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Thread: Brain Cancer

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10-Apr-19, 14:59
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posted about 1 week ago
New poster with weird link to cannabis site.

I will try and be nice....
A doctor has told you there may be a genetic link with brain cancer- probably is, but nothing you can do about it.
You have headaches- if concerned, see a health professional.
Your friend is an idiot.
Cannabis does not cure or prevent cancer!

Thread: ORCID

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13-Mar-19, 09:50
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posted about 1 month ago
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Is there any point in signing up for ORCID? I see the point of it it being an independent way to document all your publications, jobs and grants etc. But is it worth a PhD student signing up for it or are there any disadvantages to having one?


No disadvantage. No one looks at it, so no real value in keeping it updated.

Value is that some journals/ funders require you to have an ORCID ID.

Thread: SPSS data entry help!! Short description below...

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01-Mar-19, 21:12
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posted about 1 month ago
What is the question??

Thread: Supervisor publishing my data?

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28-Feb-19, 08:28
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posted about 2 months ago
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[quote]. I think I've got to remember that this information is for my PhD, and not for them to justify a policy position with. If they want to use it in a way that won't compromise my PhD then that's fine for the points you raised, but otherwise they will have a different source to defend their policies :)



Errrr... no!!
Did you say to survey respondents that data is purely for your personal benefit and to earn you a qualification?
The point of research is not to get you "a paper."

It sounds like your supervisor wants to use the data to help answer a question that will inform policy. This is a good use of data.
It sounds like you would prefer policy was based on political beliefs, rather than research.


Yeah you missed the bit where I said I was planning on publishing... my supervisor wants to use it as his personal policy direction has come under scrutiny and wants to defend it using some of my work; when in actuality my position is probably more nuanced than his...


But... you said the survey was done last year.

Just publish now- why the delay?

Thread: Supervisor publishing my data?

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27-Feb-19, 18:00
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posted about 2 months ago
Quote From nanbob:
[quote]. I think I've got to remember that this information is for my PhD, and not for them to justify a policy position with. If they want to use it in a way that won't compromise my PhD then that's fine for the points you raised, but otherwise they will have a different source to defend their policies :)



Errrr... no!!
Did you say to survey respondents that data is purely for your personal benefit and to earn you a qualification?
The point of research is not to get you "a paper."

It sounds like your supervisor wants to use the data to help answer a question that will inform policy. This is a good use of data.
It sounds like you would prefer policy was based on political beliefs, rather than research.

Thread: Pregnancy during PhD: dealing with chemicals and advisor

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09-Feb-19, 09:54
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posted about 2 months ago
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There will be risks to your baby if you continue working in a lab-based environment.


There MAY be measurable risks!


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i It is definitely illegal to make someone work in conditions that would adversely affect their health.



It is illegal to make anyone work in any conditions- that is slavery!!



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but in the case you had no rights (which you do) and you could be forced to work in an environment that would adversely affect your child's health... would you still do it????

Like I honestly don't what your asking here? should I continue to work in environment that has the potential to harm my unborn child? not a difficult question to answer.


This hyperbole is unhelpful- everything job has potential risks, and individuals need to weigh up risks (once they have been reduced as far as possible) for themselves based on their individual values and circumstances. The employer/ university has a role in this as well. For example, an individual who had had recurrent miscarriages may view any risk as unacceptable (even if viewed as reasonable by others).


The sensible (and measured advice) advice is:

You need to ask for the Health and safety risk assessment. You need to flag your pregnancy health and safety adviser and seek advice.

No work place is without risk and there will always be unknown risks- key thing is about recognising known risks, and controlling them.

I doubt the supervisor is recklessly endangering the OP!

I doubt the OP is the first person in the lab to get pregnant- a risk assessment may have been done last time which identified that use of chemicals under a hood was acceptable.

Thread: ETHICS HELP! Urgent

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09-Feb-19, 09:35
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posted about 2 months ago
1) Phone committee and ask

2) Sounds long, but might be reasonable if extremely complex/ significant ethical issues.

Thread: Presentations - obligations?

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26-Jan-19, 20:35
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posted about 3 months ago
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Hi,

My PhD involved conducting a piece of research that was part funded by a local council; as part of that I've published my first 'first author' paper in an international peer reviewed journal, presented the work internationally, nationally and locally and done a load of poster presentations and written up a report for local organisations to share.

One of my supervisors who is based at the council organisation sort of signed me up to speak at a conference without asking me about it first/letting me know any details. She's not been very 'present' within the PhD (I basically get the idea that she's there to have her name on something - she doesn't come to any meetings and didn't even proof read my final manuscript). I've been struggling with my mental health recently, having a recent bereavement and coming towards the end of my PhD funding and the stresses that involves. I think it will take a lot of time to prepare for the presentation and most of the audience will be aware of the work already, it's getting published and I just don't feel like I could cope with the anxiety of presenting at the moment so it's not something I want to do right now. I emailed my supervisor to say I wouldn't be able to attend but I'm more than happy if she (who is also presenting) wanted some of my slides and she can include it in her talk. She sent me a pretty arsey email after that and copied in my other two supervisors (one of them agreed I shouldn't present; the other more senior supervisor wasn't aware of it)...

Was I out of line in cancelling? I know they part funded the work but I feel I've done quite a lot of research dissemination already to make it worthwhile!


Hmmmm... you need to take your relationship with your supervisor out of this!

Essentially- you have been asked by a research funder to present your findings to them.
I accept the timing may not be perfect- but, if it were me, I would do it unless I actually couldn't do that date.

From a self-interest angle, they have funded previous research, perhaps they will fund your next project.

Thread: Terminally ill parent during PhD

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07-Jan-19, 12:03
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posted about 3 months ago
In part, I think this depends on your relationship with your family and the condition of your mum?

If you take a temporary withdrawal, what will you do?

If my mother didn't need much care at the moment, I would tempted to carry on at present, but work quite flexibly so I could take regular trips to see her- e.g. long weekends Friday to Monday. There will be many other people wanting to spend time with her so need to be careful about over-burdening her. It is the quality, not quantity, of time that matters.

Depending on your funding, your relationship with your university may be akin to an employer-employee in which case you need to understand the relevant HR policies re: unpaid leave etc.

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

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28-Dec-18, 10:16
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posted about 4 months ago
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Hi there! I graduate now, and looking for some proofreading career. Can you advice me on how can i work as a proofreader on the internet?


I'm not sure proofreading is the right career for you.

Thread: Disagreement with supervisor about a journal paper

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30-Oct-18, 18:21
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posted about 6 months ago
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You are right, I should start the paper now. I think most of the interesting results will be ready by the time I finish writing the first draft of my current stuff (I am a slow writer). I will include them if they are ready but will submit anyway. Though I am going to make clear that I am doing the extra work anyway, even if just for my appendix.

My supervisor wants to go for a relatively good journal that readily accepts this work but is notoriously slow. So I can just include the later data in the revisions. I just feel a bit uncomfortable submitting something I know is not my best work and has clear flaws, just to speed up the process. Unfortunately that is academia, got to make compromises somewhere.

Thanks for the advice, sometimes I get stuck in my won thought chamber.


Throughout your career, there will always be unanswered research questions- you just need to find the point at which you publish.

By flagging research gaps in your paper, you can set the scene for your next paper.

Thread: Messed up masters big time - options?

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30-Oct-18, 18:07
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posted about 6 months ago

I am genuinely surprised that your first thought is to look to defend the OP rather than their fellow students who didn't cheat. Is there a reason for that?


Where did I defend them?

In my university role, I regularly investigate accusations of plagiarism. My comments were based on that experience.

Thread: Messed up masters big time - options?

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30-Oct-18, 14:55
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posted about 6 months ago
There is a lot of unpleasantness on this thread- the OP has asked for general advice. They have been quite upfront about the fact that they made an error.

There is a huge difference between poor academic practice and a deliberate intent to cheat (e.g. buying essays on the internet). I do not know where this lies, but the fact that the OP remains in the programme suggests it wasn't a deliberate intent to cheat. As for the fraud issue, no such accusation seems to have been made against the OP.

There is also a huge difference in the way that depression affects people- some people live with it relatively well, some commit suicide, others do stupid things. It is ridiculous to say that just because depression didn't affect me in x way, then it would not have that effect in anyone.
If this is an allowable point in mitigation then it is right that the OP refers to it.

At the university where I work, the most common decisions are a reduction in marks or a requirement to re-submit for a capped mark. I am confused by how a score of 0 can be given without an opportunity to re-submit as if they don't meet the requirements for the module, they will not attain enough points for the award.

Thread: How do people end up disseminating results on radio, in newspapers, etc?

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23-Oct-18, 08:16
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posted about 6 months ago
Universities will typically have press offices who co-ordinate this type of thing.

If your research is 'sexy' enough they will do a press release which may or may not create media interest. At other time, journal publications or conference presentations will create interest.
Other times, stuff goes 'viral ' on social media (e.g. CERN guy with comments on women).

I would write something generic about your three audiences: public, policy makers, other researchers.
You could say that will liaise with press office.

Thread: Writing a grant - how it works

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07-Oct-18, 07:19
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posted about 6 months ago
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Hi postdocs

I have some questions about writing grants - more the application side of things than the actual writing. Do you need to be affiliated with a university / institution? I am just wondering how this sort of thing happens in reality. Might it be that you are working as a postdoc and at the same time putting together a fellowship application to do a postdoc at the same or another university? Do you need to have named supervisors on it etc, a bit like with a PhD application? Or can you apply for a fellowship AT a university - so you don't necessarily need to have that stuff sorted already (a bit like if you were applying for a PhD scholarship at a university with your own idea for the project but not much more than that?)

Hopefully my questions make some sort of sense.

Thanks
Tudor


A post-doctoral fellowship is iprimarily intended to fund a researcher's development. As part of this, it will usually fund a programme of research.

A key part of the funder's review is ensuring that the host university and mentorship arrangements are sufficient to support this development.
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