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Thread: when self-funding is the only way...

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29-Oct-15, 20:48
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I think some people say that self-funding isnt a wise option but that is for natural sciences. There, after PhD, people will look at who provided your funding (as on other things of course). Wellcome Trust seems to be the holy grail, then BHF etc., then departmental awards etc.
But I dont think everybody looks at it that way anyway.
For humanities I believe it is an entirely different matter. And you are not too old at all!:)

Thread: studentship affect JSA

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15-Oct-15, 20:20
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Yes, I believe it does. It doesnt affect tax credits as the income isnt taxable but housing benefits, JSA etc it will.

Thread: Visual Personality Test - will return the favour!

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07-Oct-15, 20:58
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posted about 4 years ago
Done:) Cool cartoons:)

Thread: interview thank you letter

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07-Oct-15, 20:41
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I wouldnt do it. If it was me receiving the letter I would think of it like someone is trying to gain an advantage, a bit pushy and tbh a bit bum licking...

Thread: 1+3 studentship

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13-Sep-15, 19:34
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posted about 4 years ago
Thats not the way I understand it, can you confirm op?

Thread: 1+3 studentship

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13-Sep-15, 13:01
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posted about 4 years ago
Treeoflife, maybe he was expecting a 14K and not half of the amount?

Give them a call

Thread: Scholarship PhD Students! I need stories please?

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01-Aug-15, 13:10
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I am science and I got offered 5 fully funded PhD's including two funded by BHF, one by Wellcome Trust and two facultly funded ones.
I am a first class student, with experience during my second year summer break (funded by a society) and full year placement in a research envinronment. I had some awards for my academic performance as well.
Saying that, plenty of my other applications got refused so my advice is to keep trying.

Thread: Deciding on PhD topic with too many interests?

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26-Feb-15, 09:54
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posted about 4 years ago
Quote From RinaL:
Any chance of combining them? I too struggle most of my time with various interests. I am basically a "learnt" chemist who has a Bachelors degree in Biology (Virology) and did a Masters in Biomedical Analysis (Masters Thesis in Bioinformatics). And now I do my phD in the gap between the Aging and Dermatology field, have a collarboration with someone in cancer research and plan to do for my thesis some additional experiments with cutting-edge microscopy methods.:-D So yeah.. specialization? Um.. no!

I am fully aware that I will never be THE expert in one of those fields. But on the other hand I am very good in managing problems from different fields (every tried to get a chemist and a medical scientist to understand each other? ;-)). Perhaps I will never publish in Nature magazines and I doubt that I will ever have a career at the university but so far my various interests have brought me much joy in my research and a job offer from a nearby start up company.

In the end it depends on what you want to do afterwards with your degree? Comparing different fields could be a niche, too ;-).


Why do you think you will never be the expert?

Thread: The ex-poly curse

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20-Feb-15, 17:06
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Thank you. I am over the moon. Will be hard logistically but I have to take up the offer:)

Thread: The ex-poly curse

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17-Feb-15, 19:44
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Hi Socialplitik, thank you for your advice. I am sure they are very bright but I believe I am also:). Masters wouldn't be an option for me without a funding (family commitments). However, it doesnt matter now because I have been offered Wellcome Trust studentship at UCL! So yeah, I am good enough! It was hard but its possible. Just wanted to update in case if other people from ex-poly will be searching for a similar thing.
I am really happy because I don't think I could have got much better than that. So dont ever give up:)

Thread: The ex-poly curse

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14-Feb-15, 00:27
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Hi Bewildered. Thank you. I mentioned that the other candidates had BSc as well.
I didnt say I was better, I said we had same qualifications and I actually had more experience than them because they didnt have the year in industry I had or the summer placements. Their experience was a research project in their final year which was in both cases completely unrelated to the PhD project.
I did asked for a feedback, got told no feedback will be given by 3 places and "you were so great but the competition is very high this year" at the other places.

I think the world of application has changed significantly over the last few years, maybe due to the number of candidates to the point where even proper feedback isnt readily given.

Thread: Feeling ver awkward! maybe I should not have done this

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13-Feb-15, 20:26
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Eds :)

Thread: The ex-poly curse

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13-Feb-15, 20:22
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posted about 4 years ago
Hi DrJeckyll. Thank you very much for your advise.

I am a BSc so no masters but I do have a publication.

Thread: The ex-poly curse

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13-Feb-15, 16:38
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Thank you Weetzie for your kind words.

I dont give up. I am prepared to work twice as hard to get one:) I will make sure my child (if suited to an academic life) dont make the same "mistake".
I wasnt born in the UK and Unis in my country are at same level really (there is "the best" and the rest basically but nobody looks down at people from a certain Uni). I just went to the nearest Uni because of my commitments with the course I was interested in. Oh boy.
I dont dispute the fact the intake of student is not as selective but I believe that a student with first is a good student.

Thread: The ex-poly curse

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13-Feb-15, 11:30
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Thank you HazyJane.
I would normally email but these interviews were for Wellcome Trust projects where you can't really email supervisors. You only see the panel and they will decide. PI's don't have any input whatsoever unless you have expressed an interest in somebody at the panel.

I am not quite sure how would that negatively affect my approach to future interviews thought. Obviously I am very positive about the projects.
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