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Thread: PhD in distance learning?

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12-Aug-17, 11:24
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Just to update - this was actually a mistake and the University reissued my certificate with the correct wording (without mentioning DL or PT!)

Thread: pre-viva serious formatting mistake

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12-Aug-17, 11:19
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As the others have said, it's not really a problem. I didn't notice that one table changed from landscape to portrait in my thesis which made it really small and almost impossible to read! I just fixed it along with the other corrections.

Thread: Books about publishing

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27-Jul-17, 13:17
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posted about 3 weeks ago
Thanks!

Thread: Books about publishing

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26-Jul-17, 18:23
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I have now finished, graduated and even went to the ceremony (which I can highly recommend!) The next stage is to publish some articles (as I didn't publish anything while studying). There are lots of books about publishing academic articles but I wonder whether anyone has any recommendations?

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

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10-Jun-17, 08:55
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I remember your post! Hard as it is, I don't think you can help. It is going to ruin your relationship and you need to distance yourself from it (not her). Is she depressed, do you think? Does she enjoy the research? I went through a long period of procrastination and doubt myself so I can understand that it is sometimes very difficult to "just get on with it". If she can't motivate herself though, she really needs some outside help to do this which I don't think you are in a position to give her. I was also studying from a distance and what really helped me was to meet up with other students/researchers to get feedback - it made me feel like I was actually a "proper" student. Would this be an option?

Thread: Attend Graduation?

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31-May-17, 18:07
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I'm going! I don't know anybody there apart from my supervisor as I was never on campus but I think I would regret not going - should be fun!

Thread: Corrections finally approved!

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28-May-17, 10:02
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Congratulations! Enjoy the celebrating!

Thread: Submitting a Poster at a research conference - advice please.

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15-May-17, 12:36
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My advice would be to make it as big as possible! I looked at the maximum size allowed and decided it was too big and made mine smaller - everyone else used the maximum size so mine looked tiny!

Thread: The final stretch and struggling...

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07-May-17, 16:50
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Don't give up now GM, you are so nearly there! I really understand how you feel - corrections are so hard to work up any excitment about and yet, so essential. You know you have to do them so just keep at it! Will you be graduating in a ceremony this summer? Maybe keep that in mind to spur you on.

Thread: MA Grades on CV after PhD?

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28-Apr-17, 16:58
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I do for my degree but not for my MA - I can't remember what I got for my MA!

Thread: Overturn decision to downgrade to an MPhil

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22-Apr-17, 16:05
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Did you get your upgrade in the end?

Thread: Pregnant, fatigue, nauseous - while preparing for viva in two weeks.

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19-Apr-17, 18:31
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Congratulations! Actually it sounds as if you are pretty much prepared. As long as you are doing a little bit of reading to remind yourself of your topic every day then I think you will be fine. (My memory went to pieces when I was pregnant and I never really got it back!)

Thread: Considering/have always wanted to complete an MA/PhD in History - advice?

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18-Apr-17, 10:12
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I don't think you're mad at all! 25 is a good age to embark on a new career. The National Trust funds some PhDs which might be worth looking into too.

Thread: 12 days until final submission and feel like I am walking through treacle

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04-Apr-17, 13:57
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Did you finish??

Thread: PhD at 38

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04-Apr-17, 13:53
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I can answer the first two!

- any advice on balancing study and family commitments (I have two young children)

It really depends on how old they are and what childcare you have available to you. I started my PhD with a four year old and had twins during my first year. It was tough. It probably would have been anyway, but for a long time I kidded myself that I could study while the babies slept. Unsurprisingly, this never worked. You really need to work out exactly how many child-free hours you will have and if this answer is "not enough", work out how you can get more help. And yes, time management is essential. Another thing to bear in mind is where you are going to be studying. I was mainly studying from home which was very stressful (no study + two toddler = chaos). Ironically, I have now moved house and have a study. (I finished a few months back).

- how it feels to return to FT study after a long period working
Really good! I loved being a student again and am missing it already. However, as a parent your university experience is going to be different to your young, free and single colleagues - far less socializing and networking, and possible lonelier too.

As for your last question, I am still working that out. I do currently teach at a university (abroad) but I am not a researcher. I am hoping that might change in the future but for the moment, I cannot realistically move jobs or areas.
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