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Thread: MPhil to PhD.

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24-Apr-18, 09:29
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I looked into doing a PhD by publication a few years ago and to the honest the requirements seemed to vary. Some universities will only do them for previous students. I remember one I looked at wanted you to produce 6 papers within two years of starting your PhD and I think you had to be first author on 5 of them, whereas my old uni had no time limit, you could use past papers and didn't have to be first authors on them (although you need to be pretty well involved to talk about them in the detail needed for a viva).

I think the best thing you can do is find universities that do it (I'd start with the ones you went to) and ask them.

Thread: I didn't get any scholarships :(

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24-Apr-18, 09:21
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Quote From Tudor_Queen:
Quote From ethanscott:
The ones who have talent are never sponsored.


That's quite a statement!


That's what I thought! I *think* I should be insulted :-)

Thread: Offer Letter

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24-Apr-18, 09:20
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Quote From Tudor_Queen:

But you can always ring the admin team and annoy them (and hopefully get a bit of peace of mind that it is on its way or an idea of how long it is likely to take).


I did my undergrad at Salford Uni (albeit a while ago now!) the admin of my faculty were lovely so I'm sure they won't mind giving you an idea of timescales. It's only been a week since your interview, these things can to take a while.

Thread: PhD or job? Help please!

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09-Apr-18, 11:15
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Hi Maddy, I can kind of relate to this because I come from a civil service background and am currently doing my PhD. I was also offered a fully funded project, so it wasn't my own, and I also switched research methods, although mine was from a quant background to a very, very new qual one!

I can't tell you what to do, but a few things, like you, I knew I would like my project, but it wasn't my dream topic, I made sure I had enough scope to make it my own though and I have to say I love it. The bits I had the biggest doubts about actually don't matter much at all.

I chose to do my PhD in qualitative methods because I was seeing increasing amounts of jobs that wanted both quant and qual experience - this seems to be one of the popular things at the moment. I'd thought about doing a PhD by publication while in the civil service but I just didn't feel I'd learn as much during the process. I really wanted the challenge and to be able to learn new skills and to better understand how qual and quant can compliment each other.

I think it's easy to get tunnel vision and think that if you do a PhD you need to stay in academia - You don't. You could almst certainly still get into the civil service after your PhD if thats what you decided you wanted

I don't know if that helps at all?

Thread: Post your surveys here!

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06-Apr-18, 13:08
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Hi,

On the of chance there are any UK based horse owners in the group, it would be great if you could take 10 minutes to complete my survey:

www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/hooves

Thanks!

Thread: Awarded studentship, have to accept soon, but still waiting for other decisions

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03-Apr-18, 14:13
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I would contact both universities and explain what's going on. You don't need to go into details. But I'd first contact University 2 and find out if they can tell you when you would know by, say you have another offer but you'd like to hear from them first and can they give you a time frame.

Depending on what you get from Uni 2 you can ask Uni 1 when you need to let them know by (if they've given you a date, can that be extended). Ideally Uni 2 will have given you a rough date and you can be upfront with Uni 1 that you won't know before X time.

Please don't pick your uni just based on their reputation, you should choose based on which topic you're interested in, relationship with the supervisor etc.

Thread: Brand New PhD Student & Feeling Hopeless

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26-Mar-18, 10:17
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Hi, try not too worry, I think everyone has a tough time to start with. I certainly did and still have days where I feel utterly stupid (I'm 6 months in).

I think there's a few things you can do... Talk about what you've been reading in your meetings and hopefully suggest ways it might help your research. An example from a meeting I had was having read about different qualitative methods I was able to say which ones I thought might be most appropriate for my project. I know when I do this, it really helps with my confidence

Or, maybe it's a simple as saying I've started reading about this, I think it might be useful to consider for my project and I'm going to spend some time finding out a bit more about it. If you're well off, they might steer you away from it, or it might be that at the next meeting you say you looked into it and actually it's not appropriate etc.

Kenzie's suggestion about sending short emails is a good one. Set up some journal alerts and look at the recommendations for your searches, that gives you the chance to spot new papers that may be relevant to your research and forward them onto them. I always like doing this because one of my supervisors is great at it (I just got one!) so I like to try and beat her to it :-)

I don't think they're expecting you to have all the answers at this stage, they just want to know you're thinking about your research question (or potential research questions) and if you need to (like me) looking into the new research methods you'll be using).

Thread: Stupid Mistake

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13-Mar-18, 10:01
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I think you're fine, it's one word. They probably won't even notice. It's not like it's a complete change of topic!

Take a deep breath and relax. Good luck!

Thread: In need of advice from those more mature in their academic careers: post-docs or even PI’s

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13-Mar-18, 09:33
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I agree with TOL. Social media is terrible because it allows people to only show the good side of themselves, having an amazing time. It doesn't show the blood, sweat and tears. I know people for whom this has triggered their depression, because "everyone is doing better than them".

If it's true and that they celebrate every little thing, it's probably nothing to do with the supervisors, rather the team as a whole - Some teams are a lot closer than others, they do more stuff together. That's life and it happens in every organisation.

If you want to do more and celebrate the achievements of people in your team, why don't you take the initiative? Next time someone achieves something, suggest going for a drink, or bring in a cake. Make them feel special. Then they might do it for you. Don't leave it up to your supervisor who probably doesn't even know your team might need a morale boost.

Thread: First year, no confidence in my ability

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12-Mar-18, 09:04
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Thanks everyone for your replies. They have been really helpful and made me feel better. I even found some motivation to get some stuff done over the weekend... I think to be honest this winter hasn't been great for my depression either, but at least the weather feels like it's turning a bit (she says as it's raining outside her window...).

I'm a scientist, so definitely over analytical, I've also discovered among all the background reading and learning new methods that I'm definitely an output orientated person. Switching from a quantitative background to a mostly qualitative PhD is a mental challenge - I should keep reminding myself that's what I wanted!

No one can say that a PhD isn't a journey in personal development!

Thread: First year, no confidence in my ability

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09-Mar-18, 14:42
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Quote From TreeofLife:
Hard to say. Could be that you are usually insecure? .


I've never been the most confident person, but I don't remember ever being this bad.

Thanks for the encouragement Bong, it's really helpful to know I'm not alone. I know everyone says that it's difficult in the beginning, but everyone round here seems to be more clued up or have a lot more extra stuff going on - Which probably is't the case. I think perhaps I need to be a bit less hard on myself as long as I'm getting the work done. This week has been a good week and I've got nearly everything ticked off my list, so I should feel pleased going into the weekend.

Thread: First year, no confidence in my ability

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09-Mar-18, 10:35
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Hi everyone,

I'm feeling really down today.

As a bit of background, prior to starting my PhD I was in a job that wasn't a good fit for me. Likewise I had a boss who made me feel stupid, like I couldn't do anything right.

Fast forward to now, I started my PhD in October, I have absolutely no confidence in my abilities. I've actually had a pretty success week, but I can't shake days like today where I feel sick and lost, like I'm not doing enough or I don't know enough. I also feel like I have to get my supervisor to agree everything, like I need her to hold my hand.

Is this normal? Does it get better? Will I be able to go a whole week being pleased with my progress?

Thread: Author names on poster/paper

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02-Mar-18, 13:08
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I tend to look at it in the way of, if someone's contribution has been necessary to the project, e.g helping put together protocols, data collection tools, doing data collection etc then I would be looking to include them as authors on the paper.

I have in the past got advice from people about using particular methods, but this was general discussion and they didn't work directly on my project, therefore despite them going over my head and telling my boss they should be rewarded for this, I didn't include them as an author, but did acknowledge them. (Wow, hadn't realised I was so bitter!)

You absolutely should be the first author.

Tudor_Queen - if I had been collecting and analyzing data for a project and it was a vital part of the research, I'd expect to be more than an acknowledgment - Although at that stage of my career I'd probably be happy enough too

Thread: Want to quit Phd! Please advice!

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02-Mar-18, 12:58
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I agree with what is being said, and I'm in a similar situation in that I don't have a good grasp of the methods I need for my PhD - But I chose those PhD because they were methods that I wanted to learn. I could have chosen a PhD which just used methods I've been using in my work since I did my undergrad in 2006 but ultimately, what would I get out of that? Isn't that a waste of a PhD.

Why are you angry at yourself for having to refer and look up things you did over 10 years ago? Everyone forgets things they haven't done recently and needs reminders.

There is nothing wrong with being pushed out of your comfort zone, I completely get that it is daunting and I too worry that I'm not doing enough or I don't understand things I should, or the worst, I'm not explaining myself well enough. I've been having ups and downs since I started... This week is a down for me too.

Keep your head down, don't punish yourself if you don't understand things straight away, set small goals. Reward yourself.

You'll get there. I'll get there. I'm sure of it.

Thread: How to present some results

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22-Feb-18, 00:02
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Sounds like a good plan to me
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