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Thread: Horrible masters viva - examiner conduct

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24-Sep-18, 11:51
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Congratulations. I have told you :). Now look forward and all the best

Thread: PhD suggestion

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21-Sep-18, 11:45
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You can google of course but I have a different opinion about applying. Everyone googles and if there is a position, again the competition is high. If you send an email or maybe a paper letter to a supervisor offering him that you can work voluntarily with no salary for an initial period (let us say 3-6 months), you would more likely get a reply and there is a good chance that you receive a positive reply. You might think I want to get a paid position but in my opinion getting a foot in academia is worthy.

Thread: PhD suggestion

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21-Sep-18, 08:51
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Hello. Unfortunately the competition is very high for non EU students. One way is to try to search for a PhD studentship that accepts non EU students but pays tuition for EU/Home fees and pays a living stipend. This means for example you have to pay 13000 GBP and you get around 3000 Home/Eu and stipend around 13000 so you end up with an annual 3000 which I suppose is fine as your partner is getting a salary.
Meanwhile, I strongly recommend to contact potential PhD supervisors in universities close to your living place and ask them for volunteering research jobs. This will add to your CV and if he/she is happy with your performance, he/she might find fund for you to do a PhD or hire you as a research assistant.

Thread: UK or Austria for PhD

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20-Sep-18, 08:36
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Hi. If there is a visa that allows you to work in the UK after finishing your PhD, go for it.

Thread: PhD application waiting time

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19-Sep-18, 13:38
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Two days are very short. It can take from a week to 3 months. Just wait. More likely you will get a reply either for shortlist or rejection. Less than5% do not reply at all if rejected

Thread: How to Keep Sanity intact after being forced to quit first year of PhD

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18-Sep-18, 12:34
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It is sad what you have ben through. But this supervisor is not God. He cannot expel you from paradise. Just move on. Put that horrible experience behind you and look for a job. After one year or so, think again about it.
Cursing your supervisor and the system won't help you to recover. Just try to put that behind and look forward. Easy said, but hard to do I know. The only way to go.

Thread: Should I quit my masters degree?

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17-Sep-18, 14:39
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Hello RZ5. You should not quit. To be honest, your reasons for quitting do not make sense at all. ou are 30, so what? Many Bachelor and Master students are in their fourties and even older. Is 30 the age that someone should stop learning?
How would you know that you get a job in 3 months or even in 3 years? How can an Master tar a Bachelor? A Master with 2:1 is definitely better than a Bachelor with 1:1. How would you plan to explain to prospectus employers about time spent in Master with no degree? This would be seen a sign of personality weakness and lack of persistence.
Having a bad experience in one course is not the end of the world. Just finish what you started and one day (not very far) you would be proud and laugh at the idea of quitting the course.

Blog: Basic engineering

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17-Sep-18, 08:30
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The problem that what I was doing was not very novel but if was integrated into a system with the work of other colleagues would have made something worth publishing. In the end it was my PhD which I should have produced relatively new reseacrch that leads to "own" publication.
I just followed what he said and ended upwith neither a new concept nor a good overall system performance.
If you do not believe you d what you are supposed to do, then confront.
If you see after 50 % of PhD time frame, you have not accomplished 10% of your PhD, there is something wrong.
Supervisors are different. Mine was one of queitest. I should have taken actions rather than waiting for his actions.

Thread: Participants wanted - £100 prize draw for fun ten minute survey!

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13-Sep-18, 12:09
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You should say how many questions. I have finished 50 then closed the website.

Thread: I am forced to Quit Although Performing well

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13-Sep-18, 09:14
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I am sorry to hear this. I have a friend who encountered the same situation. In six months he was told to leave the lab because his supervisors did not think he would finish his PhD on time. He found it difficult to find another PhD with the usual question what was wrong with your PhD and requesting references. But after around 9 months of searching for a PhD, he could get a position and after 4 years now he is about to finish.
One alternative strategy is to search for a job either as RA in academia or industry then after one year, you look if you still wanna do a PhD. By then your chances will be higher because the supervisor would ask about your recent job more than previous jobs.

Thread: Horrible masters viva - examiner conduct

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12-Sep-18, 12:33
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Sorry to hear you had a tough time. In acamdeia (also in indusry), there are researchers who usually do not like work except if is perfect. For example, when I reviewed some papers and gave a good review, other colleagues gave very bad reviews because they tend usually not to like the research of others (and sometimes even their own) easily.
At the end of the day, you will more likely end up with a good grade. The lesson you learn is to try to get used to such hard criticism and try to be less sensitive to it. There is no golden rule for this and assholes usually ittetates us but there are some strategies to "weaken" their effect but they will always exist.

Thread: furthering a career

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12-Sep-18, 09:16
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Congratulations. It would be helpful if you give more information if you want to pursue postgraduate studies or go to industry. Which countries would you consider?

Thread: Part time PhD after unsuccessful one

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11-Sep-18, 10:04
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You are right. I would probably wait for one year and assess the situation again.

Thread: Ways to get postdoc funding to go abroad?

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11-Sep-18, 08:27
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I think the major problem in science (and maybe everything) is money. Applying for fund is difficult and applying for a funded Postdoc/PhD is competitive. Also when you become an experienced researcher/ PI you have to apply for your own fund. I think instituions and research bodies need to invest more in science.

Thread: Supervisor blocking studentship contract

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10-Sep-18, 13:11
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it is up to every academic research to choose if they are happy to contribute to a particular application or not. For example, if someone is against animal testing, he has the right not to participate in any related research even if was not particularly the testing drugs. The same if the research is against someone one's religious belief and you are not in a position to change his ethical/religious/political view. Your point of view about how the research is not harmfull is irrelevant.
He might have thought deeply about the line of business of the studentship sponsor and then decided to add this clause.
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