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Thread: Acknowledgements when your supervisors were awful

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18-Apr-19, 12:03
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Thank you, that is really helpful! Might go with Nesrine87's suggestion.

Although that will piss them off - there are some very fragile egos at work, they're looking for a lot of praise. Which is why do not want to lie too much - sup2 has another PhD student right now and is starting to treat him the same way she did with me ("because it worked"). I don't want to reinforce her delusions, otherwise I would just praise them to the moon and back and move on.

Which I might still do in order to avoid any negative consequences but I thought it worth asking if someone more polite than me might have a suggestion ;)

Thread: Acknowledgements when your supervisors were awful

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18-Apr-19, 07:27
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That is my point - I will have to acknowledge them but how to I do it politely without lying? I am looking for suggestions for how to word it.

Thread: Acknowledgements when your supervisors were awful

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17-Apr-19, 15:11
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Just submitted the intent to submit form (yay!) but I am not sure what to do with the acknowledgements.

My second supervisor was awful. She was going through a tough time when the PhD started and I thought it would pass but only got worse (her life got back to normal, though!). She left me hanging in the air when I needed advice and decided to micromanage me when I really needed some headspace to figure things out. Add in some generally inappropriate behaviours, e.g. commenting on my dating life and things weren't great. Tried to speak about it, got shouted at, so sucked it up.

Buuut, she is besties with my main supervisor, so I couldn't drop her. Main sup was more focused on helping sup2 by furthering her career with a supervised PhD student (me) than helping me. She was okay. After I figured out what I needed, she followed my suggestions, that is fine. Supportive enough.

They both recently admitted they cannot supervise my theoretical work as neither understands it. Which kills the focus of my thesis and its whole point. There is enough left to submit but it is going to be one hell of a viva ("Why did you not do X?" "I did X but my sups didn't understand it and I was not allowed to include it" - need to work on that!).

I need a nice way to acknowledge them, as not having acknowledgements will be seen as an insult by them (I know...). I just cannot come up with anything polite that expresses my true feelings.

Help! Any suggestions?
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