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Thread: PhD loans - what do you all think?

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20-May-18, 15:12
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posted about 5 days ago
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TQ, I haven't worded my post well to be fair.
I didn't mean to talk about personal failure to secure a funded position. I was talking in the context of a post which didn't have funding attached to it in the first place hence the need for a loan.
I think I am happy to stand by that comment but I made a dog's breakfast of my original post.


Even then, you are confused between the interested parties in charge of allocating research funds and 'society' in general. Or is it your assertion that all government agencies and quangos always reflect the interest and will of 'society'?

Thread: PhD loans - what do you all think?

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19-May-18, 14:25
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posted about 6 days ago
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It's sending a strong message that your research is not valued enough by our society to bother funding.
It's not a great place to start a PhD from.


LOL. If you say so.

Thread: PhD loans - what do you all think?

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18-May-18, 22:00
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Honestly, if you can't get full funding for your PhD you really need to take a step back and listen to the message the system is telling you. I would personally never take out a loan or self fund.


Yes, I think this is the main point.


Why?

Thread: PhD funding Reserve list

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15-May-18, 17:38
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Hiya, I received an email today to say that following an interview, I am on the reserve list for funding for the SWW DTP. I understand that there's no way of knowing how many people are on the list and what position I might be on it but does anyone know whether every candidate that gets interviewed gets placed on the reserve list?
This is my last chance for funding for this year so fingers crossed!

I am in the same boat, as I am on the reserved list for a PhD Scholarship and the waitlist pool consists of 6 candidates. I am unaware where I stand in terms of ranking of these 6 candidates, but if anyone could share their thoughts on the possibility of this panning out, that'd be really helpful.


Hope for the best, but expect the worst. Time to put alternative plans into action.

Thread: Improving Grades.

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14-May-18, 18:35
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How difficult is it to improve upon bad grades. Currently, I am getting Cs and Bs, I would like As. Am I trapped in school mode by thinking it should only take one semester to get an A?


Read more and think more.

Thread: Choicing a School

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12-May-18, 20:13
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Having gone through (and are still in the process of going through) the process of choosing the best uni for a PhD, here is my two-cents worth:

There are no reliable metrics to show the best uni that fit your topic...the best you can do is try and narrow down the field by matching potential supervisors' interest and expertise with your own, and the uni's particular strength in the area of your research interest. How likely you are going to get on with the supervisor is anyone's guess, as a twenty minute skype, or even face-to-face, interview is not going to reveal that much.

In that sense, the best bet might be to stay at the same uni where you did your undergrad/master's, as you would have a much better idea of the personalities of the supervisors. It also helps to talk to the current students of the potential supervisor if at all possible.

Research Ranking can also play a part. At least you have a better idea of the research environment as graded by the REF.

Hope this helps.

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

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12-May-18, 08:47
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Assuming that you are a full time student, you would have done something similar already. Assignment deadlines for each semester usually all fall on the same date near the end of the semester. In a 12 week semester, topics for the essays are usually chosen in week 5-6, so that's 3 essays of 4 000 words, about the length of your dissertation, in about 6-7 weeks.

Even if you are part-time student, the above time scale would suggest that that it's normal to write 12 000 words in about a month and a half. Therefore, you have plenty of time to do a decent 12 500-words dissertation in 2 and a bit months. 4 000 words a week should be very doable if you have an outline planned. Use the rest of the time to edit, polish and proof-read. The best thing you could do is to stop worrying and starting writing. It's not a tight deadline, and you have plenty of time to produce a great dissertation!

Lastly, don't be too concern about grades as you write. Just concentrate on the logical flow, getting your (coherent) arguments across, and proper referencing. It's quite hard to actually fail, and you might well be surprised by your marks if you just get the basics right.

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

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04-May-18, 01:38
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posted about 3 weeks ago
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Deary me :-D
Maybe you should go to bed and come back in a less touchy mood tomorrow.
It would help if you stop taking things so personally. It's just an exchange of ideas.
That massive chip on your shoulder is not really conducive to a decent discussion.


Platitudes without content. I really had expected better from you...

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

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04-May-18, 00:43
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posted about 3 weeks ago


By the way, the original poster should definitely apply for funding. Personally I dont think we should be funding PhDs for anyone but those with 1st class degrees. We have too many PhDs and most appear to be a compete waste of time. From what I have experienced it is very rare to see anyone fail them. Academia is less fussy than me and will literally do anything for money these days.


Why are we getting stuck on undergrad grades, and ignoring Master's? The OP asked about his chances with a 2:1 and a 'mediocre' (Good pass? Low merit?) Master's. I can see the case that someone with a 1st-Distinction combination will have an edge over someone with a high 2:1 plus Distinction. But is it the case that a 1st plus a Merit will always trump a 2:1 plus a Distinctions when it comes to funding?

I always thought that a good Master's will mitigate a less than perfect Bachelors, but it seems, not according to you. And before your ask, yes, I do know someone from my cohort with a good first from a 'top' uni getting 'only' a high merit at Master's level.

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

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04-May-18, 00:29
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FFS, I was looking at some student accommodations in Leeds, and some of the student halls (note; privately run student halls, not shared rented houses where the sitting tenants express their preference about a new housemate) have a stated maximum age of 32. Is this even legal?


That is actually quite funny.
People should have the right to choose who they do and dont live with in my opinion.


They do. Hence I stressed the difference between sitting tenants in a shared house expressing a preference about the type of housemates they want, and student halls run as businesses stating that they would not do business with customers above a certain age.

Given your impeccable academic record, I am surprised at your poor reading comprehension.

However, assuming that your reading comprehension is as good as your academic achievements, why would this blatant age discrimination by a business opened to the public be in anyway funny? Please expend.

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

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03-May-18, 08:17
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FFS, I was looking at some student accommodations in Leeds, and some of the student halls (note; privately run student halls, not shared rented houses where the sitting tenants express their preference about a new housemate) have a stated maximum age of 32. Is this even legal?

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

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03-May-18, 08:13
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posted about 3 weeks ago
Not to put to fine a point on it, age discrimination does happen, maybe not in computer science, but certainly in the social sciences. I received some great feedback during the summer when I was emailing potential supervisors regarding my PhD. This senior academic from a respected university gave me some very useful information how to go about it, even though my topic wasn't outside of her expertise/interest, and so she could not supervise my thesis unless I make fundamental changes . Along with the helpful advice was the comment that in her experience (and she did say that she shouldn't really be saying this), funded places are usually for budding academics, and so younger applicants (those in their 20s and early 30s) tend to be looked upon more favourably. That is not to say that us oldies have no chance of funded places, just that with all things being equal, younger applicants do tend to get the nod.


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Thread: Unable to get into a decent PhD program - 4 years now

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02-May-18, 00:47
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posted about 3 weeks ago
Are you having trouble getting in a PhD programme per se, or do you mean difficulties in getting a funded place? The former should be relatively easy, but the latter really needs top grades, plus a large slice of luck in that competitive that year isn't particularly high.

Thread: PhD with a 2.1 and a Pass

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16-Apr-18, 16:09
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A lot of places would accept a 2:1 plus a pass for self-funded PhD places. Go for it, and good luck!

Thread: PhD funding Reserve list

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16-Apr-18, 16:06
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posted about 1 month ago
In the same boat here, but our lot (NINE DTP) wont tell us where we are in the queue. I took that as a polite 'no', and am looking at alternatives.
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