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Thread: What laptop to buy?

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17-Jul-17, 16:40
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Get yourself down to cash converters or somewhere like that, they have decent ones (used) for a couple of hundred quid.

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

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05-Jul-17, 22:26
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Obviously all cases are different depending on the individual. But I've suffered / suffer with depression and anxiety and actually found doing a masters better in that respect than doing my first degree. Undergrad felt long, slow and punctuated by hateful exams. There was a lot of social anxiety for me. Doing a masters (I did mine part time so I could fit it around work) was a shorter, sharper experience which was purely coursework based. There wasn't time / any point in trying to fit in socially. I felt more in control,of,it basically. Also I found that tutors were more approachable, that they had a bit more respect for you at post-grad, although that might just be me. Guess the only way to know is to give it a go. Depending on how bad your anxiety is, of course, it's up to you. Personally I found a masters so absorbing, it actually eased my anxiety and have found having the masters helped me too, in that I felt more confident professionally and able to put myself forward for roles at work and new jobs I wouldn't have previously. Hope,this helps. onion.

Thread: Being a researcher...where to start?

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01-Jul-17, 15:08
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Thanks Tudor Queen, that is a help. There is some training available, and a possible contract extension...I guess I'll just have to see how I do. onion.

Thread: Growing distant from your best friends?

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30-Jun-17, 17:15
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In my experience people do grow apart as they get older, hard to accept but true. Even if you were working in a corporate job and had the same lifestyle, it just gets harder to make time for everyone especially once partners and kids come along. It's just one of those things. Nothing to do with the phd itself, though sounds like you are very different people in a way that maybe only becomes apparent when we age. Think it's important to remember that having a mortgage and fancy holidays don't necessarily make people happy either. They might well be a bit jealous of the intellectual freedom you get from your phd, they may even feel a little trapped - if not now then in the future. I dived headlong into a corporate career and home ownership and all of that...basically ended up jacking it all in to retrain. I've had my fair share of fancy holidays too but that can get to feel pretty empty and I don't regret having sacrificed that by taking a significant pay cut to get started in academia. If you think the friendships are worth making the effort for then great but - as I've done with a couple of once best mates - you might just have to accept things have changed, maybe see them for a catch up once, twice a year, and make an effort also to make new friends that's have more in common with your adult self. If its a true friendship, then it'll last and might come back round again. Recently I've seen a bit more of an old mate whose life is very different to mine (insurance broker, lots of travel and night out on company expenses), I felt he was a bit obnoxious at one bit but basically we pretty much agreed to keep off boring topics like work and had a laugh last time we met up. But equally there are some people, if they brag a lot...maybe let it go. It's not worth stress.

Thread: Being a researcher...where to start?

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29-Jun-17, 21:18
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Thanks both. Yes, they're putting me on a training course of some sort in which I hope will help. I know some of my colleagues Are doing or have done doctorates...but they've been there a long time. My big boss did a phd by publication and has hinted that's could be a route I could take. I guess it'll all become clear in time, I'm just worrying.

Thread: Being a researcher...where to start?

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28-Jun-17, 20:02
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Hi (again)

Well, three years on from first posting on here asking ''how on earth do I get a job in a university', I've achieved that aim and from September will be a lecturer in a university education department. My main role is training teachers, however they also want me to research. The former I'm ok with, the latter...I don't know where to start. I don't have a doctorate, only a masters and have no publications to date. I'm on a fixed term contract for two years, so I need to get stuck into it. The head of my department has basically said to me already that it's what I make of it, and I so want to do well and turn this into a proper academic career. But I don't really feel like I know the rules of the game. It's all a bit intimidating because it's a Russel group uni and they're talking about research of national and international level. Obviously they think I'm capable of it, but I'm not so sure. What should my first steps be?

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Thread: Interview task on 'strategies to boost recruitment'. Any tips

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01-Jun-17, 16:32
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All gone through!

Thread: Interview task on 'strategies to boost recruitment'. Any tips

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30-May-17, 15:36
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Thank you Tudor_Queen. I'm amazed myself. So happy. Although at the minute my stomach is in knots because I'm still sat waiting for my contract because their HR person is on holiday. I just hope they're going to offer a reasonable amount or be open to negotiation. I'm sure it'll all be fine though.

Thread: Interview task on 'strategies to boost recruitment'. Any tips

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28-May-17, 20:22
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Thanks, yeah. I still need to confirm salary details etc but fingers crossed it's all going to go through ok, just waiting for the official offer now - delayed due to,the bank holiday,

Thread: Interview task on 'strategies to boost recruitment'. Any tips

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27-May-17, 15:29
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I got interview number three. I had it yesterday. My heads spinning. . .Lecturer, fixed term for two years. I'm having collywobbles about it but think I'm going to accept.

Thread: Interview task on 'strategies to boost recruitment'. Any tips

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27-May-17, 02:46
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Got it!!!

Thread: Interview task on 'strategies to boost recruitment'. Any tips

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23-May-17, 19:32
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Just wanted to say thanks all for these tips. That part of my interview went really well, and I felt much more confident for having sounded it out here first. Still didn't get the job like, went to an internal candidate (not in a bad way, I'm sure they'll be better in the role than I would have) but was better than my other interview. So a step nearer, next one up in a few days time!

Thread: Interview task on 'strategies to boost recruitment'. Any tips

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18-May-17, 23:33
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Thanks!

Thread: Great project, mediocre uni...

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18-May-17, 23:26
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Im not an expert at all by any means but here's my thoughts, based on my limited experience.

I'm in the process of trying to get a job as a lecturer in education myself. My academic record is distinctly patchy, to put it politely.

Ive got a 2.1 (highly erratic...please, no one ever ask for my transcript which includes everything from firsts to thirds) from a mid-ranking (at best!) red brick, a pgce from a Russel group, and a Masters from a post 92' (although it is a distinction). All in different subjects. I work in an FE college (not a particulalry good one), and have done some Associate lecturing in a low, low ranking post 92 where I have a doctoral proposal on hold.

However...

So far I've applied for three lecturing jobs in education departments. By sheer coincidence, they all happen to be very prestigious Russel group institutions. And to my surprise, I've been shortlisted for all three.

Admittedly, the first interview was a disaster, and the other two are still to come. So its not like I'm speaking from a position of having a job in HE yet.

But if they are willing to interview someone like me, perhaps they aren't as sniffy as all that? If I don't get a job, I honestly don't think the unis I've been to will have much to do with it. Or even my grades. More how I do on the day, really.

So I'd say go for the phd at edge hill. Just my opinion though. Maybe I'm being naive, but that's my thoughts.

Thread: Interview task on 'strategies to boost recruitment'. Any tips

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14-May-17, 21:15
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Thanks Tudor Queen. They're already doing some good stuff (a blog, open days etc) but I can see some gaps in what they've got too - not much in the way of video, social - so I think I should be able to do as you suggest. It's at the uni where I did my pgce, about half an hours blast up the motorway, so I want this job so much, was chuffed to bits to get an interview...although I've got another application in somewhere else as backup! Cheers. Onion.
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