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Thread: Freelance scientist

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14-Dec-17, 10:55
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posted about 4 days ago
Quote From emmawood:
Scientists are traditionally known to belong to laboratories and research centers. Their lives revolve around research, experiments, reports, and lots of complicated stuff. It is quite demanding being a scientist of any kind, but one misconception that has to be quashed is that the job requires the scientist’s physical presence.

Science-based professionals are no longer confined to laboratories. You can earn a lot by working as a freelance scientist.


How do you do lab work without being physically present? Is there some new scientific discovery I'm not aware of?

Thread: Mendeley Harvard and APA query

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13-Dec-17, 10:20
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posted about 5 days ago
I found that Mendeley added most (up to five?) authors upon first citation, and then after that I modified it manually to say et al. I'm not sure if there's a way to make it do this automatically, but amending it manually was quick so it wasn't an issue for me. These changes remained, unless changes to the bibliography itself which got deleted every time Mendeley refreshed.

Thread: How to approach a potential PhD supervisor

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12-Dec-17, 09:32
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posted about 6 days ago
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So one other option could be to start the PhD self-funded, part-time and apply for funding for year two, early when the applications open. Self-funded is around two thousand pounds a year for part-time and I could work on the PhD nearly fulltime hours. With the PhD loan, savings and apply to charities for funding.


Don't do this, it's almost impossible to get proper funding once you've started a PhD. You need to apply through the conventional routes, even if it means delaying it for a while.

Thread: PhD funding

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12-Dec-17, 09:30
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I doubt there's a country in Europe where every single student receives a stipend. In the UK, EU people apply for PhDs that come with a stipend and if they are successful at interview, then they get the PhD and are awarded the stipend. Most non-EU students are self-funded or are paid by their employer or government, so they do not get stipends. Other students without stipends will pay from their savings or via loans, which is not recommended.

Thread: Thinking of starting a PhD in Education (aged 49)

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11-Dec-17, 14:37
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I’m also bearing in mind that anything I do would partly be achievable during the day job.


I'm not sure it would. You would have a cohort of ready made participants for study for sure, but a PhD is a lot more than that. It's about becoming an expert in your subject, which requires endless reading and critical analysis. You will have annual reports to write, plus be expected to attend training programs run by the university and conferences. Just make sure you know fully what you are letting yourself in for if you do decide to go for it.

Thread: Thinking of starting a PhD in Education (aged 49)

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11-Dec-17, 14:11
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Can you cope with working 15 - 20 a week every week for 6-8 years on top of your day job? That seems a lot of pressure to me.

As for job prospects afterwards, the academic job market is dire, but with your experience I don't think it would be a problem, especially if it's not academia you're aiming for. I'm not sure what help a PhD would be though.

Anyone on here with a research background in Education know any more?

Thread: What challenges do you think an applicant might face in making a PhD application?

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11-Dec-17, 14:03
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posted about 6 days ago
Professional services is what they called administration staff in universities these days, don't cha know!

Thread: Minor corrections awarded, slightly confused by report & list

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11-Dec-17, 14:02
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I think in general you only have to do what's on the list of corrections. If they told me to correct things in the viva, but didn't put on them on the corrections list, I didn't do them.

Thread: Can I use a book's source as my own source?

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11-Dec-17, 14:00
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I'm not sure what you mean. If you're asking if you can quote something from Source B you read in Source A, you can, but you should only cite Source B if you have read Source B. Otherwise, you should cite Source A. This is because Source A could be wrong and you won't know unless you have actually read Source B yourself.

Thread: Peace of mind

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08-Dec-17, 11:02
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Welcome to the real world.

I don't know what to tell you. This crap happens everywhere. Just don't join in.

Thread: My department purposefully delayed my viva and being so unprofessional. Should I report this?

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06-Dec-17, 20:23
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Maybe this person just made a mistake?

Honestly, I would just leave it. I know this sounds like a big deal to you because it's your viva, but in the grand scheme of things, this isn't a massive issue for the person involved. The Dean will ignore you or best case scenario, apologise. If anything is said to the person who made this error, it will be simply, be more careful next time, and to the person's manager, make sure you have checks in place so this doesn't happen again. It's really not worth your time.

Thread: What challenges do you think an applicant might face in making a PhD application?

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01-Dec-17, 17:50
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posted about 2 weeks ago
Think you need to be bit more specific. They might not know how to write a personal statement, or cover letter, or proposal, or CV, or they might not know where to find a PhD supervisor, or funding, or many other things.

Thread: Master Thesis Help

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01-Dec-17, 17:49
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posted about 2 weeks ago
Any idea anyone? Not my field.

Thread: Is a PhD possible with Undergraduate Distinction and an upper 2:2 for Masters?

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01-Dec-17, 17:48
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I know there's the MPhil-upgrade route for PhDs, but looking at the social sciences, they all seem to want a Master's as part of the entry requirements. Indeed, some AHRC and ESRC scholarships are for 4 year (1+3), intended for undergrads to complete a Master's and PhD. Whatever happened to the MPhil route?


I don't know about social sciences specifically, since I'm in Biology, but yes, it's going that way in Biology for the DTPs as well. So, the first year is technically a masters. I think this is just so you can leave after the first year and get something though, I don't think you are actually awarded a masters if you complete the PhD. Correct me if I'm wrong on that.

For Biology, requirements are just a 2.1, but higher than this or masters or work experience will give you the edge over other students.

Thread: Is a PhD possible with Undergraduate Distinction and an upper 2:2 for Masters?

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01-Dec-17, 09:40
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Sorry I just got your message. That is correct I got a first in my bachelor's degree. I've been asking some of my friends who I went to Uni with and they mentioned that I can go straight from undergraduate to PhD, which was complete news to me. Is this accurate information?


Yep, you don't need a masters to do a PhD. It does help to make you more competitive though. My supervisors subsequently told me that was one of the reasons they offered me the PhD over others.
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