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Thread: Question about sampling

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17-Dec-18, 10:02
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I can't help with specifics I'm afraid, but having recently done a survey myself, I found Facebook to be by far the best way of recruiting. My university and sponsors both published the link on their pages and I managed to get a few other charity organisations in a related field to share the link as well and joined many related facebook groups (local and regional) and asked to share in there as well.

I also posted in several internet forums and managed to get it in a widely circulated magazine.

Something else I did was get some business cards printed with the survey url on. I had hoped I could get to some local shows or that there would be meetings/conferences I could attend and hand them out but sadly it ended up not working with my time frame.

One tip, which I only started doing later is to tailor the URL based on where you're sharing it, that way you can see which route your responses are coming through

Thread: 1.5 months into PhD and I'm really struggling. How long to give it before considering quitting?

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22-Nov-18, 10:03
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Everyone feels like they're falling behind on their PhD in the first few months. My supervisor spent the first four months saying to me every time I saw her "It's ok to just do background reading".

For most of my first year I was in a very large office pretty much on my own. The others who were there hardly ever came in because of long commutes. I found this particularly difficult considering I had come from a very busy, huge open plan office. I had to jump at opportunities to socialise with other people in the department in order to get to know them and make friends. Recently I moved to a smaller office with two great office mates which is more in the middle of where everything goes on - That has really helped and I'm enjoying things more. The moral of this is think abut your surroundings and make sure they work for you.

Join clubs - You're really not old, and even if you're with undergrads, those in their final year are going to be 21/22 (23 if they took a gap year) anyway so it's hardly a huge age gap. Organise social events with your department. See what PhD social events are going on. There's plenty you can do to get more involved and make friends.

You've really not been there long and it's ok to feel out of sorts and take a while to settle in. Just cut yourself some slack and give yourself time.

A final point, long distance relationships are hard (I did one throughout my undergrad - we're still together), but you get into a routine and they get easier. Once you're more settled and find your feet you can probably find that you don't need to work from the office so much and can spend more time in London.

Thread: Judging whether to working under a Potential Junior Supervisor at a Prestigious Institute

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22-Nov-18, 09:49
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I feel pity because of this delay that happened to me, I am now about completing 28 in few months, and didn't create family yet, I feel sometimes as my self-confidence is decreasing, but I am trying.


I agree with bewildered and pm133 in that it sounds like you need to step away for a while, get professional support to help you work through your feelings and work out what YOUR priorities are. I'm not sure you should be stressing both about starting a PhD at the same time as starting a family - While I'm not suggesting you give up on your dreams, remember that it is perfectly acceptable to do neither of these things and still have a happy, successful and fulfilling life.

Thread: Accessing journal articles

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22-Nov-18, 09:00
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To all those using the fabulous sci-hub (for which all of us who believe in free distribution of publicly paid-for research results should be tremendously grateful), I would recommend you don't attempt accessing this through your university account as you could potentially cause considerable problems for your uni and yourself.


I thought it seemed to good to be true so was skeptical, I don't know much about it though. I think any I can get through other methods is preferred (I've never been to the British Library before so it sounds fun).

Thread: Accessing journal articles

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21-Nov-18, 13:31
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Thanks! I'll give it a go!

I've discovered I can get some if I go to the British library as well. Hopefully I can track most of them down!

Thread: Accessing journal articles

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21-Nov-18, 09:07
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just wondering if anyone has suggestions on how to access journal articles?

My PhD is social science based, however I'm at a specialist university which doesn't really do social science. As such I'm finding that I can't access half of the full texts I need for my literature review. I have access to the SRA so I'm looking to see if I can access any through them but so far no luck.

I know I may be able to request some through Researchgate but haven't found this very successful in the past and there's a lot to request.

Has anyone come up against this before and found a solution?

Thread: Help locating thread from a while ago... the person who failed their viva, had a battle, and won

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08-Nov-18, 11:15
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If it helps, you haven't imagined it. I know the one you mean. I'll see if I can find it.

Thread: Feeling stupid after a month

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18-Sep-18, 21:37
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After 3 months of feeling so stupid, my supervisor tells me that she doesn't understand the results either. And that none of the co-authors have any idea. So I spent 3 months thinking that this was a mundane thing and that I was problem. Talk about starting with an inferiority complex.


Wow that's really something. I think you win! I was in quite a dark place starting my PhD in terms of my ability to something like that would have finished me off!

Thread: Feeling stupid after a month

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18-Sep-18, 12:31
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posted about 4 months ago
Echoing rewt's response.

I'm just about 1 year in. I've got a Masters and work experience behind me and I feel like I know absolutely nothing and that I'm surrounded by people who are younger and so much smarter than me. So yes, it's very normal to feel like that and even if you'd joined later, I can assure you that you'll still feel like that!

I try not to think about what others are doing and how far they've got in their studies and just to focus on my own thing. Different supervisors will have different methods, I know some who were getting their students to write review papers in their first few months while mine was reassuring me that it was ok to just be background reading. My advice is to just do what works for you and if your supervisor can help then don't be afraid to ask (for me we're going to be setting more writing type deadlines moving forward so I have dates to work to).

Thread: PhD viva will not go well

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18-Sep-18, 12:20
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Ok breathe.. To be honest I'm concerned by your subject line. You've already decided it's going to go badly! A negative attitude is never going to help so focus on the positives.

You know your study objectives, results, strengths and limitations so that's a great start. So you should have a very good idea from that why you chose those methods over others. These are all positives.

I would try to organise some 'mock vivas' or even just discussions. Perhaps with people from your old department who you can talk through your work with a focus on the areas you feel weakest. Even if you can't get anyone in a science field, just talking about it with friends and family will probably help (give them a list of the types of questions you expect to be asked) - I'm sure you'll find a) you know more than you think and b) you'll feel happier and more confident going into the viva.

I know certainly when I've done a mock interview before the main event I've felt like I've performed better on the real thing.

Best of luck!

Thread: Quitting PhD after four years

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06-Sep-18, 13:46
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If you don't already have something else to go to then it's probably going to take you at least several months to find a job. So personally I'd be knuckling down with a structured plan on how to finish my PhD in that 6 months and going for it.

There's nothing to stop you looking for jobs in the meantime and applying for any that seem like a good fit. If you get offered something, then you can look at how the progress is going and how long you have left, but to me it seems a shame to throw it all in now when you've already worked so hard

Thread: PgD or MSc?

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15-Aug-18, 09:52
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posted about 5 months ago
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It's not really a complete qualification - it's not a degree. Most jobs, if they want qualifications, ask for either a BA, MA or PhD.


Do jobs actually ask for an MA? I never really see jobs that want a masters degree



Not quite a MA, but in my experience of public health they want BScs and MScs (and these days PhDs and further professional qualifications). I'd suggest it depends what field you want to go into. But also with a PgD, I'm not sure people outside academia will particularly have heard of it, or if they have, know what it involves.

Thread: To present or not present (almost the same conference presentation)

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14-Aug-18, 08:53
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My answer is it depends on the conferences.

Firstly, there is absolutely nothing wrong with submitting more or less the same thing to multiple conferences (I say more or less because you should tailor your abstracts to what the conference is for) - After all, there is no guarantee you'll get accepted for all of them.

Only once you're accepted do you need to start worrying about whether you can present or not. I typically look at a) have you been accepted for an oral or a poster, b) whether I can present some different results, c) who is the audience for the conference? - Are different people likely to attend. d) what do they say in their rules?

I had a case a few years ago where the same abstract got accepted as a poster at 2 different conferences - The audience was fairly similar although one was European and the other International. I just emailed them and asked and there was no problem. I also presented the same work at national conference - However this I put a focus on the novel methodology rather that the results of the study.

Thread: Changing research area after PhD

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08-Aug-18, 10:08
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My PhD has moved me into a somewhat different area to what I was working in previously. My intention is to stay working in this new area, however I spoke to many people, including people in industry and academia about whether or not it would affect me returning to my old work area should I a) wish to or b) have to due to job availability. Pretty much everyone said that it wouldn't be an issue because the skills I'd learn would be transferable. I think if after the PhD you decide you want to move areas it wouldn't be a problem.

Thread: Dealing with rejection of journal article during PhD

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25-Jul-18, 12:36
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Echoing the above really. The last paper I got published, got rejected from about three journals including one in which one reviewer was quite complimentary while the other's feedback simply said "This adds nothing new to the literature". I'd question whether they read it at all.

The reviewer could be anyone - someone who simply is using an excuse because they don't have time to review it; an out of depth PhD student who was given it by their supervisor - What we do know is their opinion isn't worth your time or worry because they couldn't be bothered with constructive criticism.

Take a deep breath and resubmit elsewhere.
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