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How do I know if I should leave my PhD?
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Quote From jxlx:
I know! Several people go in on weekends but I can't (normally) do that because I go back to see my partner and our cats most weekends. Although with the pandemic my ability to do this has been seriously affected which is really getting me down :(

I have a second supervisor but he's so absent - he has no idea what I'm doing and I've only ever had 2 meetings with him since I started last year. He's getting ready to retire so I don't think he's too invested. I just wish I had someone to go to who can guide me with my research. A lot of this is new to me and often times I don't know why things aren't working. I need more feedback than just "try it again".

I'm not expected to reply to those emails in the middle of the night but I have had emails as late as 9:30pm which I've had to reply to. I understand that science is an around the clock thing but I wish I had some time to switch off.


Sounds like you're really being let down by a lack of support in place :( There must be pastoral support academics, head of department or someone who you can go to? You have to fight your own corner, unfortunately, but it's invaluable to have another academic's support. Be very clear that you're not going to respond to emails outside of working hours.

At least you're trying to have work-life balance while the others are slaving away at weekends!

A lawyer with experience in university policy
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Phd20sb should absolutely seek advice from their Students Union, supervisors and any other points of support before deciding to take legal action. Going through the uni's complaints procedure should be the first port of call. Make a noise about what has happened. Are your supervisors supportive, Phd20sb?

I'm just shocked at the suggestions that they should passively and quietly accept what's happened because there are lots of douchebag academics/it's safer to just get on with the unfair corrections/the examiners did nothing wrong/it's not illegal. In fact, it's literally a Hate Crime to be racist. Decent unis will also have policies against staff slagging off students in this way... it's completely justified to make noise and seek an apology here.

Maybe I just have a stronger sense of injustice than you lot lol, but I would hate to be in an academic culture where we encourage each other to stay silent and just get on with it rather than speaking out.

How do I know if I should leave my PhD?
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Oh no what a horrible work culture, 'silent competition of who can stay in the lab the longest' ew :( sounds like you had really bad luck in the type of supervisor you got and the lab culture you're in. No decent supervisor dictates to you the amount of hours you work lol. They're meant to support and guide you, not stress you out. Do you have a second supervisor or personal tutor or head of pastoral support or some other truthworthy academic you can speak to about your issues re the meanie supervisor?

Btw is there an explicit expectation that you answer their emails in the middle of the night or are they just a nightowl? A bunch of academics at my uni specify at the bottom of the email something like, 'Under the current situation I may be working outside of office hours. Please do not feel obliged to respond to emails outside of office hours; we all have our own working hours/mine may be different to yours'

A lawyer with experience in university policy
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I mean I'm more struck by the fact that the examiners mocked this student, laughed at them and said inappropriate comments about their country? Anyone would be upset at this. How unprofessional and gross of the reviewers. By saying the reviewers did nothing wrong apart from leaving the camera on, are you suggesting it's ok or normal for reviewers to slag off students in this professional setting?

It's also not our place to 'evaluate' whether what they experienced was racism or not and I don't think we should expect a transcript of these hurtful remarks in order to believe Phd20sb.

Oh and they also said the major corrections report does not even match what was discussed in the viva outcome... I'd be annoyed about that too!

Recording of online viva- academic scandal
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I would absolutely encourage you to raise a complaint and seek an apology. Speaking out against racism and unprofessional academics is the only way either of these things will ever change.

I'm sorry you had to experience this but I'm also glad the internal's technological incompetence led to their true colours being revealed :) It's only fair that you let the uni know the way their employees behave.

A mistake with registration document of phd made
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As always really well put Em! Can I hire you to write my emails when I make mistakes :)

Passed my viva!
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Wow that's great! Thank you!

5 tips for PhD survival!
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I bet he is! And I'm wowed by that cat emoticon! How do you get them on this forum?

Passed my viva!
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Congratulations! :)

Can anyone translate 'My advice is to know your epistemology and ontology, ensure you know your paradigm well' into layman's terms?

To Improve This Forum
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Good point rewt, and thank you Lauren!!

5 tips for PhD survival!
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Thumbs up from me! Number 5 is a god-tier tip :)

To Improve This Forum
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Two minor things that spring to mind to improve this forum:

1. Emojis/emoticons like on the student room. They can make the forum look more fun and inviting; just bc we are doing PhDs doesn't mean we're boring. Plus they help with tone.

2. Option to delete your comments, again like on the student room. I triple posted on another thread here and there's no option to delete mistakes lol.

Hope this isn't too cheeky.
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PhD Funding
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Quote From Em89:
highlight what has gone 'wrong' but don't dwell on it, and highlight how you overcome it. For instance if I had to write about my job performance it would be this:

'During the pandemic I experienced some anxiety with working in a very different way, initially this impacted my performance. However I have learnt so many new ways of working now, and new strategies that should I face sudden disruptions to work and life I am now well prepared, as evidenced by my ability to bring the research project up to date'

Think about how much stronger you are as a person because you did your masters during a global pandemic, think about all the new strategies you've learnt, how you've found ways to overcome barriers. Turn this awful year into your biggest strength!


this is so good, framing a potential negative as a positive *applause* it's such an important skill to be able to market yourself well!

PhD Funding
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why is there no option to delete comments oops

PhD Funding
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ok i made a mess of this quoting business