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Thread: Advice on getting a PhD from the same university

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11-Dec-18, 08:36
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To be honest, if I were in your position funding would be my first priority, and I would take steps to counter any drawbacks associated with whatever is the best option from a funding perspective. This may not be the best advice if you think only of the academics, but postgraduate study is very hard, and you'd want to eliminate as many other burdens as possible.

With the bit of money inherent in the choice to stay where you are, you'd perhaps be able to afford conference attendances and more that will open your mind to thinking beyond your own institution. With no money and your Significant Other troubled with the move, the benefits of studying elsewhere may be diminished.

Thread: Transfer to another university in Ireland

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11-Dec-18, 08:25
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Hi, rewt, and thanks for the reply.

That's great to hear, very encouraging and reassuring.

I still hope to hear from someone who may have knowledge of the administrative side of an Irish university/college considering a request for admission from a student who is already some months into a project, in other words advanced entry but at postgraduate level and for a research, not a taught programme. My work to date has already been evaluated by staff in this institution considering whether to put themselves forward as supervisors, and it's been judged by them to be adequate to build on, I will not have to start over from scratch.

Failing that, has anyone else on this forum perhaps gone through the process of moving their project from one institution to another a year or more after starting, with significant work already done, in any other European country? My current university/college is in an EU country.

Thread: Transfer to another university in Ireland

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08-Dec-18, 11:21
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Does anyone on this forum have experience of moving their project from one university/college to another, especially in Ireland? I'd love to hear from you if you've done that, what it was like, and any advice on little things to pay attention to, in order to make the process as smooth as possible. I'm about 15 months into an envisioned PhD, though I have not yet transferred to PhD-track and am still on paper a Master's student.

This is an amicable move, unrelated to supervisor blues I posted about a few months ago (I'm starting to think there's hardly anyone who never faces difficulty with supervisors at some or another point!). The project has just grown to something that will be better served by resources that are not available where I am now.

People are already on board for a supervisory team at the place I want to move to. It's a solid commitment backed by previous good working relationships, so not strangers I don't know from Adam. Relevant role players at my current institution are aware, and while there is one key person who may well deliberately drag their feet, the wheels are turning to get the needed documentation.

Thread: Supervisor Blues

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08-Dec-18, 10:58
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Quote From Pursue:
Do you have a support group where you can share your work for comments.
Sometimes you can turn a dead end into a glorious moment, by proving you can do it.
Find people in your field, share, discuss your work, edit and re-edit until very convincing,
Incase you don't hear from your supervisor but have done a good job you will present good work and get more comments at the conference,

Best wishes!


Hi, Pursue, for some reason I missed your reply though I've lurked a few times since posting. My apologies!

This ended well and not well. No, I have no support group, but I found community through conference attendance in the past few months. I worked my tail off and indeed presented well, though looking back even from what I've learned over the past few months I made some stupid mistakes. It's all part of the learning process though, so one day at a time.

Thanks again for your reply.

Thread: A Story For Anyone Who Has Had The External From Hell

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08-Dec-18, 10:48
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Do we have any kind of upvote system in here? Kudos to the poster for this positive and encouraging post. :)

Thread: Supervisor Blues

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01-Sep-18, 10:48
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I'm at the end of year 1 of a research MA in a Media Studies area. Progress to date led to a significant crossover into social psychology.

My chosen supervisor was excellent, but there was a lack of suitably qualified candidates for second. I approached someone I didn't know on recommendation from other students. My principal changed jobs early on so the roles swapped. In the first half of this year some serious stuff happened on the personal front for my former principal, now external second, who was consequently unavailable a few months.

Meetings with the new principal were few and far between, he was a no-show for two he himself arranged. He approved without question a flawed application related to the "mechanics" of research and only luck saved me from submitting a disaster. Along with other alarming observations, this shattered my confidence in his competence.

I have a major conference presentation next week. It's based on research completed since our last meeting, therefore beyond the abstract, not revised by anyone but me. Emails letting him know of this and two other acceptances, another asking for a look at my presentation before I give it got no response. Thank god my second emerged from the crises, responded and revised (no communication between them, so not arranged, just my second being competent).

Is it normal for supervisors to be wholly unreachable from early June to early September? I've been told I'm intimidating when I'm annoyed (mature student so same age as lecturers), which I was at our last meeting - it followed one he didn't show up for, and I'd reached a point of seeing him as incompetent. I genuinely tried hiding my feelings, but he might have picked up on my disgust and just not be inclined to respond to me.

What do I do? I could argue spillover into sociology and social psychology necessitates a supervisor with knowledge of that field, rather than media. Staff at my small institution are like family, though, requesting a change could cause me problems.
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