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Letter of Recommendations
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No, I don't think so. They know it is from him since he has emailed it. As far as I recall neither of my references were signed. I don't think it will do any harm as long as it was not a specific requirement. If you feel really bad then just contact the admin team and check. And if they say a signature is needed, go back to your referee and request one.
Good luck.

Am getting very very frustrated with my supervisor
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Good point - and the reviewers comments will be helpful at any rate

Am getting very very frustrated with my supervisor
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Do you have an advisor? (at my institute we have both supervisors and an advisor)

Can i use students in my pilot test?
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If it is psychology then yes (as long as they meet the criteria)! Easier to recruit students than "normal" people. You should maybe ask your supervisor.


I'm in Psychology and my feeling is that way too many people use the 'recruiting students is easier' approach and end up with results that can't be generalised. Recruitment's undoubtedly one of the major headaches of doing research, but I do think it is worth putting a lot of thought into the demographics you need to really answer the research questions.


Yes, but as the question was can she/he recruit students (from a pragmatic point of view for his pilot) I think the answer would be yes in normal circumstances - at least in psychology and if appropriate for the research question. You see it done in top quality journals. Generalisability is an issue though, I agree.

Can i use students in my pilot test?
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If it is psychology then yes (as long as they meet the criteria)! Easier to recruit students than "normal" people. You should maybe ask your supervisor.

Supervisor and project ideas - what kinds of discussion do people have?
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It is going better now. My supervisor isn't the most approachable person - that was the problem. Talking with academics had never been a problem, until I encountered my sup (and decided to do my PHD under their supervision, lol!) But it is fine now. I just ignore the vibes and get on with it. Preparing more so I felt more confident helped. Thanks for the advice. :-) :-)

Difference between a Choose-Your-Own-Topic PhD and a pre-set, pre-funded PhD?
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Just to add to others... My PhD was pre-planned and we've just changed it. It was also connected to a larger project (whole set of related projects). As long as the titles stays the same it should be OK, or so I've heard.

Am getting very very frustrated with my supervisor
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Some ideas...
Can you present her with concrete problems you are having and ask for concrete support (you identify what support)? Or concrete reasons as to why it is "impossible" and what you suggest instead (a mid tier journal). I suggest that you pretend to have respect/confidence in her... otherwise she may sense it and be even more unhelpful...

PhD or Job
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You say the job "feels right". And good prospects not as likely/easily attainable if you take the PhD route. It sounds like both your logic and instinct are saying take the job. In my humble opinion, only if you absolutely beyond anything want to do the PhD should you do it.

Supervisor and project ideas - what kinds of discussion do people have?
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Thanks. I am gonna try this! Will let you know how it goes!

Supervisor and project ideas - what kinds of discussion do people have?
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Another question... I'm a new PhD student. Unfortunately, I don't seem to have a great communication going with my supervisor. Is it normal not to be talking about your research ideas, what you've read etc, with the supervisor? It doesn't seem so to me... seems a wasted opportunity. My supervisor doesn't seem to invite it. It is a bit like sitting with a brick wall or very unapproachable person! Maybe I am just not being forthcoming enough. What are other people's experiences?

Proposal to PhD / ownership
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Hello everyone
I am new here. I am in the initial stages of my PhD. The broad area is psychology. I wanted to ask people who are a bit (or a lot) further along than I am how their PhD developed from their initial proposal. How much did the plan of studies and details change once you had read further into your research area? Also if anyone has any tips about getting the ownership of their project then that would be very much appreciated also.