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Thread: Should I quit my research assistant post!

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23-Apr-19, 14:26
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posted about 7 months ago
Is your PhD fully funded? Do you need the job financially as a full time? If your PhD is fully funded, I woud agree with ncrbrts to try to work less hour for less salary. If not possible, I would recommend to take a retail job.
Career wise it would be nice, but you tried it and believe me, there is no good coming from what you describe.

Thread: Publishing undergraduate thesis - NEED URGENT ADVICE!!

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11-Mar-19, 10:50
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posted about 8 months ago
Hello. First congratulations for getting something worth published in peer reviewed journal in Bachelor's work. It is really something.
The situation you described is not easy and you know it. I think you can only reposnd saying that this analysis was outside the scope of work. If the reviewer think it is mandatory to accept the paper, there is nothing you can do to convince him.
The second alternative is to submit to another journal which less strict criteria. Then the chance is higher. I had a paper gone back and forth for two years until accepted in another journal. In your PhD application cover letter and CV, you should mention your paper and state it is under review. Not all PhD applicants (and even graduates) have publications.

Thread: to brush up on basics or not

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10-Mar-19, 10:02
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posted about 8 months ago
You can put studying what is required immediately as a priority while spending (at least) two hours a day in refreshing the fundamentals. In my field, I found that the fundamentals are almost everything. In industry interviews, I was only asked about the fundamentals. Also having solid theoritical background would help in presentations and viva and improve your image in front of colleagues.

Thread: US Universities charge PhD students out-of-state tuition?

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01-Mar-19, 17:43
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posted about 8 months ago
It looks like a soft rejection. In UK they used to say they have no funding for non EU applicants. It looks like the US version

Thread: I Am Struggling and Don't Know What To Do

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28-Feb-19, 08:09
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posted about 9 months ago
I am sorry for hearing you had this horrible cold harted experience. If supervisors are not to support their PhD students, then of what use are they?
Having a prominent academic and a distinguised professor in the panel was not the best idea. Your supervisors should not have done that from the first place. They are academics who rarely like any work and are very hard to impress.
I would recommend to fight for the PhD and try as much as you can to prevent the downgrade to MPhil. In the meantime, you could take a short break (a week or two). It is also not a bad idea to start looking for another PhD just in case.

Thread: 'Anonymous' peer reviewer just emailed me about my article...

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27-Feb-19, 11:59
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posted about 9 months ago
Quote From Nesrine87:

It's quite confusing when one reviewer is happy and recommends only minor changes and the other completely rips it apart and says that I need to completely change the angle of my argument.


Reviewers differ from each other. After reviewing many articles, I have "discovered" that I am of the kind of "soft reviewers". But I do not have intention to change this. On the other hand, I had colleagues who were really hard reviewers and tend not to like or appreciate any work submitted.

Thread: 'Anonymous' peer reviewer just emailed me about my article...

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27-Feb-19, 10:40
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posted about 9 months ago
I would recommend that you reply thanking him briefly for his feedback. Then follow the "official" recommendations from the journal reviewers and look at his personal recommendation if they are different from what he wrote offcially and try as much as possible to follow them. It is not nice I know but this is life. Not everyone knows how to express his opinion nicely.

Thread: The outcome of a viva was a resubmission

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20-Feb-19, 12:05
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posted about 9 months ago
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Quote From Nazz:


The rules state that for a resubmission, there is re-viva with the same examiners. Psychologically, emotionally, and mentally, I can not see the external again. I am angry for the unfair way that I was treated and felt let down my the internal, who was also the chair, for not intervening.



Perhaps you can discuss with your supervisors and head of postgrad to change the external examiner. In my uni, the external examiner is selected based on the recommendation of the supervisors with the agreement by the senate. Perhaps ask your supervisors to recommend a better external examiner?

This is terrible. I am sorry for this. I hate those cause pain for others just because they do not like them.
This is a general problem. Before viva, supervisors can recommend external examiners. But after viva, you cannot change the external because you do not like what he said. Now the argument should focus on "lack of fairness" and how she was unprofessional and spoke about irrelevant things. Theoritically, the internal examiner, who might also act as a chair of examination process, can push twoards a new external examiner. In paper submission and review, you can request that a particular reviewer NOT be a part of the review process and you might recommend some reviewers. Hopefully the faculty can understand this and appoint a new external.

Thread: Checkmark for guaranteed SR = WR

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15-Feb-19, 12:26
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posted about 9 months ago
Execuse me, what is this? does anybody understand anything?

Thread: Not sure if I should transfer?

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06-Feb-19, 23:25
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posted about 9 months ago
I would say your "contact" is more likely jealous. She is from this kind of people who suck happiness from us. They say negative comments in order to destroy your moment of achievement. Go forward and concentrate on your research. Remember that many brilliant students do not get a chance to do a PhD at all.

Thread: Weird question

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01-Feb-19, 10:40
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posted about 9 months ago
Hi. I would first try to translate. Defending thesis here you mean starting a PhD in that area or you already finished and you mean contacting examiners in these areas?
If you have an opportunity to do biology and want a postdoc in biology, why do you want to do in Medicine? However I believe doing postdoc in a slightly different specialisation is not uncommon.

Thread: Pronouncing difficult (and not so difficult) names

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31-Jan-19, 08:15
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posted about 10 months ago
Absolutely. Especially if the names are not latin names

Thread: PhD dilemma

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30-Jan-19, 12:14
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posted about 10 months ago
I am really sorry for what you going through. Sincerely sorry because I was in a situation somehow close. I was doing a PhD based on fantastic results done by a previous PhD student. He achieved good results but the way they were presented made them look like a Noble prize candidates. The supervisor insisted that I should build on this work to get a bigger system and publications and eventually a PhD. The first problem was, the results are not that fantastic as they were presented. The second, the "innovative" work was already done and the supervisor asked me to do "normal non creative" work to add to this "innovative" work to build a brilliant system.
To make long story short, after five years, I left without a PhD and with disappointment and shame.
Now you spent two years. Do not wait one more year to discover it won't work. My problem was also that supervisor was not accepting the fact that we can do other research or the fact that previous research is not as great as he thinks.
Start fresh. Go for the scholarship. A real Master is better than a fake PhD (if any). No one would stop you after Master from pursuing another PhD.

Thread: Creative Writing PhD

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25-Jan-19, 19:23
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posted about 10 months ago
First thing is the supervisor then he tells you if there is a fund.

Thread: Working PT alongside EPSRC funded FT PhD?

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25-Jan-19, 13:14
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posted about 10 months ago
Hi. I would not recommend that. 17 hours per week means 3.5 hours per day. This is a lot. I am sorry for being rude, but I have to be. Be grateful that you earn enough money from the EPSRC funding and you are single so 14-15k tax free, council tax free would be absolutely fine. Appreciate what you have. I do not think PhD time was meant to save money.
If you do not like the money of the PhD, then try to search in Nordic countries, Germany and Switzerland. There you can earn above 2000 Euro net per month.
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