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Thread: Last on to post on this thread wins

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03-Sep-09, 22:55
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posted about 8 years ago
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Sorry just to clarify, you want a non-response?

Hmmm, let's try another smilie:

(robin)

Darn it, they don't work anymore.

Thread: The nocturnal workers' thread

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03-Sep-09, 22:32
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well looks like I'm settling on for the night. A presentation to write, which I've been putting off all day. Anyone else on the graveyard shift?

Thread: Last on to post on this thread wins

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03-Sep-09, 22:29
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Hmmm, bug off! This is my prize.

Time to test the old smilies to see if they still work:

(orlandobloom)

Thread: Authorship Issue

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02-Sep-09, 21:19
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If there were just 2 or 3 authors I think people would probably conclude that the lion's share of the paper was probably written by the first author. I think alot of us in the same boat insofar as any papers that come off my PhD will have to be written by me. Interestingly, the protocol here is that the person who wrote the paper gets the first author. For some former students, it means that where the supervisor has merely taken the thesis and juiced the best bits into a paper, they take the first author rather than the PhD student who did the research.

I appreciate what you're saying, but would it have more kudos iwith the academic community in the long term if it was seen that you had collaborated with an emminent academic (however much you dislike them)?

Thread: Last on to post on this thread wins

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02-Sep-09, 21:10
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posted about 8 years ago
You were saying? (van)

Thread: Authorship Issue

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02-Sep-09, 21:00
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As far as I'm aware you can name whoever you want on the paper. Nonetheless, you wouldn't win too many friends if you left them off. There's also the possibility that you might be more likely to get published with a recognised name or two on the paper. I suppose the yardstick is whether they have supplied intellectual content to the paper or not and, if someone were to later quiz them the paper, whether they knew what it actually was all about. Tread carefully here, for academic jobs you often have to supply your supervisor as a reference!

Thread: when do you let it go?

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01-Sep-09, 15:05
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You can add, edit, polish forever if you were so inclined and actually, if the fundamentals of the chapter are wrong, you could have wasted alot of time doing it. I've got past the stage of trying to impress by supervisors now, I just send them stuff and get a feel for whether it's good enough or not. Sounds a bit naff, I know, but if I carried on as I was doing, polishing and polishing, I'd never get the thing finished. Send it off and move onto the next!

Thread: Lecturing posts - like gold dust?

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01-Sep-09, 01:13
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I concur with Sue, grab any lecturing position you can because there ain't a huge amount going out there right now. I tested the water earlier in the summer with 4 jobs (I haven't submitted yet) and didn't get a sniff and I have a friend who has their PhD and has been postdocing, and he went for the same job as me and didn't get a sniff either. So yes, get in there!

Thread: Very excited about starting Phd

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26-Aug-09, 16:56
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Wise words indeed. Don't fall into the trap of thinking that your PhD has to be a masterpiece that will rewrite history. It is merely a training exercise in independent research and so long as you add your little bit to existing knowledge, the PhD will be yours.

Thread: Sylvester's 2000th post thread

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26-Aug-09, 16:36
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Why thank you very much. I'm sure this milestone is worthy of another star, hey the PGF team? ;-)

Thread: Rental problems

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26-Aug-09, 16:33
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posted about 8 years ago
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Starshine - do not move into that flat. I don't know the local conditions but 6 months rent is unheard of (do they know that there is a f**king recession on?). At that price, yourself and himself could get a proper house (hate apartments)! That is mortgage repayment terms and that crowd sound like a right bunch of cowboys! Again, I don't know the local conditions so sorry. Ask about your group.

As for your Supervisor being too busy, thats nonsense. He can surely sign a drafted letter and surely has done this before for other students. It's not his job to ensure your comfort but surely he can spare 5 seconds


I have to slightly disagree with this. Unless you can get a month to month arrangement as a lodger with an owner-occupier (which is what I've just moved into) or you can sublet a room on the quiet, a 6 month shorthold agreement is the legal minimum for a private rental and yes, they will check your financial arrangements prior to agreeing the contract.

Thread: Rental problems

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26-Aug-09, 16:25
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Quote From bonzo:

Starshine - get a letter of recommendation from your supervisor, admin and accounts office saying you are on the books and that the stipend will cover the time period. Works fine here.


+1 for Bonzo. I had to get a letter from the accounts department of the university,

Thread: Looking for tips from anyone else working remotely from their college?

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26-Aug-09, 16:21
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posted about 8 years ago
Further to what the others have said, do not work in your bedroom (if you can), keep it separate and it will help you close off your work each day rather than psychologically taking it to bed with you. Best of all, if you have space, designate a specific room as the work room and stay out of it during non-working hours, likewise avoiding procrastination rooms (e.g. TV) during work hours.

Thread: Dissertation

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26-Aug-09, 16:14
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I'm not sure how knowing the pass rate will help you improve your dissertation. I'm guessing that your supervisor is merely suggesting improvements (those of us doing PhDs are only too familiar with these) rather than necessarily suggesting your dissertation is weak. As Rubyw says, you should compare it with marking criteria to see where you think you stand.

Thread: program for curve-fitting and optimization

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25-Aug-09, 21:25
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Personally, i think getting to know Matlab is time well spent as it's a useful line for your CV. Can you acquire it from someone in the department?
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