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Thread: Politic - Pay scholarship back? Should I?

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11-Jul-18, 09:00
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It sounds as though the OP is in a slightly different situation here if she's been working as a research assistant on top of doing a PhD.

I'd assume that asking for the money back is standard in the case of a PhD withdrawal and they have not taken other things into account (or may not even know about them). I wouldn't ignore it personally, BUT I wouldn't be paying them until I've taken expert advice about the policies in place around my specific circumstances. I'd probably be looking to pay some of it back after taking into consideration how much money I would have earnt working as a research assistant (presumably part-time if I was doing a PhD as well) over those two months and after that I would be negotiating an appropriate payment plan.

Certainly I know in previous jobs I have had, they have to take into consideration that you can't pay money back in a one lump sum and will usually agree to take payments over a period of months.

Thread: Good enough grades for funded PhD

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03-Jul-18, 09:18
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posted about 2 weeks ago
This question has been answered before :-) and I normally get defensive when someone suggests you can't get funded if you don't have really good academic qualifications - I'm living proof that you can. Although I do have quite a lot of experience working in industry.

I think you'd stand a pretty good chance with those qualifications, but as always with any job, it depends on who else is applying

Thread: (Law) Interview with Liverpool Uni for a Studentship

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03-Jul-18, 09:10
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posted about 2 weeks ago
While I can't answer your first two questions, I can help a bit with the others. When I applied for my PhD I had to provide two references with the application, so I think it's fairly standard to contact references ahead of the interview.

I try my best to prepare by running through potential questions and how I would answer them. I didn't have a proposal to discuss but did have to talk about much of what you have covered in your presentation. I did get asked general questions about PhDs, they asked what made a good phd student and also what training I thought I would need to complete the project.

In terms of Dos and Don'ts. I'd say, don't rush your answers. Take a few seconds before answering rather than rushing in and rambling. With a question such as what training would you need, don't be overly negative, I'd give them some positives too... So for mine I talked about how I probably wouldn't need much for the first part of the project where I had a strong background, but that the other part was new to me so I would potentially need more support on that part.

Do have a few questions to ask them at the end - You'll see people say many times that it should be a two-way interview and you need to make sure that it's also the right place for your to study.

My final tip is if at the "Any questions" stage there's anything you didn't mention and wanted to you can mention it here. So for me I asked about teaching opportunities as it was something that hadn't come up and talked about how I'd like to get more experience in that area and hoped I'd have the opportunity to supervise student projects.

I hope that helps a bit!

Thread: PhD funding Reserve list

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20-Jun-18, 09:25
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Hey guys, I just found out that I was lucky enough to get the funding! Hope you have the same stroke of luck :)


That's great news! Congratulations!

Thread: Quants people - presenting loads of models

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14-Jun-18, 10:02
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posted about 1 month ago
I'm not sure I would to be honest.

Is there a reason why you need to show them all? Do they all add something?

In the past, I've just shown the final or most relevant models and put extra slides at the end in case they were needed. But to be fair, I've never had that many. Can you think of it as in which figures/tables would you include in a paper since they're normally limited in the amount you can include?

Thread: Advice about University disciplinary

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14-Jun-18, 09:55
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posted about 1 month ago
I'm sure others will have much more helpful feedback than myself as I really don't know how these things work, but my first thought in answer to your question, was how much evidence has she got to support her argument?

Has she got anything in writing to show he was acting inappropriately?
I wonder if a letter form her doctor suggesting she was vulnerable may also help?

Is there anywhere she can go within the university to ask for advice and/or support?

Thread: Funding allocation decision (data analysis)

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05-Jun-18, 09:07
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I've not got to this stage yet (far, far away), but I know my university have used a transcription service in the past. I think ideally they're keen for you to do it at least some of it yourself in order to help get familiar with the data, but they appreciate that it's not always possible. I didn't have transcription put into my budget, although they seem flexible in what I use my money on so I'm not anticipating a problem.

Thread: Help with paper

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25-May-18, 22:06
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posted about 2 months ago
I can't, but I did notice you could request a copy from the authors through Researchgate

Thread: PhD at Salford University (Prefer current PhD students or a PhD graduate from it)

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23-May-18, 11:14
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posted about 2 months ago
We've already spoken, but I just wanted to say congratulations on the offer :-)

Thread: Changing supervisor and institution- is this possible?

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11-May-18, 11:41
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posted about 2 months ago
I have no idea I'm afraid, but I would imagine it would depend on your funding and where it's coming from.

As a more helpful comment - I was appointed an external supervisor in addition to my internal supervisors for my PhD. The university insisted on it because we don't have a recognised social/qualitative research department here. Maybe this is an option you could explore particularly as you're working well with your main supervisor.

Thread: Last chance to complete my Master's dissertation (Political science)

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10-May-18, 11:04
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posted about 2 months ago
I think you have plenty of time to write 12,500 so try not to worry (easier said than done, I know). I think I had 6 weeks to write the dissertation for my Masters.

I think writing varies by person but these are what work for me:
1. Section and sub section headers - You don't have to keep these, I sometimes just add one to remind me what I need a paragraph on. There's nothing worse than staring at a blank page feeling overwhelmed.
2. Bullet points to flesh out those headings
3. Start with some of the easier paragraphs first - As I said earlier, you don't want to be staring at a blank page, so writing things like your aims and methods first might be getting the easier stuff out the way first but will make you feel like you've got stuff done.
4. Small word count targets - aim low initially 200-500 words a day and then once you get into the habit of writing daily you can increase this (500 words a day is only 25 days).

Thread: Kicked off PhD

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10-May-18, 10:50
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posted about 2 months ago
Thanks for the update, I'm really pleased to hear you've been given a chance. I hope things go well over the next 6 months

Thread: consumer behavior+coffee

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04-May-18, 09:36
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Dear members ..
i'm in Phd (technology for sustainable agriculture) and my area of interest is consumer behavior and i choose coffe as product .. please help me to find recent papers ( 2016, 2017,2018) cuz i don't have access to any platform of journal or papers ..


Surely, if you are a PhD student, you are connected to a university, which will have access to journals.
If not I suggest you start with pubmed and Science Direct and look at articles where the full text is available.

Thread: Applying Phd with mediocre Masters with Dissertation + conference paper

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04-May-18, 09:32
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When it comes to PhD funding grades are the number one deciding factor. You would only consider lesser qualified people if you were short of top applicants or if the top applicants had serious character defects. I dont know why you would consider it fair to fund a 2:1 candidate over some who was technically superior. That would be a very odd thing to do when technical excellence should be a prerequesite for such a role.

i would be genuinely inteested in hearing if anyone has experience of a first class candidate being overlooked for funding in favour of a second class student.


I don't think you're going to hear form anyone. It would be really bad form to be informed about the candidates you beat - I certainly don't know how many were interviewed or why I was chosen over anyone else for my PhD.

I agree with you that if we were talking about a scenario where two recent graduates applied and one had a 2:1 and one had a 1st.... You would almost certainly go for the person with a 1st.

What I'm saying is that as life goes on, that having a 1st becomes less important, people have other life experiences, they evolve, hopefully become better with more skills. Basing a decision purely on degree marks and not considering anything else, I feel is a naive view. Plus, what really is the different between a 1st and a high 2:1 (which is what I have)? 5 marks on an exam paper? I certainly don't feel I was "technically superior" to others who got lower than me in my undergrad... I just remembered stuff better for the exam and probably didn't have as much going on in the background.

If what you are saying it true, my 2:1 at a mediocre university means I shouldn't be here and I should have applied for dozens and dozens of PhD before I got a second rate offer because no one else wanted it.

Thread: Applying Phd with mediocre Masters with Dissertation + conference paper

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03-May-18, 16:28
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What made you want to take phd after 10+ yrs?


I think that's a tough question to answer briefly. I've probably been wanting to do one for 5 years or so, since finishing my masters but for different reasons the timing wasn't right. For a while I looked at doing one by publication but that wouldn't have been right for me.

Ultimately, doing one full-time, and now, came down to two reasons, mostly because I want the personal achievement of getting my PhD. Secondly, having tried to side-step my career into a slightly different field for many years and having failed, I thought this would be an opportunity to get my foot in the door.
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