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Thread: Reliable proofreader

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28-Jul-20, 16:02
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posted about 2 weeks ago
I have sent you a private message.

Thread: Part-time PhD while working full-time

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30-May-20, 17:23
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posted about 3 months ago
I started a part-time PhD while working full time and I have not managed to finish. I know that some people do manage it, but it's extremely tough. The only person I know who managed to finish was doing an EdD. I think it's a bit more structured than a PhD. If you want to do a PhD because you've done a master's degree and enjoyed it, an EdD is definitely worth considering although a PhD is probably better if you want to pursue an academic career.

I really wish someone had told me before I started that a PhD is nothing like a master's degree. You don't have the same kind of support from classmates, and because I was spending most weekends working on the PhD, I became quite isolated and ended up struggling with anxiety and depression. I did also go through a very stressful time at work when the future of my department was under review, so the PhD wasn't the only cause of my mental health probIems. However, if I had known how tough it was going to be, I wouldn't have started.

Thread: Job applications - question about training

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11-Feb-20, 21:07
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I'm filling in an application form which has this question:

"Please enter details of any RELEVANT training you have undertaken including dates, subject and training provider."

I never know what to put for this kind of question. I do all kinds of training at work, including health and safety stuff, using new versions of Moodle, creating online reading lists, working with neurodiverse students etc etc. Am I supposed to include this kind of training or do they mean training which leads to some kind of certificate? In which case, I should probably just put N/A.

Thread: Equality irregardless of ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation

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22-Jan-20, 16:41
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posted about 7 months ago
I looked at my university's equalities policy document but it doesn't include the level of detail you're looking for. The Equality and Human Rights Commission's website has plenty of guidance related to the public sector equality duty (which is what universities base their policy on). They have some case studies, but I don't know how much detail there is specifically about discrimination in relation to religion:

Thread: Answering question on application form...

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20-Jan-20, 13:43
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If possible I would try to show that I had experience in related areas to indicate that it wouldn't be a huge step to learn whatever the desirable thing is. I'd also say something about being willing to learn it.

Thread: I might have been terminated from uni [anxiety disorder]

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20-Jan-20, 10:07
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posted about 7 months ago
Your university probably has systems in place to deal with situations like this. I have put my PhD on hold due to problems with anxiety and viva phobia. I've heard from a friend in a similar situation that I can ask for permission to submit when I'm ready. At the university where I work, the best thing to do would be to make an appointment with the counselling service (now called wellbeing) because they can help you navigate the system, but I'm not sure if all universities offer this. Basically, you just need to explain your situation and ask what need to do in order to be able to submit your thesis. Easier said than done when suffering from anxiety, I know!

Thread: Being sick and turning up late for my PhD

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26-Nov-19, 17:00
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Your health condition might be classified as a disability (if it's long term and adversely affects your ability to do day to day activities) and if so you are entitled to reasonable adjustments, which could include a later start in the morning. You should talk to student services or the disability service if your university has one.

I don't understand why the RA is making such a fuss unless your late arrival affects the team's ability to get things done. It sounds as if they're just a crazy control freak.

Thread: PhD proposal help

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15-May-19, 09:37
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posted about 1 year ago
There's no reason why you can't combine the two. You need to read research articles in both areas and also look specifically for research which has investigated creative arts in special/inclusive education. If there's nothing at all then you have a clear gap which your research can contribute to filling. It's more likely that some people have already investigated some aspects of this topic and then you will need to look for gaps within it or areas on which to build. Good luck!

Thread: Advice on recruiting online participant

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26-Apr-19, 15:15
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I think that there are support groups on Facebook for people suffering from anxiety. If you're on Facebook, try a search. Some may allow you to join and post a link to your survey.

Thread: proposal - Statement of ontological/epistemological position

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21-Mar-19, 10:32
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If you have a look at some theses in your discipline, you will probably find one or more sections in the methodology chapter where the writer discusses their epistemological and ontological position. I began this section of my research outline for my upgrade by explaining that my research was an exploratory qualitative study informed by social constructivism and interpretivism. Then I explained what these things mean, how they influenced my research design, methods of data collection and interpretation etc., and how they were complementary to the specific approach that I was taking.

Thread: How to Write Research Paper: A 5 Step Guide

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10-Jan-19, 14:03
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posted about 1 year ago
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Are you being sarcastic? This is a spam post written in dreadful English and promoting an essay writing service that will supposedly help students cheat. However, if the sample essays on their website are anything to go by, any students who use their services will be wasting their money.

Thread: Analysis Of MyPictures

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10-Jan-19, 14:00
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posted about 1 year ago
Maybe have a look at some of the literature on multi-modal discourse analysis. I don't know much about it, but I think it covers images.

Thread: How can i find any proofreading job after university?

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24-Dec-18, 16:48
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posted about 2 years ago
If you want to do proofreading in English, learning the difference between advice and advise might be a start.

Thread: Paper request

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02-Dec-18, 10:29
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posted about 2 years ago
It's available as an ebook via my uni library catalogue and there are no restrictions on downloading, so I have downloaded the whole book. PM your email address and I'll send it to you.

Thread: Thoughts of a PhD student at his wit's end

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09-Nov-18, 21:17
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posted about 2 years ago
Hi Zimmerman,


Sorry you are having such a hard time. You're not alone in this as you'll see if you Google something like 'PhD damages mental health' or 'PhD depression anxiety'. I would really urge you to go back to your GP but also to seek help from your university counselling service, or your GP may be able to refer you to counselling. I had some cognitive behavioural therapy for anxiety caused by trying to do a very stressful full-time job and a part-time PhD. It gave me some strategies to help me cope with things like not feeling able to leave the house or deal with difficult tasks at work.

In the meantime, be kind to yourself and try to spend time with people who are kind to you. Would you tell a friend who was feeling like this that they were stupid or a failure? Hopefully the answer is no, so there is no need to beat yourself up either.
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