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Thread: PgD or MSc?

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13-Aug-18, 15:59
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hi. I would recommend carrying out the remaining MSc courses and get the degree. I think it will help you having better opportunities.

Thread: Unsure about career prospects after finishing PhD this year

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12-Aug-18, 22:33
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30 is too old? Are you kidding? Why do you care about the age of other graduates?
Anyway, just write an honest well written cover letter for jobs you like. Once you have a kick start, the wheel will turn on. Good luck.

Thread: How much ownership can I take on paper / analyses etc

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10-Aug-18, 08:02
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Hi Tudor_Queen. I have not been through this but I will comment on the part about asking and Emailing about small details. I personally feel shy about asking and sometimes I tend to delay work because of not asking. If you are that kind of person, I would suggest to go ahead with your way and ask their feedback when the paper is in a reasonable state.
One of my supervisors did not like to give feedback before the paper is revised by several sudents and is already in a good shape. I would suggest if you can "guess" what they mean or want, go with it. If it is really a blocking point, you may email them.

Thread: PhD from working as a Research Assistant?

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09-Aug-18, 15:51
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Hello. It is really interesting for me to answer as I have taken two RA roles but unfortunately did not lead to a PhD. As a general role, the main advantage of RA is you get more money at the expense that your main focus should be the funded project. If you are UK/EU citizen, paying PhD tuition fees won't be a catastrophe.
In theory and pin practice also, you can register for a PhD and your line manager will be your supervisor also. Your work in the funded project could be included (not necessarly all of it) in your thesis. I strongly advise you to go for it.
If you find in one or two years that the PhD is not going well, you can quit but at this time you should have a few publications which can support your application for another PhD.
There are two things I should warn you from. 1st to have a career in academia, you should have a PhD. Do not spend 6-8 years working as RA without a PhD. The other warning is: do not ignore alerts about insufficient progress of your PhD. You are paid to do RA that is fine but PhD is also very important.

Thread: PhD from working as a Research Assistant?

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09-Aug-18, 12:55
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Hi Polypickleploidy. Could you please tell us if the role is in the UK or other Europe?
In Germany it is quite commin to hire research assistants and in the mean time they pursue a PhD.

Thread: Changing research area after PhD

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08-Aug-18, 09:40
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Hi Kimberley. What I strongly advise you is to be naturla and very honest in your interview. You can say exactly what you feel. If you like the topic and would like to work for it for 3 years, then go for it. If you just wanna have a PhD to start a career in research, I do not recommend that.

Thread: Submit poster abstract without yet having results or inklings about results?

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08-Aug-18, 00:09
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Hi. I think you have some analysis which is not yet concluded. If the abstract is accepted, you will conclude it (because you will have to). If rejected, you would have worked more on the analysis and you can submit it somewhere else.

Thread: Submit poster abstract without yet having results or inklings about results?

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07-Aug-18, 12:54
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Hi. You can try anyway it won't hurt.
I have worked with two supervisors. One of them always believed what we have is enough and worth publishing and pushed me to do it. So in a research assistant job for one and half years I got 3 conference papers and one journal. The other one used to say wait until we confirm by measurements to publish in a better ranked journal so ended up with one conference in 5 years period.
Of course there were other reasons including myself but the attitude of believing in what you did and persistence of publication is really helpful.

Thread: Need advice on the thesis

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03-Aug-18, 14:08
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Hi queen. I look forward to your topic about crap thesis and successful reseachers. By the way, you would be surprised that your thesis won't be crap at all. You may find yours ways above average. Believe me, very few theses are perfect.

Thread: Need advice on the thesis

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03-Aug-18, 13:22
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Hello. I meant the better version of study 1 to submit. Anyway, you have already good reasons to change plans (the re-analysis which proved there were better ways to go than study 2 and study 3). In my opinion you should have a coherent thesis which is expected not to be perfect. I suggest you start with study 1 (original) and say it led to study 2 and study 3. After analysing the results, you can mention study 1 (modified version) and conclude that it " might" be better in further work to go "study 2(modified) and study3(modified).
In short, in thesis you just write a coherent "non perfect" thesis but in your viva you can say that you have analysed this and found better ways to do this but I am afraid they might recommend to redo experiments and resubmit? but hopefully not.
I heared from one PhD students that they like you to critise your work in viva and say it could have been better.

Thread: Need advice on the thesis

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03-Aug-18, 09:40
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Hi. I would agree with kikothedog. Study1 (1st version) then study 2 and 3 were based on it. At conclusion or just before it, the reanalysed study 1. Also try tp publish the new analysis of study 1 in a paper.

Thread: Chances of success

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02-Aug-18, 07:32
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Hi. Congratulations!

Thread: Working and PhD study

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31-Jul-18, 12:15
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Hi. I do not think it is realistic. They are going to pay you stipend and expect you to work full time. If you think you can survive 3 years with the stipend then go for it. Maybe a little luck can get you a bit more money but to be honest, it is unlikely.
Another related/off topic. The PhD salary in UK is low while in Germany for example is high. This comes at the expense that in Germany the PhD is not structured and there is a high possibility to leave after a few years without a PhD (happened to me). In the UK, most PhD students are awarded PhD but the stipend is low I know.

Thread: Research Tech to PhD with lower entry requirements at Oxbridge

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30-Jul-18, 13:31
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Hello. I would say general observations not dirctly related to tier 1 universities. In general if the supervisor is willing to take you and has the fund, the rest is possible. In general having Msc is a plus point. Having a paper is another plus point. It is more likely that she gets you accepted. To summarise, the supervisor has the money and the power to get Phd students and you have enough qualififcations even in their strict criteria to do a Phd. I wish you the best.

Thread: Bullying

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27-Jul-18, 08:31
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Hi. I am sorry to hear you are going through this toxic non supportive environment. I could not personally overcome this and ended up not completing my PhD. Here I can tell you what I wish I have done to avoid this:
Try not to insist on your ideas and try to apply your supervisors ideas in your own way. He is the one who has the power and we have somehow to accept this.
Publish at least 1 or 2 papers as soon as possible (not necessary with perfect results even theory would do). These publication will stand with you during final phase in writing and viva.
Do not expect too much to happen from uni admin, OIA or whatever called
Now you aleardy one year. Try to make this year a better one and always ask your supervisors and panel committee if you are progressing as expected.
The odds of getting a new PhD if you quit are not high. Seeing a great PhD is one thing and getting accepted is another
If you try not to be a very sensitive and try to do your best, I believe in two years you will submit your thesis and get your PhD.
I wish you all the best.
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