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Thread: Life after a PhD

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12-Jun-17, 22:10
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Quote From TreeofLife:
Lecturer positions are basically impossible to get without a postdoc.

A lecturer position generally requires anything from 3 years postdoc to 3-10 years of a fellowship. In order for you to get a lectureship after a postdoc, you can expect to have several Science/Nature papers + have just been awarded a 3-5 year fellowship grant, going on the people that have just got lectureships at my uni. That is the bare minimum. At the other end of the scale there are people at my uni that are fantastic researchers with fellowships and 10-15 years research experience but just can't seem to find a lectureship. Basically, you can't count on ever getting one and if you do then you are pretty lucky.

The alternative route into academic positions is a teaching role, like I'm doing, but these are generally temporary and may be non-progressable, although the pay and benefits is the same as an entry level lecturer.


Perhaps in some universities you will need several Nature/Science papers but that is not necessarily true in general. I certainly would not agree that it is the "bare minimum" across all or even most academic institutions.
The most important thing is probably to show you can bring funding in although even that is not always necessary.
It seems that who you know is more important than what you know.

It does appear to be very difficult though and I know of a huge number of people who hit their late 30s or enter their 40s without having secured a permanent academic position. I know of several who managed at around 40 years old which is an absolutely brutal situation to be in.

Thread: PhD Finally Finished!

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12-Jun-17, 22:01
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Congratulations.I am not sure I could have lasted 6 years to be honest so well done for finishing.

Thread: returning to postgrad study as a single parent

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11-Jun-17, 07:09
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I will be bailing from academia once I finish submitting the hard bound thesis and finish this last paper.


None of my business so obviously feel free not to answer... is this a recent decision?


Sorry, only just noticed your question.
No, this has been building up for some time.
I have decided to start my own business after I take a short break,
PhD is now complete except for graduation and I have almost finished the last paper.
Couple of days should do it.
What made you ask?

Thread: Supporting my partner doing a PhD, last 18 months to go (Issues for women)

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11-Jun-17, 06:58
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I am unsure why you are getting involved in her PhD at all to be honest. Why are you editing her work for example? Did she ask you to do that? Also why are you "pushing her"?
It sounds like you need to back off and leave her alone to either swim or more likely sink.
Finally, what do you mean when you say she cant work ever?

On the surface of it this looks less like support and more like domineering control but I may be misinterpreting your post.

Thread: Best and worst PhD interview questions

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09-Jun-17, 18:30
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ToL, I wouldn't overthink this TBH. I imagine you really want to get a feel for their undergraduate level of ability, ensure their motivation is right for doing that particular PhD and then, most importantly, allow your natural gut instinct to gauge the person in terms of whether you think you will get on with them, whether they fit in etc. Never ignore your gut instinct. IMO you want to find candidates who are enthusiastic, can show evidence of hard work when everyone else id at the pub and finally can demonstrate evidence of resilience when things go wrong. Evidence of independent thinking and working is also essential. Design your question to specifically tease out the characteristics you know are vital for success. Remember, you may not get many applicants so don't overthink.

Thread: returning to postgrad study as a single parent

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05-Jun-17, 02:57
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This ridiculous and frankly idiotic obsession within academia that you must move around different universities is one of many many reasons why I will be bailing from academia once I finish submitting the hard bound thesis and finish this last paper.
ToL is correct to warn you about this.
I wish I had more positive news but academia is simply and depressingly full of examples of rank stupidity like this.
You will find this out when you start.

You can add the brainless obsession with chasing journal impact factors, awarding prizes for designing posters and an unhealthy obsession with university league tables to that.

Bookmark me on this. It will all drive you to drink if you let it :-D

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

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05-Jun-17, 02:49
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Yeah this is not relevant.
The changes only require minor tweaks.
All that matters is whether you personally think that these are minor changes.
Dont sweat this. 2 weeks without the external needing to see the changes is minor by any reasonable definition.
Do the changes, move on and congratulations on passing.

Thread: Postgrad Forum Hall of Fame

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25-May-17, 16:44
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Perhaps my internal examiner reads this forum.
Minor corrections have been approved.
Free to get hard copies printed.
It's all over.
I am way too hard and tough to cry.
So what on EARTH is this....... :-D

Thread: Teaching assistant award

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25-May-17, 13:16
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Quote From butterfly20:
Your supervisor is most likely concerned that you are spending too much time teaching and not enough on your PhD. I highly doubt your supervisor us threatened by you.

Honestly, I wouldnt bet on that.
Pehaps not "threatened" but more than likely a bit pissed off.
A lot of pettiness exists in academia.
TBH they should just dispense with this sort of ridiculous award in the first place.
There should be no awards in science because there is no good way to compare two pieces of work.
Just like music. Can you imagine trying to decide whether Bach, Beethoven and Mozart were to be awarded a Grammy?
Best tutorial? Come on. Seriously? This sort of thing is all just nonsense.

Thread: Teaching assistant award

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25-May-17, 13:12
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i obtained the highest ever teaching score rating for a tutorial that i had taught, beating other professors. Is there any chance my supervisor will see me as a threat?


Perhaps your supervisor is annoyed that you outscored them by a huge margin.
Did you tell him your score?
Might be a touch of jealousy.
You should downplay winning stuff like this when you know for a fact that you have outscored those who are supervising you.
These sorts of awards are usually pretty useless in the scheme of things but academics take them far more seriously than they should because there is rarely an opportunity to get feedback on their work. Hence you get awards for "best poster", "best presentation" etc which cause nothing but embarassment, resentment and an opportunity for research group politics.

Thread: Am I the only one at fault?

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25-May-17, 13:01
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Quote From Kynaras:
Thank you for the replies.

As tough as it is to admit, the situation is my fault and I am sorry if I came across as trying to blame my supervisor for not having done my work. While I do feel that she has not performed her duties as a supervisor, my current situation is indeed of my own making.

I am finally putting in the hard work needed to finish my proposal and hope a late submission will be accepted, even if it means receiving a penalty.

Thank you for the honest opinion ToL and thank you Tudor Queen for the measured advice.


I am normally a very harsh critic of people as regards this sort of thing but in this case I think you deserve a lot of credit for appearing to immediately accept you were entirely to blame. The easier route would have been to blame the supervisor and you opted not to do this.
As others have said, if you had kept to your timescales then you would always have a case if things went against you because you contacted the right people early in the process. This has been a tough lesson for you but it sounds like you have genuinely learmed from it. You will almost certainly have to call on this experience again in your career and next time you will nail it. In my career it is the things which go wrong like this which build our experience and make us do special things when it really matters.
I made far worse mistakes as a young man. You will be fine.
What you need now, is to get everything submitted and pray for a slice of luck. Start working on your charm offensive.
Let us know how you get on and good luck.

Thread: Postgrad Forum Hall of Fame

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25-May-17, 12:49
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Congratulations to both of you!


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Congratulations DrnPM133 and Dr Muspectrum, fantastic news for you both. Hope the celebrations went well and best luck for the future!


Thanks to both of you.
My minor corrections were completed and submitted last weekend.
I can honestly say that waiting on these corrections being approved is the worst part of my PhD by some distance.
I have heard nothing yet, not even acknowledgement of receipt of the corrected thesis. According to my supervisor the process will take as long as it takes.
Given that I like to be in comtrol, this is absolute torture and it has only been 4 days lol.
Having nightmares about the changes not being accepted.
Would be interesting to see if others experienced delays in getting a response.
I am settled on an expectation of one month now. No idea if that is realistic.

Thread: Mental health discrimination

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24-May-17, 05:44
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Missy, there are only two people whose opinions count. Yours and your supervisors.
8f your supervisor is happy you should feel free to block everyone else out totally.
At my uni we were told by a range of miscellaneous idiots that we had to attend this seminar or that talk etc. I ignored them all. Someone emailed me asking why I wasnt attending seminars and copied my supervisor on the email. Essentially an attempt to land me in it. I emailed the person back with a terse response "I am unavaliable to attend these seminars" and copied my supervisor. Nobody gets to bully me:-) Didnt receive another message like that again.
You may not feel like it but you probably need to learn very quickly how to say No in a firm way to people or they will simply take the piss. You need to able to do it without being aggressive though.
Saying No feels fantastic because it gives you back control of your life. Something I suspect you feel you dont have which may be contributing to your problems. By the way, I would just say No to doing the presentation. They are hardly going to sack you. They NEED you to pass your viva because it looks terrible if you dont. They are also hardly likely to carry you up on stage and force you to talk. You have the control here. Feel free to start exerting it and feel the joy of No.

Oh and this is YOUR PhD. You have the right to decide what hours you work. Your co workers are irrelevant. Honestly I would laugh if anyone asked me that. My response would be that i couldnt honestly give two f**ks. As for working in industry you can deal with that as and when you get there. Industry is NOTHING like a PhD. I agree with the 9 to 5 bit although that is my personal choice. Unless there is a very good reason you really need to lfeel free to work whatever hours you want.

Thread: Great project, mediocre uni...

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18-May-17, 03:09
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I will never ever understand this obsession with university rankings.
The project is perfect, the location is perfect so I dont understand the issue.
Do you honestly want to work in an industry where they are daft enough to award jobs based on what uni you went to anyway rather than treating you on your own merit?
IMO university rankings are as useless as journal impact factors when considering almost anything of merit.
Ludicrous academic obsession with both is a large part of why I am getting out as soon as my corrections are finished.
Phew. Glad I got that off my chest :-D

Others may give you a calmer response lol.

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

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13-May-17, 21:10
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Hi All

In just over a week, I've got what will now,be my second interview for a job in HE. To give my background I'm an FE lecturer / manager with a masters, trying to find work in a university education department. I had an interview a few weeks ago which was a disaster as it wasn't quite right for me due to my lack of research experience. Now I've got another one which is less research-y but there seems to be more emphasis on the business side of things and they want ten minutes on how I would boost recruitment to their courses. I used to,work in marketing so have some ideas about targeting different audiences through multi-channel communications - web, pr, social media, open days, etc etc. But I just feel like it's all stating the obvious. Any one got any tips / ideas what they be after?

Thanks.


You cannot answer that without understanding the unique selling point of that university.
I would ask what would make ME choose them.
When you answer that you will find everything else falls into place.
It sounds to me that you are approaching this back to front.
If I was interviewing you I would want you to demonstrate that you understood what you were trying to sell before you tried to sell it. Otherwise how can I trust that your ideas are not just an expensive waste of time?
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