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Thread: Kicked off PhD

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29-Mar-18, 21:12
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posted about 4 months ago
I agree with Tree, this is very unusual.
Dont make any rushed decision, I understand you are gutted and humiliated but do think about the appeal. This is weird.

Thread: First day of PhD but found out my stipend is 1500 e/month instead of 2800 e/month.

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23-Feb-18, 23:31
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posted about 5 months ago
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In all fairness to the poster, I know someone who got the full Marie Curie monthly salary in the UK i.e. around 3k a month. So, the poster has a point. Doing a PhD is hard work. It's rewarding work, but living off 1.5k a month is pretty tight. Most of us have to subsidize with outside work.


If people can't live off £1500 pm they have a problem. I lived off £800 pm during my 4th year and I lived on my own in a 2 bed flat and I had a car.

Surely not in London.
There are places where you can, there are places where you cant.

Thread: PhD application. Do I stand a chance of a funded PhD in Biosciences?

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13-Feb-18, 21:33
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posted about 5 months ago
No. Always an interview.

From my experience, it is harder with no first at both degrees but certainly not impossible. All PhD's in bio are competitive, not just the cancer ones. Plenty of people already have a good research experience, do you have a summer spent doing research or something similar?

Anyway, good luck.

Thread: Not enough to do?

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17-Jan-18, 10:12
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posted about 6 months ago
If you are already not a great programmer, I would start working on your programming skills. R is great for statistics (and can make beautiful figures) and python (or other language) in general. Great skill to have.

Thread: Hotdesking and laptops

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08-Nov-17, 18:05
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posted about 8 months ago
I find hot desking so distressing that it did play a role in my decision which PhD to go for. I hate not having my own (little!) space and would be stressing out every day if I will have a place to sit. Where do you keep your files, food etc.
I know its getting more popular as it saves a space but I will avoid it for as long as I can.

I have a work laptop but this was budgeted for from my grant. Could you ask your supervisor to get you one so you dont have to drag your own?

Thread: My Supervisor is a bullshitter whose career is based on hot air

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06-Nov-17, 20:13
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posted about 8 months ago
I agree with Tudor Queen, I would look elsewhere for a better supervisor.
If you want to hide that year, you can always say you went traveling as well.

Thread: Starting PhD with maternity leave plans

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28-Aug-17, 16:16
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posted about 11 months ago
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I got pregnant about 10 months into my funded PhD. It worked out great - because my husband took on a massive amount of childcare after my maternity leave finished to give me the space to complete. I submitted on time, and now don't have to worry about being an 'old' mother and can look for jobs without thinking about when to get pregnant. However I do think if you want a career in academia, more than one is madness. I literally do not know a single woman with more than one child who has been able to make that work (unless her husband is a stay-at-home full-time dad).

Make sure before you embark on this route that your husband is totally committed too...you will need his support.

I know several actually and in one case, the husband is also a researcher with his own lab.

Thread: Why did you leave/are considering leaving academia?

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05-Aug-17, 21:45
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posted about 11 months ago
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I agree. I often wonder how is it justifiable that we are researching first world illnesses but milions of people are dying because they have no access to clean water.


That is a good example but in fairness the problem you are describing is not down to a shortage of money. It is down to corruption in the affected countries. No amount of money will fix it without fundamental structural reform.

Well yeah, but I meant is more like why am I here working on this when I should be working on that instead.

Thread: Why did you leave/are considering leaving academia?

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05-Aug-17, 15:39
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posted about 11 months ago

In short, science needs to get its finger out and start doing something to justify its vast budget.


I agree. I often wonder how is it justifiable that we are researching first world illnesses but milions of people are dying because they have no access to clean water.

Thread: Ethical conundrum

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04-Jul-17, 23:40
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posted about 1 year ago
Home office is the body responsible for giving out the licenses in the UK. I would make a call there.

Thread: Studying in Germany

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09-Jun-17, 17:21
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posted about 1 year ago
I dont know about a course but what if you came to Germany as an aupair first? You wouldnt have to pay anything and I believe that is the best way to learn a new language. Additionally, this would give you some knowledge of the Universities (and their quality) there.

Thread: Project with first time PhD supervisor

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16-May-17, 20:12
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posted about 1 year ago
So at the moment I am the only one who has a different experience:) My supervisor is a first time supervisor but I joined the lab when he had it running for a year together with very able technician.
He knows his stuff, has great ideas and is really invested in my progress.
I think this really depends on a person and their abilities. My supervisor is on a prestigious fellowship only a few get so I reckon that could be something that can offer reassurance (not that those not on a great fellowship are not good, just need to look at other stuff as well).

Thread: Research assistant/ Postdoc

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16-May-17, 20:02
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I am gonna have to echo the other people and say that as researchers, we dont believe you can get a postdoc without a PhD. Its a postdoc for a reason. As a post doctorate. Academic one, not a professional.
Would a different country be an option for a clinical doctor?

Thread: 2 years of failed interviews

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16-May-17, 19:57
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I have never seen any age restriction like you mention. I have managed to get 5 or 6 offers for a PhD after I have already turned 30 (bit over actually). So dont worry about that.

Like Tree, I believe that MRes will help you. Good luck and dont give up just yet.

Thread: Publish or Perish

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05-Jul-16, 13:34
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posted about 2 years ago
Quote Also, access to cheaper childcare would help but in my opinion the single biggest thing we could do is to legislate to force all employers with more than 10 members of staff to provide free wrap around childcare on-site for all parents from 8am to 6pm. This would revolutionise the workplace and be the start of true equality.


I absolutely agree with this.
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