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Thread: Research Council Funding: +3.5 or 1+3?

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13-Oct-19, 15:48
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It's 3.5 years of funding. It is unusual to complete a PhD in exactly 3 years by the way most people are closer to 4. It's not like a taught course where everyone ends on the same date.

Thread: Research Council Funding: +3.5 or 1+3?

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12-Oct-19, 17:32
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Social scientist here - I'd suggest you ask your questions directly to the university as what is and isn't included in the different pathways does vary (assuming the information isn't on the DTP website). The DTP my university is part of does offer a 3.5 track for those with a Masters without sufficient methods training so your situation. You have to complete 60 credits of methods modules in the first year. But I know other DTPs that insist on 1+3 in that scenario.
Unlike it seems, from what Rewt says, in the sciences, to maximise your employability as a social scientist, you are best getting as broad a methods training as you can and then specialising in what you need for the thesis. Even if you're not using certain methods you need to be able to understand research that does use them, and having a decent knowledge of quant methods does open up a lot of job possibilities both within and outside academia.

Thread: Working whilst doing PhD

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25-Sep-19, 21:46
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The solution for those I know in that position has been a professional doctorate programme rather than a PhD. But I'd agree with others that your scenario looks unfeasible.

Thread: Certain odd jobs vs potential 'real' position

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12-Sep-19, 15:39
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Check the contract - there will probably be a notice period. But personally in your shoes I would absolutely apply for f/t jobs, take anything offered and quit.

Thread: Efficient Ways to Encourage/Comfort, Please help

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10-Sep-19, 21:00
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How realistic is it that she will get an academic job do you think? Is she getting interviews? I think your reaction is probably different if on paper she's competitive as a candidate and just missing out, compared to someone chasing an increasingly unlikely dream. If it's the former, do you have a sense of what's going wrong and whether say interview coaching might be a worthwhile investment. If it's the latter, I think you need to start stressing that there are good non-academic alternatives, that it's ok to walk away from academia etc. Maybe you could have an 'in an ideal world' what would we want to have in our lives, where would we want to live etc conversation and gradually bring her round to the idea that there are other futures that could be great but don't involve an academic job. Good luck - the uncertainties of such a long job search must be tough on both of you.

Thread: Got revise and resubmit for PhD at VIVA - what to do about job?

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19-Aug-19, 14:44
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Before you do anything re the job, ask your supervisor if there's any way to suspend studies I..e stop the R&R clock on health grounds. It might be possible.

Thread: Advise:Looking for a job and they request the name of my supervisor?

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11-Aug-19, 17:55
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Safest way to make sure you can't sue, while still providing a factually accurate reference.

Thread: I want to quit, but will regre the work I've put in

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11-Aug-19, 14:53
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Everything you write suggests that you should take the job. Research and academia are not for everyone and there's no disgrace in accepting that and walking away to something you think offers more of what you want out of life. I suspect that once you're out of the environment, your regrets will subside as you'll be busy with something else. At another stage in life you may feel differently and want another go but for now I'd quit if I were you.

Thread: Advise:Looking for a job and they request the name of my supervisor?

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11-Aug-19, 14:43
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It's not illegal to give a bad reference - that's a myth. References have to be factually accurate. I would imagine someone will be willing to confirm dates of study and the award of a PhD but given the complaints, I suspect HR advice would be not to go beyond that.

Thread: Decieved by my PhD supervisor.

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06-Aug-19, 15:22
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I can understand why you feel upset, but this might not be intentional deception but rather an unfortunate series of events that has engulfed your department. Licences are unpredictable and sometimes regulations change or you get a picky assessor, and with the best will in the world things can go wrong. Also your supervisor might have known generally that the university / faculty was in financial trouble but not the extent to which your department was going to be cut. University leaders keep such matters very close to their chests.
It sounds like he's had to scale back ambition for the group to adapt to the new reality and that includes moulding your project into something that's doable in the circumstances. You have to decide whether it's worth continuing with or whether you want to cut your losses and apply elsewhere.
On the money, if your supervisor is HoD and has to cut 21 million from the department, those are massive cuts. He's probably looking at major redundancies which will gut research groups. He can't in those circumstances be seen to favour his own group for funding particularly if objectively as he's told you, he thinks your project can be done without the funding, when others perhaps cannot. It's absolutely reasonable of you to decide this isn't what was offered and walk away, but I think you are being a bit unfair in your assessment of someone who's probably living through a nightmare right now.

Thread: Lost all interest after my viva!!

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06-Aug-19, 15:07
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I think most people have felt like this at this stage of the PhD, and I've no real advice other than one final push and you are done. I think in the long run you would feel gutted to have quit so close to the finish. You're doing the right things in breaking it down and doing short concentrated bursts of work. The only other thing I can suggest is rewarding yourself. Could you incentivise this with something concrete, like booking a holiday for the week after you are due to resubmit? Or a day doing something you love, when you've got to a particular point?

Thread: Is it a disaster?

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01-Aug-19, 13:54
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Universities have external targets for PhD students submitting on time (usually 4 years but some subjects may differ) and the penalties for missing it can mean losing research council funding for future PhD students. If your department is near the threshold, and your supervisor has a record of students not completing, she probably is feeling under a lot of pressure herself about you finishing on time (especially if you've been funded). I am telling you this as she may be aware that in those circumstances extensions might be hard to get approved by the faculty so is pushing you hard as a result. You need to talk to her, show her a realistic plan of what still needs doing and how long it will take, and jointly strategise how best to move forward regarding an extension request or any loopholes to temporarily stop the deadline clock for you. She may be assuming you have more written that you do so now is the time to be brutally honest.

Thread: How Long Did you Wait for your Viva?

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23-Jul-19, 15:30
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Definitely follow up. Were your examiners already chosen? If not that could cause a delay but otherwise they usually try to arrange a viva within 3 months of submission.

Thread: Paper submission - awaiting final decision after awaiting admin processing

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23-Jul-19, 15:27
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Two possibilities - it could be a desk reject and the editor is writing up why or it could just be that the status visible is a holding status while reviewers are sought. You can't do anything so try not to worry.

Thread: Got a PhD in Teesside

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25-Jun-19, 23:53
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In terms of the university, while in general not so highly ranked, it's meant to be good at eg animation and computer game design. Place - well it's poor and that does influence things like shopping, leisure etc. Good modern art gallery though. You could also commute from nicer nearby towns - if the seaside is your thing, Saltburn by the Sea is cute and has a direct train link.

But I've never lived there just been to a couple of exhibitions at MIMA.
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