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Thread: Terminally ill parent during PhD

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01-Apr-19, 01:19
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posted about 3 weeks ago
I am very sorry for your loss fruibat. I am glad you got to spend some time with her.

Thread: Pregnancy during PhD: dealing with chemicals and advisor

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10-Feb-19, 23:48
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posted about 2 months ago
Hi,

congratulations!

It really depends what chemicals we are talking about i think. I would personally check all chemicals I am working with to see what the risks are.

Thread: Feeling totally defeated

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07-Feb-19, 00:59
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posted about 2 months ago
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Hi Nesrine,
I am in my final year now so I dont yet have the experience. However, just reading about the experiences of others (and obviously witnessing this myself) I have decided to leave academia.
Academia is much more unfair environment. They would retain many more great people, if they would appreciate people's hard work and talent. I am done with it.

So please dont feel like a failure if you do go elsewhere. It might be the best thing you have ever done....


To be fair any environment where there are more people who want to work in it, than there are jobs, is going to be highly competitive and feel very unfair to those who miss out. Academia is far from alone in that. I have a friend who is an actor - the horror stories he's told me make academia look cuddly.


Acting might be worse that's true. But the criteria for success are much easier to understand in industry than in academia.
Nowhere is completely fair.

Thread: Please help - considering formal complaint against University.

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07-Feb-19, 00:56
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posted about 2 months ago
I dont understand what is your problem really... I think you need to start taking responsibility for your own action/inaction.

Thread: Feeling totally defeated

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03-Feb-19, 19:54
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posted about 2 months ago
Hi Nesrine,
I am in my final year now so I dont yet have the experience. However, just reading about the experiences of others (and obviously witnessing this myself) I have decided to leave academia.
Academia is much more unfair environment. They would retain many more great people, if they would appreciate people's hard work and talent. I am done with it.

So please dont feel like a failure if you do go elsewhere. It might be the best thing you have ever done....

Thread: How much did you get drilled on knowledge of techniques you used during your viva?

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04-Dec-18, 21:42
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posted about 4 months ago
Hello,

just as the title say, I wanted to ask how much are you expected to know? I used quite a lot of techniques and I am quite nervous as to how much detail will I be expected to know.
Techniques such as Circular dichroism.

How much into detail do you need to know?

Thread: Kicked off PhD

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29-Mar-18, 21:12
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posted about 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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.
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