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Thread: Studying PhD in the UK as a EU student?

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13-Jul-18, 12:08
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There isn't much to add to the (very helpful) replies here already, but one thing that may be encouraging is that the UK has recently extended fee and funding guarantees to EU students starting a degree (including a PhD) in 2019-20.

What this means, in a nutshell, is that access to domestic fees and public funding (including loans, RC studentships, etc) won't change during a student's course, regardless of Brexit.

I can also confirm that Chaotic1328 is completely correct: the new doctoral loan only affects eligibility for other public funding (RCUK, NHS, etc). It won't stop you applying for funding that's provided directly by your university, or awards from other organisations (charities, trusts, etc).

We've recently updated our PhD loan guide and FAQ (if that's useful):

https://www.findaphd.com/funding/guides/uk-phd-loans-scheme.aspx

Thread: PhD Government Loan

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21-Jun-18, 16:55
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Hi folks,

Just to double confirm (from a funding geek) that you're still eligible for the doctoral loan if you have funding from a source that isn't derived directly from public funds (main examples being full or partial Research Council awards or NHS funding). Charitable grants, university scholarships, etc, all fine.

Details in our guide (which is currently being updated) and more info / advice to follow on the FindAPhD blog over the next few weeks.

https://www.findaphd.com/funding/guides/uk-phd-loans-scheme.aspx



Cheers

Mark

Thread: PhD loans - what do you all think?

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17-May-18, 16:08
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Apologies - missed your reply here. Yep, that's the limit. As with the Masters loans, the intention is for the money to make a 'contribution' to a student's costs. Remains to be seen how useful that ends up being. . .

Thread: PhD loans - what do you all think?

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11-May-18, 14:38
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Not to worry - we are mainly interested in what prospective student think, yep. I'd still be happy to hear other people's thoughts here on the forum though. It's all useful.

Thread: PhD loans - what do you all think?

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11-May-18, 14:36
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Thread: PhD loans - what do you all think?

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11-May-18, 14:23
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Hi folks,

You're *probably* aware of the UK's new PhD loans - £25k per student, no additional public funding, etc. We're carrying out a little research into the new funding over at FindAPhD and would appreciate it if any prospective students here had time to complete a quick survey. It shouldn't take more than 10 minutes and there's a chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher as a thank you.
I'll be speaking about the results at a policy forum later this year (with several fairly important student finance people in attendance) so this is a chance for your views to be heard (in a manner of speaking).

Cheers!

Mark

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Thread: 10 truths a PhD supervisor will never tell you

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17-Apr-18, 14:09
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posted about 3 months ago
You could always consider sharing some of your own on the FindAPhD Blog


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Thread: Blog for FindAMasters & FindAPhD!

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Cheers to those who've been in touch so far. Just to confirm that there's no deadline for this. I'm happy to hear from any interested bloggers now, or later in the year. Also fine to get in touch now to discuss blogging further down the line - we know postgrads are fairly busy people!

Thanks,

Mark

Thread: Blog for FindAMasters & FindAPhD!

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01-Mar-17, 09:46
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Hi all,

You may have seen that we publish advice and information blogs for prospective postgraduates over at FindAMasters and FindAPhD. They've been pretty successful so far, but we're always looking to make them better.

One way to do that, I think, would be to encourage more guest bloggers to share their specific ideas, experiences and expertise.

And that's why I'm reaching out to the community here.

If any of you would like to get involved, I'd love to hear from you. Topics don't have to earth-shatteringly profound or seek to redefine the concept of postgraduate study. Nor do they have to be incredibly long (we tend to feature posts of around 700-1,500 words).

Getting involved means the chance to help other students, first and foremost. As you do that you'll also be writing for a professional website with a substantial audience. That probably won't hurt your CV.

You can see the sort of material we currently publish over on FindAMasters (https://www.findamasters.com/advice/blog/) and FindAPhD:(https://www.findaphd.com/advice/blog/).


If you're interested in contributing, let me know. You can get in touch via email (mbennett @ findauniversity.com) or send me a direct message on the forum.

Have a good one!

Mark

Thread: Switching Universities During PhD

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28-Oct-16, 14:51
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Hi Moosie

I moved institutions during my PhD for exactly the same reason - essentially followed my supervisor. It wasn't a particularly complicated process, but the new university did need to agree the transfer and formally recognise the work I'd done so far / progress I'd made. My supervisor was able to sort most of this and 'vouch for me'.

There may be some restrictions based on how far along you are, what kind of programme you're joining etc, but if your supervisor is confident a transfer is an option, it probably is.

Thread: Last on to post on this thread wins

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21-Oct-16, 13:45
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Ahem.

Thread: Anyone up for a first years support thread

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29-Sep-16, 11:17
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Sounds like a great idea for a thread - good shout.

We've published a little bit of advice for new students recently back on the FindAPhD blog.

https://www.findaphd.com/advice/blog/

With my 'Editor Hat' on I'd be very happy to chat to anyone who's interested in sharing their initial PhD experiences as a guest poster - now, or in future.

Cheers

Mark

Thread: PLS DOES BREXIT AFFECT M RESEARCH?

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24-Jun-16, 12:25
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Hi Onyx

I wouldn't worry - 'Brexit' won't actually happen until at least October 2018 - and that's assuming the decision is formally made by the new Prime Minister immediately after the Conservative Party conference *and* that the process only takes the standard two year period allowed by the European Council (this can be extended).

As for your research, it sounds to me like your topic is still valid. You're looking at the results of interactions between different legal systems - even if those results change in future, you've still examined an important process. It's possible that your work may actually become more relevant or topical.

Thread: Postgrads & the EU Referendum

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15-Jun-16, 15:54
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Of course it is - welcome, even.

And yes, it's difficult to predict the future and we should be wary of over-simplifying any of this.

That said, so long as the UK is an EU member the 'dynamism' of its politics are limited with respect to discrimination within fee and funding arrangements.

Postgraduate fees aren't directly regulated by government and universities are free to raise them. What they can't do is charge an EU student any more than a UK student - and there's nothing the government can do about that.

The situation with loans is similar. No future UK government can remove EU students' entitlement to public student funding whilst the UK is still a member. It can alter the postgraduate loans scheme itself, of course, but it can't discriminate within it.

By the same token, EU countries could introduce or raise fees, but they wouldn't be able to charge extra to UK students except in certain circumstances (the Czech Republic, for example, does charge - but only for courses that aren't in Czech).

Thread: Postgrads & the EU Referendum

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Thanks - it is in theory and should be in practice. I can't personally see a scenario in which the UK ceases to participate - that wouldn't make sense from anyone's pov.
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