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Thread: Anyone else working over the bank holiday week?

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03-Apr-15, 12:43
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Ha ha lemonjuice and GrumpyMule - that's why I have to come to uni to work. Otherwise I'd spend the whole day in front of the tv, telling myself 'just one more episode' again and again.

I'm sustaining myself with tea, hot cross buns and chocolate mini eggs. Diet starts Tuesday :-)

Have a productive day everyone!

Thread: Anyone else working over the bank holiday week?

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03-Apr-15, 09:52
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Hi everyone,

As a part-time student close to the end of my PhD journey, I will be spending most of this long weekend writing my thesis. It would be nice to know I'm not alone in this. Today I plan to finish a section in one of my data chapters and revise the introduction to that chapter.

Thread: What should I do after my graduation ?

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03-Apr-15, 09:46
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I think you need at least two years work experience, possibly management experience before you can get a place on an MBA course

Thread: How long should an academic cv be (humanities sector)?

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27-Mar-15, 17:39
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Hi Mara,

According to an advice e-booklet available on jobs.ac.uk, it shouldn't be more than four pages, but another article on the same site says it is often many pages. I think 4 is good!

I just spent a whole day - 9 to 5.30 with no break - working on a job application, and I'd already filled in some of the basic info on the application form. Is that normal?? So glad I didn't leave it till the last minute (Monday).

Thread: viva after one month

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27-Mar-15, 09:02
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There is some good advice on preparing for the viva on the last page of the Accountability partners thread in this forum. If you don't already have a list of possible questions, I can send you some, but you need to bear in mind that your examiners may ask completely different questions. As for speaking in English, if I were you, I would practise as much as possible. Get friends to do mock vivas, and if you run out of friends just talk to yourself. English is my first language but I lack confidence talking about my work so that's what I will be doing before my viva.

Thread: Article request

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26-Mar-15, 09:49
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I can send them and I have your email address from the last time I sent you an article.

Thread: Hi I am new I need Help

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24-Mar-15, 21:17
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Try searching for 'virtual learning environment' or 'blended learning'. I think Blackboard is just one brand of VLE so there might not be much literature specifically about Blackboard.

Thread: I need help with my survey: English native speakers wanted

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23-Mar-15, 18:34
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I also think it would be better in Survey Monkey. I can't understand how I'm supposed to circle the numbers or make any change to indicate my responses.

Thread: Commuting vs. Living Near Uni for PhD study

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20-Mar-15, 13:32
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I'm a part-time student so I've rarely had to commute into uni 5 days a week. I live in a London suburb and commute into the centre once or twice a week. Commuting by train can be very expensive if you have travel at peak time. It can also be hell if you can't get a seat and the train is very crowded. I either leave very early or wait till after 9.30am to miss the worst of the crowds. I have noise cancelling headphones (which don't leak sound and annoy other people) to block out other people's music and phone conversations, and I find that I can really concentrate on reading academic books and articles, so commuting time is quite productive. I agree with Tree of Life that the further you live from uni, the less likely you are to participate in social activities and evening seminars etc. It's not so much a problem in London but it might be where trains are less frequent and the last train leaves relatively early in the evening.

Thread: Is a 20,000 word chapter too long?

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18-Mar-15, 10:56
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I hope it's okay. I also have one chapter of around 20000 words. Waiting to see what my supervisor says.

Thread: paper help!

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12-Mar-15, 18:40
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I can send it to you if you let me have your email address.

Thread: In a complicated affair with supervisor

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10-Mar-15, 19:51
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I changed supervisors with two years to go on what has turned out to be a 7-year part-time PhD. I think I was very lucky that the new supervisor was willing to take me on and has turned out to be a thousand times easier to work with than the old one. I went to talk in confidence to the person responsible for PhD students in crisis at my institution. She suggested some potential supervisors and made sure that the new sup and I were both happy with the arrangement before she told the old one I was changing. It might be worth exploring the possibilities - it may be easier to change than you think and probably easier to give your full attention to your PhD if you're not distracted by all those emotions.

Thread: Linguistics Proposal Questions - My First Time Applying for a PhD

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06-Mar-15, 09:02
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Hi Breanna,

If your research involves people then you need to say how you will ensure confidentiality (using pseudonyms, not including identifying details, storing data securely etc), how you protect them from harm (if your methods pose any risk to participants) and minimise any negative impacts on them. For example , in my ethics section I said it was possible that my interview questions might make participants anxious about things they hadn't even thought about before, and my informed consent form includes info about who participants can contact if they do want to discuss any issues arising from the interview. Also, informed consent - you will ensure they understand what the project is about, what their role is, and that they have the right to withdraw at any time without any negative consequences.

Thread: Linguistics Proposal Questions - My First Time Applying for a PhD

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05-Mar-15, 21:53
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Hi,

I will try to answer your questions:

1. You absolutely don't need a findings or discussion section. You need a literature review which demonstrates your knowledge of the topic, and shows that there is a gap in knowledge, or an area which needs more research or a problem that needs to be solved. Then you need to show how you will contribute to filling the gap or solving the problem by stating the aim of your study and how you will carry it out (methods). It's probably a good idea to include things like ethical considerations. A lot will probably change before you actually start collecting data so you just need to demonstrate your ability to design an interesting and feasible study.

2. I'm afraid I have no idea about the length - it's a long time since I wrote my proposal - but 8 - 10 pages sounds reasonable. Or master's students at my institution have to write around 3,500 words for their dissertation proposal so maybe it should be a bit more than that since it's for a PhD.

3. Yes, you need to include references.

4. I think you should put your current institution.

Hope that helps.

Thread: Checking 'disability' on PhD application- Help ASAP!

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03-Mar-15, 16:47
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Quote From TomS:
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It was also useful to note 'a tendency to set fires' does not class you as disabled...


Ha ha that's really funny. Good to know employers aren't obliged to interview any pyromaniacs that apply for a job or PhD!

Good luck with your application!
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