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Thread: all my mistake or a shared responsibility?

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18-Oct-17, 08:56
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Yeah it all seems a bit odd to me too. If you've got a good reason for not doing something, then surely you should be given a chance to explain and not just failed for it? I've never heard of that happening before.

Like pm133 said, a mistake like you are describing is not what I have seen people fail for.

p.s. What are you saying about supervisors not wanting to be direct because you should be thinking for yourself, is less likely to be intentional and more likely to be due to their inability to give proper direction or advice. You need to ask them to be more specific, challenge what they say, ask more open questions, ask direct questions and keep pushing til you get an acceptable response.

Thread: Five Year Research Plans

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18-Oct-17, 08:50
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I interpret this to mean a FUTURE research plan, not a plan of past achievements ie papers you can publish from previous research. I would include things like what I was going to research, techniques to use, potential collaborators, grants to apply for and then possible papers that may come out of it.

Thread: What to do after a successful appeal?

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18-Oct-17, 08:47
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Hi BeHappy

Well done!

I am in very bad situation. I did my r-viva for two weeks ago.They offer me MPhil after finishing my amendments for three months.
I plan to submit an appeal but I would like to get some advice from you please.

Dody


Try sending them a private message Dody; top right hand of the page.

Thread: PhD Thesis / Paper Results Conflict

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16-Oct-17, 07:50
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Hi mkb91,

Yes, this is a pretty unusual situation. I guess it does happen a lot, but usually on a much smaller scale e.g. I had a few results in my thesis that I realized were wrong as I was finishing up the thesis, but it would have been quite a lot of work to change them and didn't affect the overall outcome of the results. I just omitted these from the paper that came later. I discussed this with my supervisor and he said this was the easiest thing to do.

In your case, the paper came first. What does your supervisor think?

I think leave the thesis as it is and explain what has happened in the viva, then add a paragraph addendum of explanation and the paper at the end of the thesis with the actual result. You've already submitted the thesis in good faith, so I don't see how you can change it now. I don't think the examiners will ask you to either - it was correct to the best of your knowledge at the time of submission.

Thread: Partner in prison: what to tell academic colleagues and friends?

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13-Oct-17, 08:28
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I would make something up. There's no kind of work relationship that requires this much honesty.

Thread: Post doc life

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12-Oct-17, 14:56
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I'm not in your position now, but I've been there. I found a postdoc whilst writing up but I didn't like it and it took me about 6 months to find another job. I'm now in a teaching role, rather than research, at a university.

It was difficult looking for the second job, if that's what you mean. I was working full time, writing up my PhD papers and looking for a new job. Luckily I was in a town far from home with few friends so didn't have much else to do anyway. I missed my PhD research and was pretty sick of working all day every day by the end of it. I took a low paid job to get me back home, then I somehow landed on my feet with my current role.

Thread: Struck with a severe case of 'imposter syndrome'...

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12-Oct-17, 14:51
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Can anyone on here offer any insight if they've been there before?

Thread: PhD with a 2.1 and work experience

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12-Oct-17, 14:49
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You can apply for a funded PhD with a 2.1. Apply for directly funded ones rather than DTPs to increase your chances as DTPs are more competitive I believe.

Thread: Apply for a new program after supervisor's resignation

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12-Oct-17, 14:48
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That will be fine, people will understand given the situation

Thread: Successful appeal against re-viva outcome?

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12-Oct-17, 14:47
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There are some posts on here about this, but you will have to search for them I'm afraid. I doubt the people are still around to be reading this board now.

Thread: Chances for PhD position after the interview

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12-Oct-17, 14:46
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This is rare but does happen ie if the first student gets a PhD elsewhere and declines the offer.

Thread: Balancing Teaching with Research

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12-Oct-17, 14:00
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Are you 5 hours all on the same day? Exhausting but easier that way in my experience!


Yes, I also try to group thinks together as much as I can

Thread: Worried about my MRes' weak conclusion

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11-Oct-17, 07:22
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I would say a weak conclusion would lose you 3-5% at most, so I wouldn't worry.

Thread: Balancing Teaching with Research

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09-Oct-17, 16:33
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Yep pretty much. I reckon it takes me 6 hours prep for one lecture if I'm updating something that's already there e.g. checking the information, adding to it, seeing if I understand it myself etc the first time I teach it.. If writing a lecture from scratch then it takes longer (not sure how long yet... I will find out in a few months). Teaching again the following year probably takes a couple of hours prep per lecture.

It's not so bad for me, since my contract is teaching focused so research is optional.

To put your teaching load in perspective, I teach about 120 hours (crude calculation) of lectures/seminars/practicals a year, which works out about the same as you I think? Of course on top of that, there's marking, meetings, preparation and supervision of undergraduate research projects and many many other things, which basically gives me a month or two of research time per year i.e. in the summer when there's no students.

So yeah, 5 hours doesn't sound much, but when you're doing it for the first time, it's a lot.

Thread: Postdoc jobs in Europe

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09-Oct-17, 16:22
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Thanks Bewildered, I'll check it out. It's the Netherlands I'm specifically looking at and potentially surrounding countries.
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