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I think this thread should solely focus on those who have graduated with a Phd or Masters. For others who wish to know about a particular postgrad programme, perhaps it is better for them to start a new thread. Just my humble opinion.
Had my viva in Sept 2014, got an R & R.
Finally submitted my r & r corrections in April 2016, passed with minor corrections in August 2016, did all my corrections in one months. Awarded Phd in English Studies in October 2016.
Attended my graduation in Scotland in June 2017. Woo-hoo !
A is a senior with regard to rank and also age. Other seniors know that he is a bit on the dodgy side but they don't seem to want to complain about him to the higher-ups. Or, perhaps someone had complained before. Since he is already a permanent lecturer, the management can't really sack him, unless he has stolen a really huge sum of money from the college.
I have a feeling I am being made the scapegoat here, so that people can complain about me when things go wrong.
I think I will have to try and compile everything from various sources. If everything fails, I will just do my worst (!) and then pray someone else is selected to take over my post !
Nobody wants these extra duties. If only we could just be allowed to teach and do research, instead of having to handle all these admin work !
Hi guys, I wonder if any of you have this problem. I am in my second year of employment in a small college. I have been asked to head a programme which involves part-timers. The problem is, the syllabus and everything related to the course seem to be a mess. One person, A, seems to be teaching almost all subjects, there is no proper filing, previous semester's marks are often missing, that sort of thing. I asked the previous head to help me; unfortunately his answer always seem to be 'I do not have those files.' I am a junior in this department, and the seniors would tell me to be more firm, especially regarding A, who is also a senior, and also to keep all the course specifications up to date. So What do I do when I don't know anything about what is going on ?
Hi everyone, just wanted to share my joy after my resubmitted thesis had been given a 'minor corrections' verdict. Phew !
I would like to thank Marasp, Pineapple, AnZ, J Stanley and others for their kind words of encouragement on this forum. It was a nerve-wrecking 18 months (please follow my posts) but I am really glad it is (almost) over !
Good luck on your corrections !
I got an R n R and was given 1 1/2 year to do my corrections (maximum period). I was ill most of the time during that period and just managed to re-submit last April.
I am still waiting for the examiners' comments on my re-submitted thesis.
I submitted my corrections (well Rn R actually) in late April and had been told last month that I would be getting the results last week. I have been waiting and been checking my e-mails and there is no reply from my first supervisor. I am consoling myself that it is now summer holidays in the UK (where I am right now, we don't have summer hols) so the examiners may be taking some time to compose their reports. I have a teaching job right now based on my M.A, and it would be nice to get a salary upgrade if I finally get a PhD ! Oh well. I guess I will just have to wait then, perhaps until September for the full report.
I did my Phd in the UK, and brought up my kids there as well.
I came back 2 years ago to my country to work and pay off the scholarship.
For me, I will always miss the environment in the UK. The quality of life seemed better in the UK. Here it is always rush rush rush !
My current friends are senior teachers who are teaching on contract basis :)
I miss the kind of friends I had in Glasgow as a graduate student...heh !
Hi guys, I haven't been here for quite some time. Had my viva in September 2014 but got an R n R. Due to some health issue, I was given maximum period to revise my PhD.
I will be re-submitting soon in April. I have more or less followed the examiners' recommendations. At the same time, I have recycled some stuff from my previous work. The thesis is not as thick as the one before, but I just want to get this over with.
It hasn't been easy trying to work and re-write a thesis. I had my health issues, then some money issues, and on top of that I have a family to care for. The books I wanted for reference were not available in my country !
To make it worse, I had a skin ailment to start the New Year with ( !) , but it looks like it's going to be cured soon.
To those who are re-submitting, all the best. Just keep on writing everyday. You will soon get to the finishing line .
Hi Mr Doctor
Here's my story :
I came back to my home country last year after spending quite some time in the UK.
I submitted my thesis ( Humanities-based) in April last year & had my viva in September. During the five month period, I earned some money doing proofreading and translations. In September, I got an R & R verdict for my work, and am still dragging my feet with the corrections.
I started to look for work aggressively in October last year. I sent about 14 applications and have had 10 interviews. I attended interviews at various unis, colleges and one publishing company.
I had a verbal offer to teach from a uni but as it was 300 kms away from my current home, I had to decline it.
I just recently managed to get a job teaching college students (18-19 year olds). I think the HR people were looking for someone with teaching experience ( I had 9 years' experience) rather than someone with a PhD.
It was a really depressing experience looking for jobs, and the fact that I had to explain my rather dismal PhD performance to all the HR people made it worse. I wouldn't want my kids to go through what I did.
I used to dream of becoming an academic but I guess I have to be content with what I have now :D
If I didn't manage to get any jobs after 2 years, I would probably do proofreading & translation on a more aggressive basis then. I would look into obtaining a certificate of translation from a translation institute or that sort of thing.
Hope this helps.
I have to do quite a lot for my R n R. It involves revising every chapter and adding to the literature review. I can't get access to important books as I am now back in my home country, where books from the UK and the US can be very expensive. I am now relying on journal articles from my UK uni library.
Thankfully, there are certain parts in the thesis which can be re-used, so I just copy and paste the relevant sections.
I just managed to scrape 200 pounds for the writing up fees which could have been useful for getting myself a new laptop. I am now dependent on my spouse as I am still looking for a permanent job. Honestly, I have felt very close to giving up but I can't give up now for the sake of my kids. I need to be a good example to them.
I also had an R n R verdict for my viva last September. I was quite depressed with the outcome and it was only 4 months later that I managed to start working on my thesis.
I was supposed to re-submit in October this year but I applied for leave of absence due to nausea and migraine early this year. I am slowly working on the chapters and hope to re-submit before April 2016.
The r n r is quite an arduous and heart-breaking process to me, because I felt like my four years of writing had been thrown to the dogs just like that, but I'm determined to do my best this time. I would suggest that you take a month's break, wait for the list of corrections first from the examiners and then try to do one correction per day. It is a do-able process so don't be disheartened.
All the best !
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