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Thread: Failed viva

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05-Oct-19, 20:37
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I am sorry that you had to go through this. Unfortunately I doubt the university would change the supervisor too. For them you are a burden who they would like to get rid off. Even your desk and computer they would try to take back as soon as possible. Try to get help from Postdocs or secondary supervisors but at the same time do your best to finish. I wish everything goes well soon.

Thread: I'm starting a PhD but the position I was waiting for just came out

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05-Oct-19, 20:31
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If you want to apply for the new PhD then do it. But if I were you, I would prefer to concentrate on what I have. If things with my current position do not go well, then I would start looking for alternatives.

Thread: Working whilst doing PhD

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25-Sep-19, 12:22
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posted about 2 months ago
I do not have this experience but I think it should be OK. Probably 18 hours is too much. Most importantly, do not waste your valuable hours. If you spend 20 hours at PhD work, concentrate and spend 20 efficient hours not just hanging around like some PhD students. do.

Thread: possible outcomes of minor corrections

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25-Sep-19, 08:45
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I agree with the above comments. Only if you really ignored the corrections in a bad way. I think "genuine effort" would be appreciated in 99% of the cases.

Thread: PhD Fellowship is lower than I was told

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25-Sep-19, 08:42
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Hi. Sorry to hear that. I understand what rewt said about PhD salaries in the UK. It is terrible but this is why many decide to do a PhD in continental Europe. 1450 Euro seems a bit reasonable. Moreover it was agreed already. Putting salary in assessment criteria is not something you should be ashamed of. You have already gone from 2200 to 1450. It is absolutely your right to be financially "OK" during the next 3-5 years. Otherwise it might affect your progress. Now you can ask your PI if there is a way to include additional compensation. Sometimes they hire students in a part time project and give them extra money.

Thread: At what stage do you approach potential supervisors?

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23-Sep-19, 08:48
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Being self funded is a great advantage. Funding is the most important. You do not have to have a full proposal. Just contact potential supervisors directly.

Thread: Ethical Dilemma: Conflict between supervisors

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20-Sep-19, 08:05
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I am not sure I understand it correctly. Supervisor A offer you a PhD position. Supervisor B offered the same position or a different one? Or Supervisor B is just talking?
You can choose what is good for you. There is no ethical committent to follow a particular one. Nevertheless choosing based solely on academic reputation/research output is not the best idea.

Thread: Examiners judging my research on the wrong elements?

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19-Sep-19, 13:58
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Hi Azhan, I am sorry to hear that. I agree with Walter_Opera. I have seen in some universities that they want you to have "what they believe" a necessary theoretical background. They should have told you earlier before accepting you. If like noted by pm133, they want you to explain the theory behind your work, then you have to be able to do it. But requiring a "general" background in math is not fair in my opinion. If you understand the math behind your work, you should be fine.

Thread: PhD Acceptance

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16-Sep-19, 12:58
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It might but it should not. There are enough open minded prospective PhD supervisors. Just apply and do not think of it as basic hurdle.

Thread: A bit of advice please (I am a newbie)

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16-Sep-19, 12:52
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posted about 2 months ago
Hello. I am not going to answer all questions as some of them I personally ask also :).

Quote From newfuture:
As I will be 40 next year, I am wondering if this age is too old?

Absolutely no. I had my Master 10 years after Bachelor. Age does not play any role. 40 is not too old (I am above 40 and still think of a part time PhD).
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Also I would register as p/t and aim to complete in 4 years, would there be much time for part-time work?

First, I am thinking of doing exactly like you but I would try to answer anyway. Short answer, there is not that much time. 4 years is tight for full time students. For part time, would be tighter especially if motivation is lost.
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How much of the week would generally be spent on PhD work?

I would say at least 5 hours with full concentration per week. Preferably 10 hours.

I am in the same boat like you. I wonder if I should really do it and sacrifice the valuable time to do it? Would it be wiser to spend that much time on improving at work or to develop a hobby? Is it anyway better to spend time to do a PhD other than just passing time for nothing? Difficult questions I ask myself. I wish you all the best.

Thread: Lab / group size

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16-Sep-19, 12:13
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posted about 2 months ago
A late reply but it might help. Yes, if the group is performing well and there is a few number of PhD student/postdocs in comparison with similar group, I would ring the alarming bells. Collaboration will definitely help. It might be insufficient but better than nothing. You can detect possible a**holes. Asking other lab member might help. They might be honest. The worst you can get is not getting info which is already the case now.
I heard of a group which was a "crazy" professor and only a single PhD student. I think you do not want this. Also one fast first class professor in my field was known to be an a**holes. Despite him being close to one of my favourite cities around the world, I would never consider working with him.

Thread: Quitting a Phd that I already accepted

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16-Sep-19, 10:37
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Quote From pm133:

Eng77 was entirely wrong to tell you to "be grateful". You owe nobody anything and should do whatever you feel is best for you. Others may well have given their right arm to be offered that opportunity but that is their problem not yours. You can't spend your life toning down your ambition because others out there fail to achieve theirs. You earned the right to turn that position down. They did not. Their problem, not yours.

Thinking there are plenty of opportunities there because you have one is not helping. Believing that what happens to others cannot happen to you is wrong.
I would prefer to take a wider look of what is going there and what are my opportunities comparing myself with peers with equivalent qualifications and the available opportunities. Are the opportunities by any means in academia sufficient to accommodate well-qualified candidates? If someone stands as an average or slightly above average, he/she should be then very careful.

Thread: Certain odd jobs vs potential 'real' position

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12-Sep-19, 09:23
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Hello. Do not feel sorry for yourself. It is the cruel academia not you. You definitely deserve better. Keep on applying for real positions in academia and everywhere else. The only way to get out of this is to apply everywhere and keep applying until you have a "real concrete" job offer that somehow satisfies your goals. I wish you all the best.

Thread: Quitting a Phd that I already accepted

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11-Sep-19, 08:05
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Quote From Sandrett:

Hello, thank you for your advice, it will be useful and I appreciate you being hard on this because honesty is absolutely what I need, but please don't talk about things you don't know. I am grateful for what I obtained but I know how hard I worked to get here and I think I deserved everything.

Ok. Now the situation is completely different. If you have two offers, absolutely, it is wise to compare. Put also in comparison the prospective supervisors. If possible, try to see review about them not only their research output but also how they deal with PhD students.
If you feel that you deserve your offer and you are grateful at the same time, then you have the right attitude. I just warn you because I have seen some PhD students who think they are the gift of heaven to the lab. I do not want you to fall in this trap. Appreciating what you have and still feeling qualified for it is a difficult but a helpful mixture.
If I were you, I would go with my gut feeling. The difference in money does not matter much if you would be able to pay your bills. The reputation of the lab will not make a big difference. The project, supervisors and your personal gut feeling are more important especially for people who passionate and emotional. I personally follow my gut feeling and passion and recommend everyone to do this unless it is really crazy.
Whatever your decision is, do not regret it and close the page of the rejected offer and move on.

Thread: Worldwide opportunities or grounded somewhere?

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10-Sep-19, 11:09
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posted about 2 months ago
Hello. You may have to set priorities first. Which is more important? moving to the West or carrying your research and obtain a PhD?
In my opinion, it is not impossible to have a PhD from Hong Kong and find a post in Europe. Although in continental Europe finding a Postdoc is ways difficult than finding a PhD.
Do you plan to live in Europe forever? are you looking for a "new" home country? If this is the case, I would recommend you to research the prespectives in all your destination countries and check whether you really need a PhD or not. Also take care of what residence permit opportunities available if you want to pursue MPhil.
If you want to go for an nice couple of years adventure in Europe, then you can finish your PhD and then look for opportunities.
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