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Thread: Doing part of my PhD remotely in Europe while working full time?

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23-Jun-19, 18:52
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I think timefortea's point about it probably needing to be p/t is very true. It is also going to be more like the equivalent of 4 years however you do it than 3 realistically. However supportive your work is, stuff happens that pulls you in different directions and it's always the PhD that is lowest priority for them. Distance learning is viable but you do miss out. I think another thing that you might want to consider is career outlook. This way would be great to help you perhaps advance in your current career, but might be sub-optimal if you wanted to move into academia.

Thread: After the complaint, what should I do if the university doesn’t take an action?

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23-Jun-19, 18:44
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I think there is an element of truth in what rewt says however unwelcome it may be to hear. Students filing complaints tend to want to be 100% in the right and for the person complained about to suffer. The problem is that there is usually right and wrong on both sides, which tends to leave all concerned feeling dissatisfied. In particular, as another thread is showing, students are frequently shocked to discover their own behaviour has been documented and will be taken into account. Or the rules ensuring equal treatment of all students will be taken seriously. In short, I wouldn't get over-invested in the complaints process, you've made the complaint, but you need to move on and start on the next phase of your career too. Don't obsess about it as you are very unlikely to be wholly satisfied by the outcome.

Thread: Can university use personal mental health against me

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23-Jun-19, 18:31
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Well if you asked them to behave in an inappropriate and unprofessional manner regarding supervision, and they refused and your complaint is about quality of supervision then I'm afraid it's relevant.

Thread: Suggestion on IELTS score and admissions

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31-May-19, 15:11
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Unfortunately the rule tends to be overall 6.5 with no component below 6.0. I think you will have problems, not least because many PhD supervisors feel it's unethical to take students without strong written English.

Thread: Ethnographic-based PhD Struggle

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21-May-19, 17:24
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It may not be relevant to your thesis but might the institutionalist ethnographers be useful? Dorothy Smith and followers I mean. I'm just thinking that the ethnographic work I've read using variants of that has been more what it sounds like you are looking for.

Thread: Just discovered work that I thought was original has already been done before

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21-May-19, 17:20
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It's better to find this out now than a month before submission. These things happen and you're early enough in the process to be able to tweak things. I'd tell your supervisor right away - s/he will be able to reassure you. Ask your supervisor for advice about how to address this in your review meeting but I wouldn't worry about amending documentation etc.

Thread: Unemployed PhD

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29-Apr-19, 13:11
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Well I don't think you should do teacher training if your heart isn't in it. And I think you just need to accept that the university was stringing you on and let it go. We are often far more loyal to an employer than they ever would be to us and universities are no exception to that rule. The casualisation of university teaching is a real issue in the sector.

Are you geographically tied? It seems a bit of a leap from lecturing to retail and so I wondered whether you might be in a small university town where those are the options. If so is there any chance of that changing? It seems to me that you need to think about what your skills are and what jobs that might lead towards and see where those opportunities are.

Thread: Third master's as part of 1+3 studentship: career suicide?

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29-Apr-19, 12:55
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Social scientist here - unusual to have three masters but not as problematic as trying to do a social science PhD without knowing anything about social science theories and methods if you hope for an academic career in the field. It's quite common for social scientists to have two masters because of the ESRC rule so it wouldn't stand out that much anyway. And remember you'd be competing with people who've gone through the N American PhD system which has years of coursework before the thesis, so you need to be able to offer more than the narrow topic of your thesis. Another tip - you say interdisciplinary but you might want to decide what subject you're aiming at so you ensure your publications, teaching and networking align. The danger is otherwise you end up not fitting anywhere.

Thread: Masters degree worst experience of my life

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18-Apr-19, 18:05
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I remember your earlier posts and just wanted to say that I'm glad you took everyone's advice to do the dissertation to get the Masters. Good luck with finding a job in a field more to your taste!

Thread: Revisions accepted without further review?

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18-Apr-19, 18:03
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Yes if it was an accept with minor corrections decision, often the editor will decide. If it was R&R then in my field at least, it goes back to the reviewers.

Thread: Just a moan...

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18-Apr-19, 18:00
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I really wouldn't start without funding especially with a child to support. I think your second supervisor is right to advise waiting for the next round of RC funding. A tutoring job is unlikely to bring in enough to live on unless you teach so many classes that you won't have time to do the PhD. I wouldn't be too envious of the English doctoral loans either; it's not actually anywhere near enough to live on after the fees are paid, so you need a job or support from somewhere else too. Why not ask to defer your place for a year, work to get a cushion of more savings and apply to every funding source you can during the full cycle?

Thread: ORCID

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14-Mar-19, 13:27
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You have to be honest on publications anyway so no real downsides. Once you set it up, it updates itself (assuming you're publishing in indexed journals).

Thread: ORCID

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13-Mar-19, 13:31
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It's very useful if you have a commonly used name as it means your publications can be quickly identified. My university wants all academic staff to use it.

Thread: Is it possible to switch from full-time to part-time 1 year into an EPSRC funded PhD?

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25-Feb-19, 20:42
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It's more whether the EPSRC allows it unless you plan to jettison their funding? Can't imagine your supervisor being thrilled though.

Thread: Going to the nowhere Help

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23-Feb-19, 23:23
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posted about 8 months ago
Please get some medical help urgently. That's the single most important thing to do.
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