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Thread: Equal opportunities...Just pretence!

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24-Sep-09, 19:44
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posted about 8 years ago
Quote From benm:

Sneaks,

Excellent :-) thanks for bringing in some humour in all this! Oooh I forgot...the Sterling now has lost against the Euro (A possible research project?).Any reason not to join the Euro zone now? It comes back to my point! Imperialism!... Whether anyone likes it or not the truth hurts :p:p


And so the circular argument continues. The UK being out of the Euro is nothing to do with Imperialism but due to the fact that we are able to control interest rates in our economy thus having an economic policy attuned to the needs of UK plc, rather than the one size fits all model of the Euro. It may also have escaped your notice that the lower value of the pound is also excellent for UK exporters, meaning more business, meaning more jobs, meaning more international trade. Imperialism, you were saying?

Thread: Just one supervisor

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24-Sep-09, 16:15
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You can get by, but it's not ideal, especially if you have a disagreement of sorts. I have three and will trade them off against each other to get a hopefully balanced opinion. Why isn't your other supervisor involved? Can you do more to get him/her involved more?

Thread: here's a bit more controversy, for those wish to take procrastination to new heights...

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24-Sep-09, 15:47
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I thought the controversy was alot of hullabaloo about nothing. There seems to be a fashion nowadays for people looking to be offended, searching text and people's words and seizing on anything they can take offence to, and promptly complaining. I'll probably get in trouble for the following remark, but, as a male of the species with a heterosexual persuasion, there would have to be something seriously wrong me if I didn't notice the opposite sex. And, as the auther says, you can look but you can't touch. Goes for life in general.

Thread: Equal opportunities...Just pretence!

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24-Sep-09, 13:22
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As I said earlier, there's no debate to be had here. The original poster continually repeats that 1+1=3 (whether you use metric or, dare I say it, the Imperial system) and there's nothing you can say that will make him change his mind.

Thread: Equal opportunities...Just pretence!

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24-Sep-09, 10:11
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It appears it doesn't matter what we think (or what we know), you've already made your mind up. Was there really any point posting this or are you just flaming the board?

Thread: Applying to a PhD. in a highly reputable university with a degree from a not-so reputable university?

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23-Sep-09, 13:39
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Yes go for it but with one caveat - build some sort of relationship with the supervisor(s), whether it's working on the proposal or a general chat about the PhD, so that you've got them onside when it comes to the selection process. It will move you well up the pecking order.

Thread: Techniques for Mastering Nerves?

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22-Sep-09, 14:50
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Good luck. Trust me, you'll come back buzzing afterwards!

Thread: Techniques for Mastering Nerves?

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21-Sep-09, 17:21
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You'll be fine. It's a bit like doing a presentation, you're actually only nervous for your opening sentence or two then you settle into it. They'll probably be equally nervous of you. If your teaching is interactive (e.g. tutorial) try chatting to them (e.g. asking them how they are settling in etc), it will calm everybody's nerves. As someone else, showing that your boss actually breeds confidence. Finally, enjoy the buzz, I absolutely love teaching!

Thread: relationship breakdown. :-(

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17-Sep-09, 17:10
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Hi Pink_fluff. I broke with my now (ex) back in April, 2.5 years down the line in my PhD and yes, it hit me for six (I was dumped too). It might seem difficult to accept right now, but time is a healer and despite a few up and down days, the trend is upwards. My advice, work and play hard. That is, take a break if you need to, otherwise get your head down during the days and then evenings and weekends (when you're most vulnerable) get out and about and see friends. My friends were brilliant after my breakup, dragging me here there and everywhere to get me away from my thoughts. I'm started to feel normal again after about a month, and now I'm fine and, to be quite honest, I do not have the time to start a new relationship anyway. I'll work on that post-submission!

You'll get through it, just keep busy and your heart will heal quicker.

Thread: Does anyone enjoy their PhD?

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16-Sep-09, 15:52
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As others have said, people usually come here because they have a problem, so we don't always see the good sides. I generally enjoy my PhD, particularly when you get an exciting result come out. Sure there's good days and bad days but, overall, a positive experience for me!

Thread: help! what chance do i have with a 3rd class degree?

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15-Sep-09, 12:19
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Ring around universities. Although 2:2 is the usual entry requirement, most unis sees Masters students as a cash cow so the prospect of your fees might be enough to sway them. Nothing to lose, everything to gain!

Thread: Extreme procrastination and writers block

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15-Sep-09, 11:55
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Re: writer's block. Again, reading (whether it be a paper in the morning, or a novel) seems to enrich your immediate vocabulary so you'll find that the words will come easier. If not, the main idea at this stage is to get the ideas down. You can edit/polish the prose later.

Thread: Extreme procrastination and writers block

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15-Sep-09, 11:52
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If, as you say, it is a recent thing then don't worry about it too much - you'll find that your PhD productivity ebbs and flows throughout, just don't beat yourself up about it too much. I'm a third year (about to become 4th) and as well as the typical good day, bad day, good day thing I also have good month, bad month, good month etc. in which I do a brilliant month and then jack all work the following month. I've just come to accept that I can't do 9-5 day in day out.

The key word here is "momentum" and to gain momentum you need to get started. This works for me and it might for you. Nice early start in the office NO internet at all during office hours (unless required for work), no emails till lunch and start the day by reading a paper. This should get the grey matter going and then you're ready to rumble.

Thread: plagiarism?

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14-Sep-09, 14:07
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So you are saying that you added the citation but not the reference? If so, it should simply be considered a correction.

Thread: Emergency - lost work when Word stopped working.

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13-Sep-09, 23:11
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Maybe. If it's W2007 then try to find the autorecover location by pressing the big round button, Options, and then the Save option to see where it is saving them. Then have a look for the file in Windows Explorer (it may save it with some random name so look at the date modifed to see if it is it). If there's nothing there, then no!
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