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Thread: Supervisor wants to submit in too high journal

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26-May-17, 17:13
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There are good reasons for aiming high. The quality of review is often higher (as reviewers are much more likely to do a thorough job when it's for a journal that is desirable for them too) and then having a publication in a high impact factor journal is useful for career purposes. If your article is so far off the expected norm then it's likely to be a desk reject, which at least is quick, and you never know, you might stand a chance, so my inclination would be to follow her advice.
If though you deal with rejection badly and a desk reject would throw you off course, then what about making the objective case that you suggest about why not that journal, but ask her where else she would suggest. Her dismissal of your preferred journal sounds to be rooted in a reasonable enough feeling around falling quality, so I'd take that message seriously. There's a good chance she knows something you don't. Perhaps a third journal might be the compromise here?

Thread: Great project, mediocre uni...

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18-May-17, 17:41
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I think the Oxbridge JRFs are rather a closed shop for everyone who didn't do their PhD at Oxbridge or one of the very few universities globally they consider their equal... Not very meritocratic. Other jobs (RG included) I think for education and sociology (assuming one of the other is your subject) there's not a lot of snobbishness about what institution you did your PhD at as for both subjects there are really strong researchers at lower ranked institutions. (I do think it seems to matter more in eg History, philosophy or English Lit). Getting a job is more about what you have achieved in terms of publication etc. So what matters more in your assessment of Edge Hill than the ranking, is whether the supervisors of the project are publishing in the highly ranked journals, you need to target to be competitive for jobs. If they are, then they will almost certainly be able to give you the professional skills training you need to stand a decent chance.
I think the only other real concern (more for sociology than education) is research methods training. Depending on how much you've already had, this may be less of a worry, but you might want to check a) what Edge Hill offers and b) if they have any connections to ESRC Northwest DTC to help you access any specialist training you need. Unfortunately social sciences are so method heavy these days that not having strong methods skills makes it hard to get into the better journals, and this can be disadvantageous career-wise.

Thread: Research assistant/ Postdoc

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11-May-17, 20:15
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I think the others are right - an MD unless you've also spent multiple years in a lab doing original research is not the right preparation for a postdoc. Why not try for the clinical positions you have the experience for?

Thread: Contacting departments asking for sessional/casual lecturing

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10-May-17, 15:34
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Try the post-92s in your area - they have fewer PhD students so casual teaching staff are needed more. We get c. 30 requests per year (RG social sciences) - can't hire them all but they get kept on file for emergencies.

Thread: Masters degrees with prior experiential learning concessions

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10-May-17, 15:24
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It's on the transcript so very obvious I'm afraid. If you do go this route OP, make sure it's from a business school with external accreditation - EQUIS / AMBA etc.

Thread: Should I complain?

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09-May-17, 19:54
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PVC is prob needed to sort out the finance people. But your sup could do it as a 'sort this out or expect a formal complaint' warning, whereas you'd have to start the complaint procedure.it gives you an extra option.

Thread: Should I complain?

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09-May-17, 19:33
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Would your supervisor complain on your behalf? If s/he could hint that you are about to make a formal complaint, then the problem might be made to disappear informally in preference.

Thread: Masters degrees with prior experiential learning concessions

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09-May-17, 19:13
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Not great preparation tbh & sends a signal that you like to cut corners. If you are likely to be competitive for a funded PhD in Business, why not go after Masters scholarships instead and do the thing properly?

Thread: Contacting departments asking for sessional/casual lecturing

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09-May-17, 19:10
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The blog is spot-on. Be aware though that you are unlikely to pick up enough teaching to survive financially this way but what they suggest is normal behavior.

Thread: Considering/have always wanted to complete an MA/PhD in History - advice?

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18-Apr-17, 19:28
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Kerry - the general advice for arts and social sciences students is, unless you really are rolling in it, then you should apply for PhD funding (especially as with a 1st you might well be a good candidate). There are so few academic jobs available that going down that route is likely to mean years of piecing together part-time / temporary work, so it's good to leave your savings for then. There may even be partial scholarships for the MA - definitely worth looking around a bit.
Things you might want to consider with a future funding application in mind:
- consider where possible PhD supervisors might be based when making your MA applications. It is so much easier to put together a competitive PhD funding application to the AHRC (the funder for history) if you are already at an institution with a viable supervisory team. (A percentage of the score is for supervisory 'fit').
- Specialised research training availability might also matter - e.g. will you need particular language skills to make the archival work viable - if so can the institutions you're looking at provide that perhaps during the MA?
- And do check that the institution can sponsor an AHRC history bid - there are some surprising omissions in the South East.
- When you start the MA make an appointment to see the person running the PhD programme - the more information you can get early about applications and funding the better.

Thread: Library membership-journal access for members not working in academia post PhD?

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Is there any way you could request an honorary visiting research fellow position at your doctoral institution? Here at least that gets you the computer access codes for our e-journals. It might be worth asking your former supervisor if there's any chance of something like that - especially if there's any way your current job could be 'useful' for any of the department's staff / students.
Otherwise join Researchgate / academia.edu / SSRN or whatever depository is most used in your field. Often even if a paper is behind a paywall, the researcher will be willing to share with independent scholars so cheeky emails are always worth a shot. Searching via google scholar and checking all the versions available sometimes also leads you to a free pdf version perhaps through an institutional depository. My other suggestion is to sign up for new content alerts for the most important journals to you - the emails are a nuisance but if you set them to go to a secondary email address manageable. The reason I suggest that is that for some publishers eg Taylor and Francis, the first 50 downloads are free, so if you get in quick download and save, you just have a storage / filing issue. I think as more countries start encouraging at least green open access, the situation is getting easier.
For books, alongside checking any nearby HE institutions for their associate membership fees, it might be worth checking whether your local public library participates in inter-library loans at a reasonable fee. Some do.

Thread: STEM teaching positions without research

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16-Apr-17, 16:17
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Wow that's really surprising to hear! My RG employer is going in the opposite direction and panicking about anyone teaching without both a PhD and a HE teaching qualification / HEA fellowship. Even our hourly paid staff (i.e. basically our PhD students) have to have completed the first module of the teaching qualification in order to run stage 1 seminars. We've been told this is because the TEF is likely to penalise institutions with noticeable numbers of 'unqualified' staff (apparently something the students and their parents have been complaining about to the government), so they are upping the incentives for older staff to get HEA fellowships (for anyone appointed in the last 15 years passing a teaching qualification was essential to get through probation). The PhD expectation has been around ever since they started badging our 'undergraduate offer' as featuring research-led teaching.
I had assumed the TEF effect was universal, and this is why I questioned your claim about lower ranked universities, because the lower ranked ones in this region are properly advertising jobs these days (they never used to do that - recruitment was very much 'who you knew') and saying PhD plus preferably HE teaching qualification as essential qualities. I've also heard that existing staff are being put under pressure to register for a PhD or lose their jobs.

Thread: STEM teaching positions without research

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13-Apr-17, 21:31
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Quite surprised by Treeoflife's posts - is it really the norm for STEM depts. to employ unqualified people like the OP on a FT basis as lecturer equivs? It would be v v unlikely in my area. What about eg TEF?

Thread: PhD at 38

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12-Apr-17, 18:17
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I think there are two things that can be issues for mature students, one of which is easier to fix than the other.

The easier one is understanding that the odds are against any PhD student regardless of age getting a permanent academic job, and that anyone wanting this has to use the time to get their academic cv into the best shape possible. This applies to mature students as well as younger ones. I have seen a number of mature students fall into the trap of believing their greater life / work experience overrides the need for this kind of continual career development, whereas the reality is you need to have the publications (in good outlets), conference presentations, teaching experience, evidence of getting funding available etc regardless of age.

The harder one is that for most fledgling academics, the first few years of an academic career feature financial uncertainty and frequent moves to different cities / countries. Naturally more mature students tend to be more likely to have family responsibilities / mortgages etc that make this more difficult. So I think early on you need to think this one through and accept that if you can only apply for jobs in a small geographical radius that your chances are lower. In that case, a non-academic plan B (which frankly everyone should have anyway) becomes more important to develop.

Thread: Crushed

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12-Apr-17, 18:03
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You won't be able to go to another university and get them to award you a PhD for work done at another institution I'm afraid. It is a big no in quality assurance agency terms. So I think you need to burn some bridges and kick your complaint up a level at the university you are registered at.
You have a significant cause for a extension to be granted -poor supervision, which helpfully the head of the doctoral college has agreed is the case. Therefore, I would suggest looking up the formal complaint procedure for your institution and complain now about both your supervision and the head of the doctoral college's refusal to give you an extension. Follow the procedures meticulously. There is nothing high ranking administrators are more scared of than a student with a case, who is following procedures. Use evidence from whatever annual progress reviews you have had / upgrade reports etc to show how you were not discouraged from following this line on enquiry. If this is an RCUK-funded DTC, then threaten to complain to the research council too. Be unemotional and legalistic in the way you complain and evidence your claims. I suspect that pretty quickly they will find a mechanism to grant you that extension after all.
I know this means burning bridges with your supervisory team but you have probably done that already by complaining to the head of the doctoral college. And given the remedy you seek is fairly easy to supply, then I think the university would rather give you an extension now, than deal with you renewing the formal complaint after a failed viva.
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