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It's best to start with the rest of the cohort really, so you can work to the same deadlines as everyone else and get the same training etc. Start at the start of next academic year. You can start PhDs at any point though, that's why he's asking. You'll probably get thrown in the deep end and it's sink or swim. Best of luck.
That's good to know :) Don't chase the examiners yourself, you're not supposed to do that, ask the research office or someone to do it for you. 3 months is a long time to be waiting. Although I guess if that's normal for your uni they won't want to chase them.
You are probably expecting too much from your supervisor. They are there to give you with the big directions, not necessarily give you day to day training in the lab. You can find most things you need from speaking to others in the lab and department and from googling. A PhD is meant to be independent research. This is not undergrad.
Can you seek counselling from somewhere? Get some treatment for depression? It sounds like you really need to complete this PhD. It's probably not as bad as it seems, you can still recover from this. Try to ask some other people in your cohort if they can help you pass the class maybe?
Hi, yes I know this feeling. It's been the same for me to be honest. All of my close friends are now married with kids and at a very different stage in their lives to me (I'm in a teaching focused academic position). I don't know what the answer is. I work more and see my friends less. I don't really mind though because I don't particularly want to sit around and talk about babies all day anyway. You may find it changes for you once you finish your PhD.
This is generally up to your supervisors. I imagine it totally varies, some are in every day 9-5 and others only pop in. You will benefit from being around peers though, rather than trying to work in isolation.
If you are doing a fulltime PhD, I wouldn't consider working, because it's really difficult to sustain both. If you're funded, you might find a stipulation with how many hours you can work e.g. only 6 hours per week during work hours on non-research focused work in the department.
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