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Thread: Passed with minors!

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15-Jul-19, 17:21
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posted about 4 months ago
Thanks Timefortea!

Thread: My PhD supervisor does experiments on me is this common?

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14-Jul-19, 23:47
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posted about 4 months ago
Ps. If you do decide to talk to someone, it is probably best not to criticise - no matter who it is you talk to (unless you know you can trust them!). If you want to switch supervisors and/or projects it might be best to say something about realising that actually you are really interested in X and would love to work on X/Y with Z. Not sure if this is even the way you might decide to go, but just wanted to add to my earlier response in case you do!

Thread: Have any of you ever switched PhD successfully?

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14-Jul-19, 15:26
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A good friend of mine switched. Best decision she ever made. It was toward the end of her first year. However, what helped was that she had already identified another program and other supervisors and funding. Could you try and do this - just for your own peace of mind that you have something to go to? Otherwise, you could just quit/get MPhil and then seek a new PhD. Try and identify people who can write references for you (maybe you advisors from your undergrad?). Not a good idea to ask your current supervisor or any of the club there!

I have to say your supervisor sounds like someone I would never want to work with. Promising not to tell anything bad about you if you quit now. This is blackmail! And as for your advisor breaching your confidence. Well, that says it all! Not uncommon unfortunately. Academia needs more decent human beings in it.

I just want to encourage you to move on from this as quickly as possible. By the sounds of your previous record, you are more than capable of doing a PhD. It sounds like this context / supervision isn't working for you. And the longer you stay in it / listen to what they say, the more your confidence will be undermined and you will be questioning yourself and your abilities - and missing out on opportunities. Move on quickly! All the best and good luck!

Thread: My PhD supervisor does experiments on me is this common?

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14-Jul-19, 15:15
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No, it isn't normal. I'd think / talk to someone about switching supervisors. It'll only get worse. I wouldn't be doubting your abilities. This isn't normal!

Thread: Freaking out about the version of My PhD thesis submitted for correction­čśą­čśą

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14-Jul-19, 15:13
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Hi,

Yes please don't worry. Have you been able to find out yet which one you submitted? If it comes to it and you can't resubmit at this stage then you need to just do what pm133 says, and take the changes/updates along to the viva. Then if they ask you a question and it pertains to a part you updated, you would just explain that. So at the start of the viva, you can just explain your mistake, apologise for any inconvenience, and say that you might need to update them on certain parts/changes as you go through the viva. The bottom line is the actual essence of your thesis won't have changed.

I'm not sure if this helps - but my thesis was an alternative format one, and I had changed quite a few things in one of the studies/papers - based on feedback from reviewers at a journal. I printed out a copy of the revised paper and highlighted the changes I had made - just in case those were relevant parts that came up in the viva. Actually, there was no need for me to tell them about the changes in the end as they just didn't really ask about those specific things and I didn't want to make a big deal about it so kept quiet.

Hope you are managing to calm down - stressful I know. But it'll be fine. And your final thesis (available to the public online etc) is the one you submit AFTER your viva.

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Tudor

Thread: Passed with minors!

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10-Jul-19, 02:31
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Thanks Athena and Mark! :)

Thread: Can university use personal mental health against me

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10-Jul-19, 02:30
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Hi Navidad

I did sit in on an appeals panel once as a student representative (I was supposed to be there so at least there was another student present who was part of the final decision on the appeal). If you have any specific questions about what the actual appeal panel meeting is like, I ,might be able to answer some of them (although it may differ from place to place). I would say to have any hope of a positive outcome for your appeal, you definitely need to keep a very cool head. Try not to be bated into losing your temper or displaying any negative behaviour - which of course can happen when in such a high pressure situation and no doubt feeling that things being said are unfair.

What are the possible outcomes of your appeal / what are you actually aiming for? If they are asking you to leave and you are appealing, their decision may in part be based on whether or not they think that if you DID stay you would have supervisors you could work with and you could actually see the PhD through. So if your relationships with your current supervisors are very bad, this could be difficult. Anyway, as I say, feel free to get in touch. Whatever the reasons for how you are in this situation, you are not alone. Others have gone through it. Have you tried searching for appeals on this forum? You might find some tips for people were had success.

All the best,
Tudor

Ps. One person I know successfully appealed against being made to leave, and her PhD was changed to an MPhil and her mental health issues officially acknowledged - she was given extra time to write things up etc.

Thread: last minute PhD thesis submission nightmares

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10-Jul-19, 02:18
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Hi Nic,

I had something like this happen when I was writing my upgrade report. I worked frantically one day and typed up the bulk of it, and then before I was about to go to bed, I hit the following in rapid succession: Control + A (which highlights all the text in the document), Delete, and Control + S (which saves the Word document). So I was left with a saved, blank Word document. I spent much of the next day with software trying to retrieve the deleted work, which proved impossible. Thankfully I did have an earlier version saved on a pen drive, but couldn't get that extremely productive day's work back. I'll never forget my disbelief at what I had done.

As for the actual thesis - I was kinda rushed trying to get it electronically submitted and ready to print on the same day. Somehow I managed to put the Contents Page in the wrong place, which strangely, none of the examiners noticed (although the admin lady did when I handed it in - she alerted me to it immediately).

I don't know if any of this helps or you'd want to interview and ask more questions. Happy to anyway.

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Tudor

Thread: Postgrad Forum Hall of Fame

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08-Jul-19, 20:57
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Thanks! :))

Thread: Passed with minors!

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08-Jul-19, 02:28
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Hi Everyone,

Thanks so much for the heartfelt congrats! Really appreciate it! Some people here will be aware of the situation / how my PhD was (at last as perceived by me), and an earlier thread where I was seriously considering throwing the towel in and downgrading to an MPhil. Thanks all those who encouraged me not to do that, although I realise that not everyone found it easy to follow my reasoning as to why I wanted to do such a thing - not getting the PhD award I'd worked for - even though it was within reach. Anyway - THANK YOU - because had I thrown it in, I wouldn't have been able to look for postdocs etc now. I'd be wondering what to do / trying to find another PhD opportunity. So here we are.

Pm133 - I did enjoy the moment in my own simple way. :)

Cheers!!!
Tudor

Thread: Postgrad Forum Hall of Fame

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04-Jul-19, 22:49
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Happy to say that I passed my viva today with minor corrections. Not sure if I have to wait and submit the corrections and they are approved before I can officially enter the hall of fame! I'm sure someone will pull me up on it if I'm not supposed to be here! :D

Thread: Passed with minors!

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04-Jul-19, 22:47
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Hi everyone

Today I passed my viva with minor corrections. Thanks to all here whose words of advice and support helped me along the way. :)

Tudor

Thread: Who can help me and my friends to apply PHD project´╝č

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31-May-19, 10:51
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posted about 6 months ago
Oh my goodness.

Thread: Is this a fail?!!

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30-May-19, 15:35
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posted about 6 months ago
Family not understanding PhD... the worst for me was when I have loads and loads of work left to do and not much time left, and they were like "don't worry, it'll go really quickly!"

Thread: Is this a fail?!!

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30-May-19, 15:02
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posted about 6 months ago
Quote From softykitty:
Dr_Crabby I had exactly the same issue with my supervisor, and you cannot only blame everything on yourself. All our research topics are too specific and there is no one else knowing what decision to make than our supervisor. Sometimes we had no choice but believe our supervisors blindly.


I don't think I've ever believed mine blindly so as to speak. If they're suggesting something and I can't see the rationale for it, then I don't do it (unless it's so petty that it is easier to just go ahead and do it rather than cause a fuss). But maybe that's just me (and quite possibly pm133!).
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