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Thread: Tick this box if we can contact your referees before the interview...

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09-Mar-20, 08:24
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Does anyone have any insight as to how much it matters whether or not I tick this box? I would prefer for references to be got after any interviews rather than before (once they know they want to hire me). Would it be a hindrance / potentially affect my chances if I don't tick this box?

Thanks!

Thread: Pass with "distinction"

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08-Mar-20, 15:19
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No one really cares what at kind of pass you get for a PhD. It's about getting the PhD. (:

Thread: Publishing things you don´t want because of your advisor

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08-Mar-20, 11:50
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Is it just really frustrating because it isn't your way of seeing it completely - or is it something you profoundly / fundamentally disagree with and do not want your name to (e.g., do you think it is a false conclusion is being drawn / inferences will be drawn and implications made that you disagree with?). To me, there is a difference. If it's the former, then perhaps you might as well just get on with it if there is no easy way out - these things happen and when you aren't the senior person sometimes you have to just go with the flow. More freedom will come later.

Thread: Shortlisted for an interview

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23-Feb-20, 10:07
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Hello! Congrats on interview! 4 mins is very short so they aren't expecting anything in depth. If it is powerpoint, I'd aim for a few slides with some basic info on - basically what you said.

Thread: Application rejected but potential supervisor still wants to meet?

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23-Feb-20, 10:04
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Hi Hannah

I think this sounds positive and you've nothing to lose by meeting and finding out if they have other funding for your PhD project. Re travel costs, you could say I would love to meet in person but do not currently have funding to travel from NI so could we arrange to meet by Skype? That way, if they preferred to meet in person and did want to help with costs then they could offer (as is the case with some job interviews), but if this is off the cards then at least you aren't making anyone uncomfortable by asking directly. You know your own circumstances (e.g. can't self fund) so just bear all that in mind and be up front about it if it is raised in the conversation.

Hope it leads to something positive!

Thread: Have you seen anyone who got a postdoc job without a first-authored paper?

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08-Feb-20, 09:29
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Quote From sciencegirl3456:


If it is any comfort to you I just accepted a postdoc at a very good uni without publishing. The panel said they chose me over other candidates who all had had postdoc jobs already because they liked me and that I fitted in well with their team. It wasn't an easy process but I got there. My 3 main tips for this are: 1. ace the presentation of your thesis work, 2. emphasis you want to learn and 3. read up on all things related to the project. Also they love the question: where do postdocs in your department go on to do? If you can get any experience teaching project students or demonstrating they loved that.


Congrats! This is really encouraging!

Thread: Self Fund for 1st year or Wait

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31-Jan-20, 18:42
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One option was a studentship from my institution for which I been through the necessary interviews etc. That funding pot was pulled in its entirety leaving me and a few other candidates who had been accepted out in the cold.

The second time was a charity which initially offered funding, but later retracted it citing budget issues, they are still going to provide support through aid with recruitment and dissemination of results though so I don't think that it's lack of faith in the project (or at least I can't see why they would still offer other support if they didn't have faith in it)


The funding pot being pulled sucks )-: Will it be renewed next year? If so maybe you would be best just waiting for it to come around again, since you were accepted last time?

Another thought is, you have had successful interviews etc which shows that you and the project can get funding... so the chances are high of getting funding next year if you apply to several sources. Again, I'd be inclined to just be patient and do something useful in the meantime.

Thread: Self Fund for 1st year or Wait

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31-Jan-20, 18:40
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Hmm, now I hear more of the context I am thinking why not self fund then? You'd have to be prepared for the stresses of it though. I would still be looking to get funding myself if I were you. But if you are really impatient and want to just get started...

Thread: Self Fund for 1st year or Wait

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30-Jan-20, 20:48
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But why use your savings when you could get funding? You could use the year to do other valuable stuff - such as some paid research assistance work (and more saving!) and getting valuable experience etc while also identifying a bunch of opportunities to apply for - so that you have a good chance of getting funding. This would be my strategy. The personal loss (financially) of funding that first year and then the stress and strain of trying to obtain funding for the remaining years... I wouldn't choose this option UNLESS I had tried many times to get funding and failed and was looking for some alternative route in. If that is the case, then I do think that self funding sounds a good strategy. I have one friend who did this for the first year (or it may have turned into more than a year). It was stressful but it got her doing the PhD when she might not have got the funding otherwise, as her grades weren't considered competitive enough. As far as I recall she did manage to secure some bits of funding to help, but it was a lot of stress.

Thread: Shortlisted for a PhD Interview

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29-Jan-20, 17:13
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Congrats on getting shortlisted for an interview. You've got some time to do a bit of reading around the project and make some slides that make you seem like an ideal candidate :) Even though you might not have directly transferable experience, you'll probably be surprised at how things are related and transferable once you brainstorm. They have seen your application and obviously think you meet the standard. Some of the interview will just be asking you things that you've already told them in the application. At least mine was. Do some prep, be confident, and try and enjoy the experience!

Thread: Excessive use of screens.

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27-Jan-20, 19:35
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That's such a good point! I probably spent less than 10% of the time doing actual work...

Thread: Waiting time for official result and corrections after viva?

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25-Jan-20, 15:42
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posted about 2 months ago
I think mine came a few weeks later, but this was during the summer. I'm pretty sure you can apply for your visa without having the official proof of the award. You just need your job offer letter.

Thread: Out of my depth in a module

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25-Jan-20, 07:50
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Hi Dominoes20

Sorry to hear about your situation. Do you think that you could learn the necessary mathematics and hard skills if you had more time? I think the best thing to do would be to speak to a few people so you get a balanced view and hopefully some support. Could you meet with the lecturer, and then maybe your personal tutor/academic advisor and just say what you've said here? You can then find out options (eg. Is there an option to redo coursework during the next summer if it fails), and you can make a plan of action.

Tudor

Thread: Excessive use of screens.

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24-Jan-20, 16:54
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posted about 2 months ago
*emit

Also just to add, you can get these non-prescription glasses that block out blue light. They make screen work easier for some people. I am not sure if they reduce damage though.

Thread: Equality irregardless of ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation

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24-Jan-20, 10:41
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posted about 2 months ago
Could you contact the uni and ask for details of the leaflet? Depends how desperate you are to have this!
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