determined to get this right.

I can feel that my health is deteriorating (again) and I am sinking into PhDepression at a stage where I thought I was almost ready to resubmit. Has anyone else been given this kind of shitty advice so late?

Thread: Viva Report/Thesis Corrections

posted
21-Aug-15, 11:46
by faded07
Avatar for faded07
posted about 2 years ago
I'm hoping for some advice regarding my viva report. I've recently finished my corrections (was given major corrections/R&R - officially I was told major corrections in my viva but the school has treated it as an R&R since then). I have added in everything my examiners have asked of me and followed my viva report very carefully. I'm now in editing mode and my supervisor has made a lot of changes to my introduction. Although I've had to make minor changes to this (by including an overview of the 2 new chapters I was asked to write), my viva report did not say to change anything about my introduction. My supervisor is almost suggesting to re-write it but I'm dubious about doing this as this is not something my examiners asked of me? It has already changed quite a lot through both my own additions and my supervisors recommendations - would rewriting it be risky at this stage?

I want to make sure my thesis is written for my examiners and not for my supervisor as this (I think) has contributed in part to my result of major corrections. Any advice?!

Thread: Resubmitting Post-Viva - Terrified!

posted
27-Jul-15, 13:26
by faded07
Avatar for faded07
posted about 2 years ago
I had my viva six months ago and was given major corrections (although I still fail to see much difference between major corrections and R&R). After a very demotivating viva experience and a lot of drama beyond this (the chair lost my viva report & I had a 3 months wait to get my hands on it), I have finally finished my corrections.

On the one hand I am really pleased as I genuinely believed that I would never get my corrections done as they were so overwhelming. So it's an amazing feeling to have, in essence, done the impossible! However, I am currently editing my new chapters & corrections in accordance with my supervisor's critique and now feel incredibly stressed and nervous again. I appreciate that embarking on a PhD is an isolating experience and you are always in a world of 'not knowing' what the hell is going to happen next (which doesn't bode well for an organised 'needing to know what's round the corner' person such as myself). However, I'm starting to seriously lose sleep over resubmitting my thesis and fear that I will either get called for viva again (the first one was one of the worst experiences of my life so I don't really fancy a second), or my thesis will be failed completely. I have worked so hard over the past 5 years and seriously disagreed with some of the recommendations of my viva report...but I've done everything that's been asked. This process has just been so tedious and unpredictable, (with little support from my supervisor), I fear the system is just going to chew me up & spit me out for the last time.

Has anyone got any advice so I can stop losing my much needed sleep?!

Thread: Working on Corrections Post-Viva - Help!

posted
29-Jun-15, 17:44
by faded07
Avatar for faded07
posted about 2 years ago
I was hoping for some feedback from anyone who may have been in my position (I was given major corrections - see my earlier post for extensive ranting!)

One of the recommendations in my viva report was to basically combine my two major theories into one theory (Foucault + Feminism = Foucauldian Feminism). I am writing a new chapter specifically on this but it also says in my report to use this new theory "more explicitly throughout the thesis". I am finding this quite difficult. They haven't asked me to take anything out or change anything that I'd already written. I'm therefore slotting in my new theory by adding to my current chapters - this ranges from adding a few pages and/or paragraphs to each chapter where I (somewhat awkwardly) bring in this new theory. It all seems a bit of a jumble to me but I appreciate that, as a PhD candidate, I have to master this.

What I wanted to ask was has anyone been given a similar challenge and, if so, did you go about it the same way as me?! Any feedback would be greatly appreciated, thank you! :)

Thread: R&R - what did you have to do?

posted
22-May-15, 16:08
edited about 27 seconds later
by faded07
Avatar for faded07
posted about 2 years ago
I was given major corrections and can't see much difference between R&R and major corrections so will give you my story anyway.

I've been asked to add two new chapters to my thesis and also merge two of my theories into one (Foucault & Feminism if you're doing Sociology by any chance?!) and discuss this throughout the thesis as a whole, so basically slotting in more paragraphs where necessary.

Everyone's corrections are different and, with a positive attitude, you can plough through them more quickly than you think. However, there are some days/weeks...even months where you feel like you're just not going to get the PhD (how I feel at the moment). The success stories give you the will to carry on fighting though.

Good luck :)

Thread: Corrections

posted
22-May-15, 15:57
by faded07
Avatar for faded07
posted about 2 years ago
I completely understand how you feel - I'm in the same state as you, other than my corrections being classed as major (see my recent post).

I think some days are easier than others. A few days ago I was working on my corrections and getting loads done so felt generally positive. Then today I've been sat at my laptop for about 4 hours and written a few sentences. And yes I, too, have cried many tears and wanted to throw many books (including my bound thesis) out of the window!! Truth be told: on the day of my viva I almost threw my thesis in the university pond I was that angry!

However, I've learnt a lot over the past few months that I wouldn't have experienced had I passed with no corrections. With your corrections - is it a case of just doing them and sending the thesis to your external again or will it be marked internally? At least you don't have the risk of another viva...that's the nightmare that has become my reality.

I hope things get better for you - feel free to message me if you want to talk as I think we're in pretty similar positions. Good luck! :)

Thread: Losing hope whilst working on thesis corrections...

posted
22-May-15, 15:48
edited about 9 seconds later
by faded07
Avatar for faded07
posted about 2 years ago
I had my viva last December and was given major corrections which I was gutted about. Since then there has been a load of drama with my school - long story short: my viva report was lost by the chair (who failed to have a back-up copy) and the school didn't get my report to me until nearly 4 months after my viva. Due to this I have lost job opportunities and money as I turned down extra teaching hours in order to work on my corrections but seemingly couldn't because I had no report to work from.

Anyway, I'm writing up my corrections now (which broadly consist of adding an additional 2 chapters amongst some additions to old chapters) and am feeling completely lost. I had been feeling more positive over recent weeks as it was good to finally get to work on the corrections etc. But after a couple of days tearing my hair out trying to find academic work on particular areas that seem impossible to find, I'm feeling like this could all be for nothing.

I might have a second viva which is down to the discretion of my external examiner after she reads my revised thesis. That thought alone is terrifying me. If another viva does happen and she still can't find the will to award me the PhD, my only other option would be to go to another institution, pay another 2-3 years worth of fees and resubmit the thesis all over again to a different examining board. After what will be 5 years of full-time PhD study, that thought is unbearable.

Maybe I'll finish these corrections and the thesis will pass (hallelujah) but my heart says that it won't be that simple. I suppose I'm looking for anyone's similar experiences or uplifting stories to give me a bit of hope and positivity! Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thread: Has anyone contested their corrections post-viva?!

posted
24-Feb-15, 13:12
by faded07
Avatar for faded07
posted about 2 years ago
Hi JStanley, thank you so much for your response. Hearing stories such as yours helps me immensely. The general consensus I'm reading from you and others is to get on with my corrections - this certainly seems to be the safest bet. I've just finished writing a two page document for my examiners about my corrections. I'm still in talks with my supervisor as to whether I can contest my corrections or not - the above responses have definitely put me off having the 'audacity' to do such a thing! In the document I have discussed about 50% of the corrections they've given me, often asking for more clarification as to how to approach the corrections instead of actively contesting them. For example, for one point I've put the following:

"In regards to the exploring the figures of the ladette (discussed on pages 20-22), Playboy (discussed on pages 7-8), metrosexual (discussed in terms of the ‘new man’ on pages 11, 108 & 254) and the girl next door (mentioned on page 15) – in what ways should I develop these discussions further and incorporate them into the thesis?"

Do you think raising issues such as this is completely futile? As you can see in my example, I feel like I've already talked about these figures & am confused as to how to develop them further.

Thank you again for telling me your story - it offers a much needed light in my current PhD darkness! I think I might even print it off and look at it when I'm feeling like I should give up!! :)

P.S. It's been over 10 weeks since my viva & the school still haven't provided me with the official copy of my viva report (they lost it & both the examiners & the chair didn't have a back-up copy). All I've been given so far (only got it last week) is an unofficial reiteration of what they said on the day of my viva.

Thread: Has anyone contested their corrections post-viva?!

posted
23-Feb-15, 14:06
by faded07
Avatar for faded07
posted about 2 years ago
I feel like I'm the only person in the world to have contested their viva corrections. I don't agree with a lot of them (about 70%). For example, my examiners want me to explain how my thesis contributes to the field of Media Studies. I am not a media studies student and I wrote my thesis for the fields of sociology, gender & sexuality studies, cultural studies, feminism and critical sexology. I really don't want to take my thesis down a media studies route simply because it's not the field I'm writing for, nor is it my area of interest or expertise.

If anyone has contested their corrections please let me know because my school has no guidelines for this and still won't confirm whether I am able to write a report outlining why I disagree. Help!!

Thread: Thesis Word Length

posted
17-Feb-15, 17:59
by faded07
Avatar for faded07
posted about 2 years ago
I know every thesis is different and school rules can vary drastically but I wanted to ask how long other PhD'ers thesis' are?! Mine is currently around the 130,000 word mark which was just - and only just - able to be bound. I've been given major corrections and my examiners want 2 extra chapters amongst other parts thrown in which I think will put the thesis up to at least 160,000 words. Many academics I've spoken to have agreed that this word count is far too big even for a PhD thesis.

What's even more annoying is that shortly after my viva, the school implemented a word limit of 80,000 words but because I submitted after this time the new rule doesn't apply to me. I'm pretty angry as it means that I technically will be writing double the word limit to get my PhD.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

Thread: Viva Report & Formal Complaint - Help!

posted
04-Feb-15, 10:26
edited about 7 seconds later
by faded07
Avatar for faded07
posted about 2 years ago
I had my viva over 7 weeks ago and am yet to receive the official report. Long story short: I have been chasing the report for weeks as I'm told it's unusual to have to wait this long.

The chair of my viva said that he submitted the report to the office weeks ago but that it has been lost in the university's internal post. When I requested for him to simply send another electronic copy to the office, I have been told that he is off on sick leave (has been for 3 weeks) and will not respond to any emails. My second port of call was for the office to contact my internal examiner who - I thought - would surely have an electronic copy of the report to hand. However, she hasn't and merely forwarded me five one sentence bullet points that I already have, simply serving as a summary of the official report. I have been advised to make a formal complaint which of course puts me in a very awkward position. All I want is my detailed viva report so I can get on with my corrections and it seems impossible for anyone in the school to provide me with it. I could be waiting another month or two at this rate, which would put me at a 4 month wait - very upsetting for myself considering I wanted to finish my corrections within 6 months. I've turned down full-time teaching hours and opted for part-time hours in order to work on my corrections yet I've spent the last 2 months still waiting for this report.

Could someone please tell me how detailed their viva report was? With major corrections, is it normal to get 4 or 5 short bullet points thrown at you, or should you be given much more description than this? I would very much appreciate any advice anyone has on this!

Thread: Viva Report

posted
20-Jan-15, 22:04
edited about 15 seconds later
by faded07
Avatar for faded07
posted about 2 years ago
I had my viva 5 weeks ago today and still haven't received my viva report back. I - supposedly - passed with major corrections but am yet to have that confirmed in print. I need to get working on the corrections ASAP in order to complete them by the end of the summer and hopefully start a full-time lectureship in September. I have been chasing the report as much as I can but admin keep brushing me off and my supervisor has told me to stop asking for it. I was wondering how long any of you have had to wait for a viva report if you've been in this position? Also, has anyone contested their viva report? I don't think there's much I can do but from what I remember of the blurred and growing distant memory of my viva, my examiners wanted my thesis to go in a very different direction. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thread: Viva - Major Corrections

posted
05-Jan-15, 11:59
by faded07
Avatar for faded07
posted about 2 years ago
Thank you all so much for your advice and words of encouragement - it has helped me enormously. Today is my first day back since the Christmas break and, although this wasn't how I was hoping 2015 would start, I feel more motivated to get on with my corrections and get to the end of this PhD.

Unfortunately I still haven't received my viva voce report which details exactly what my corrections should entail. I have been pushing for my school to send it over but they're taking their sweet time which is already proving very irritating. I'm also feeling a bit agitated over the fact that my supervisor has said he'll find out if I can be awarded an MPhil instead. Although I appreciate having the option, I haven't slogged away for the past 4 years to get an MPhil. It almost feels like he's given up on me but perhaps I'm overreacting. Either way, I've decided to continue so will let you all know how I get on as the months roll on.

Hope you all have a successful 2015 and all your PhD goals are achieved!

Thread: Viva - Major Corrections

posted
17-Dec-14, 11:20
by faded07
Avatar for faded07
posted about 3 years ago
I had my viva yesterday was which an exhausting experience. It's taken me 4 years to write up my thesis and I finally felt that I was at the stage of closure. I'd had 7 practice viva's with various academics in my department and all were very happy with my performance. My thesis had been approved by both my supervisors and - the impression I got - was that I would pass with minor corrections.

As the title of this thread states, I ended up getting major corrections. My viva lasted an hour and a half (this is the maximum amount of time allowed as per the new school rules) and then they kept me waiting over an hour for their decision. I sensed that there must have been a disagreement between my internal and external examiners for the decision to take this long. Also, at the risk of sounding melodramatic, I really felt like my internal examiner had it in for me (or my research should I say) from the start. It was very demotivating.

I'm feeling really low now. I wanted yesterday to celebrate the end of a very long journey but instead it has prolonged it. I've recently been offered a research assistant job alongside increasing my lecturing hours but am going to have to turn both of these down in order to work on my thesis...again. I feel like I'm putting my career on hold and all the exciting things I wanted to move onto after my PhD have to stay where they are - static.

The thought of going back to writing chapters again seems unbearable at the moment. The last time I was actually in PhD writing mode was 8 months ago so I don't even feel capable of writing chapters any more. Also, the chair in my viva said the examiners would decide whether there would be another viva later down the line. That thought alone is soul destroying.

Any similar experiences or advice would be greatly appreciated.
page 1 of 6 recent posts

Postgraduate
Forum

Copyright ©2011
All rights reserved

Postgraduate Forum

Masters Degrees

PhD Opportunities

FindA University Ltd, Sellers Wheel, 151 Arundel Street, Sheffield, S1 2NU, United Kingdom. Tel +44 (0) 114 268 4940 Fax: +44 (0) 114 268 5766