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Thread: Advice Required! How long should you wait for your PhD result after submitting with minors?

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18-Nov-16, 12:22
by faded07
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posted about 11 months ago
Thank you all for your advice and support. It makes such a difference to have your feedback and gain some insight from fellow PhD'ers.

I'm still feeling pretty numb about it all. I contacted my supervisor yesterday and he just replied with a one sentence email saying he would look into it. I think he must have known as he's been very quiet over the past month and hadn't been very proactive in getting any information for me.

Much as I want to push them in terms of time limits etc, I also don't want to rush them into making a decision which might not be to my advantage. I have to assume (and hope) that the university is fighting for me and, I guess, leave them to their own devices until I hear more.

Having looked at the PhD guidelines, there doesn't seem to be any rule as to what happens in this scenario. They've only included a clause on if examiners disagree over what revisions need to be done...in which case the issue goes to senate in order for it to be resolved. I can't find any information as to what happens if they disagree over whether the revisions are up to PhD standard.

I seriously can't believe that I could lose out on my PhD over 12,000 words of revisions when, according to the paperwork I have so far, the other 150,000 words of my PhD are deemed to have met the standards. I worked really hard on my minor revisions and thought they were the best I could produce - I really tried to think outside of my own mind and tried to embody the mind of my external examiner. Evidently that didn't get me anywhere.

I wish there was something I could do but I guess I just have to be patient. I'm scared this is going to go into 2017 now and I just can't bear that thought...the wait gets harder as more time passes.

Thread: Advice Required! How long should you wait for your PhD result after submitting with minors?

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17-Nov-16, 16:34
by faded07
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Hello all,

I heard some disappointing news today which, to be honest, I was half prepared for as I knew a 4 and a half month wait after minors wasn't normal.

After much chasing, I received an email from the office updating me about the situation. It said the following:

"It seems that there has been a disagreement about whether you have met the requirements for the revisions. As a consequence, further consideration is being given to how best to resolve this.

Unfortunately, it may take a bit of time. I understand that this needs to be resolved as soon as possible, but I’m afraid that this is all I can tell you at this stage (as the matter is now lying with senior colleagues). I’m waiting to hear what the decision is about how best to take this forward, and I will certainly get in touch with you when I do receive word."

I'm absolutely devastated...again...I'm kind of becoming numb to the devastation now.

Thread: Advice Required! How long should you wait for your PhD result after submitting with minors?

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15-Nov-16, 16:01
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by faded07
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Hello all,

Thank you for your continued advice. I decided to call up the postgraduate office today as they never replied to my email which was sent a week ago.

I was told that the relevant administrator who is overseeing my paperwork was in a meeting and that I'd get a call back later today (that was at 11am). I waited until 4pm and no call back so I chased them again myself. I then got told that the relevant person was now out of the office so they couldn't give me any information. Apparently I will get a call back with an update tomorrow (I think not...)

Am going to start chasing this a bit harder now but am absolutely terrified of what will be waiting for me at the end of the trail.

Thank you all for your advice and support :)

Thread: Advice Required! How long should you wait for your PhD result after submitting with minors?

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14-Nov-16, 12:27
by faded07
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Quote From timefortea:
Hello anz07 - hope you have heard something by now. I got my examiners' report (passed with minor corrections) through today and it actually says on it that the university will inform the student if the corrections have been accepted within 3 weeks of submission - do you have anything in writing?


Hi timefortea, congratulations on passing with minor corrections! You must be thrilled! I hope you are enjoying some well deserved celebrations :)

Unfortunately I still haven't heard anything. I wrote to the administrator who is overseeing my PhD a week ago but haven't had a reply. I can only assume she is following up with my examiner. My report doesn't give an official turnaround time for my revisions to be marked within and and the postgraduate office confirmed that the examiner can take as long as they want to read through my revisions so I'm completely screwed on that front.

I have a feeling that I won't hear anything this side of Christmas now. The general advice from fellow academics is to chase things up and create a storm about it. The advice from my family, however, is to steer clear of being too pushy. They've seen how badly I've been treated by the university and know that agitating the administration team or my examiner probably won't bode well for me.

I'm just so fed up with waiting now. I feel like I'll never (ever, ever) simply receive an email saying that my revisions have been approved and that my PhD is finally over. I'm just busying myself with my job - if I didn't have that I think I'd be going insane!

Thread: Advice Required! How long should you wait for your PhD result after submitting with minors?

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08-Nov-16, 11:46
by faded07
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Also, I should have said, I have contacted my supervisor about this and his reply was that "it is in progress" and there is nothing more concrete he can tell me.

Thread: Advice Required! How long should you wait for your PhD result after submitting with minors?

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08-Nov-16, 11:44
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by faded07
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My PhD journey has been long and tedious with the most bizarre and stressful occurrences happening (from my viva report being lost to an incorrect result being given to me). If you want to know more please read my old posts.

However, quite simply, I want to know how long you would expect to wait after submitting your thesis post-viva with minor revisions?

I was initially told by my supervisor it would probably take 2 weeks to get a result. It's now been nearly 4 and a half months and I've heard nothing. 2 months ago I was finally enlightened (after some chasing) that my examiner had been signed off ill but was now back to work and reading my thesis. But yet I'm still waiting...

The revisions should take about 2 hours to read through (an additional 12,000 words) which are all clearly marked in the thesis and referenced in my additional explanatory document.

I keep telling myself that I'll wait just another week...then another week...then another...before I start to chase this. I'm extremely concerned that something isn't right but certainly don't want to rattle my external examiner's cage by pushing for a result. However, I have lost job opportunities due to not having the PhD and, like clockwork, another job has come up this week which would be perfect for me and is close to home, but says 'PhD essential'.

Please could I ask all of you for your advice and as much of it as possible. You are all in, or have been in, the PhD struggle: if it was you, what would you do (if anything)?

Thread: Waiting for Result After Minor Revisions

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07-Nov-16, 10:27
by faded07
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Quote From timefortea:
Any news? I hope you have heard something by now.


Hi timefortea, thanks for your message - no news I'm afraid. It's been 4 months and 1 week now. I told myself I would hold out until November so as to not look too pushy and I have definitely reached my limit of patience. I am going to email my supervisor today asking for some reassurance that I haven't been completely forgotten about. Feeling very fed up...

Thread: Waiting for Result After Minor Revisions

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26-Oct-16, 11:39
by faded07
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posted about 12 months ago
Quote From pm133:
Quote From anz07:
Quote From BKA:
Hello, I am sorry you are still waiting. I know its a very difficult situation and I hope that they can sort this out ASAP.
All the best, I think you will get your PhD after the minor revision that you already did. May be your examiner is really sick and may be was admitted to the hospital ,thats why it was taking a very long time.


Hi BKA, thank you for your supportive message. Yes I can only assume my examiner was seriously ill and would obviously understand if this was the case. However, I was told she was back to work as of 6 weeks ago and was reading the thesis but yet I'm still waiting. If this goes into November I don't know what I'm going to do...I feel anxious about the result every day. Will keep you updated!


I know this doesn't help but if your examiner was off sick for so long it is very likely they have a huge list of higher priority things to sort out before your thesis makes the top of their pile. I imagine that is probably what is causing the delay. It may well only be a few hours work to check your thesis but that only matters once your thesis has surfaced at the top of their in tray.
Under these circumstances, some kind of communication to you from the examiner would probably help reassure you that you haven't just been forgotten.


Thanks pm33. I agree - if I could just have some confirmation from the office/examiner that I haven't been lost in the system I would feel calmer about things. After losing my viva report and issuing me with an incorrect result last year, I don't have much faith in them. I know most people already assume a pass when given minors but (if you look back at my old posts) you will understand why I fear the worst. Will keep you posted.

Thread: Waiting for Result After Minor Revisions

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25-Oct-16, 12:52
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by faded07
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posted about 12 months ago
Quote From BKA:
Hello, I am sorry you are still waiting. I know its a very difficult situation and I hope that they can sort this out ASAP.
All the best, I think you will get your PhD after the minor revision that you already did. May be your examiner is really sick and may be was admitted to the hospital ,thats why it was taking a very long time.


Hi BKA, thank you for your supportive message. Yes I can only assume my examiner was seriously ill and would obviously understand if this was the case. However, I was told she was back to work as of 6 weeks ago and was reading the thesis but yet I'm still waiting. If this goes into November I don't know what I'm going to do...I feel anxious about the result every day. Will keep you updated!

Thread: Waiting for Result After Minor Revisions

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25-Oct-16, 10:54
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by faded07
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posted about 12 months ago
15 weeks and I'm still waiting...I wrote to the PGR office a couple of weeks ago to chase it up but they just said that my examiner had been ill which had delayed things and that they were still waiting to hear. It's 12,000 words of extra revisions...it should take a professor a couple of hours to read through that and, fair enough, a couple of hours paperwork too perhaps. But 3 and a half months and still nothing...it's just not acceptable.

Thread: Waiting for Result After Minor Revisions

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11-Oct-16, 15:27
by faded07
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posted about 1 year ago
Quote From chickpea:
I am sorry you're still waiting, anz. It does seem quite incredible that it's taking so long, after all you've already been through. Keeping my fingers crossed that you get positive news soon.


Thank you Chickpea, I appreciate it. Will keep you all posted.

Thread: Waiting for Result After Minor Revisions

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11-Oct-16, 11:13
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by faded07
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posted about 1 year ago
13 weeks and I'm still waiting. After being told I should hear two weeks ago, I was losing sleep and came down with a bad cold from the stress of it all. I was checking my emails about 20 times a day and all for nothing. I'm starting to get very anxious now - it shouldn't take someone over 3 months to read what essentially would take a couple of hours to look through (my revisions were about 12,000 words extra). I received an email today that was circulated to everyone in the school congratulating yet another PhD student on their successful viva and secured PhD. I must have read about 20 of these over the past couple of years whilst I've had to move mountains to get mine...that's if I've even got it.

Thread: Does anyone here pay fees for minor corrections or write up?

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27-Sep-16, 12:17
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by faded07
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posted about 1 year ago
Mine charged around £350 to resubmit. I've now had minor revisions after my R&R but no charge applied.

Thread: Resubmission result - minor corrections !

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27-Sep-16, 12:06
by faded07
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posted about 1 year ago
Congratulations! That is fantastic news! I wish you all the best with finishing your minor corrections. I'm still waiting for my result...!!

Thread: Waiting for Result After Minor Revisions

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27-Sep-16, 12:03
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by faded07
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posted about 1 year ago
11 weeks since I submitted and still no word. I contacted my supervisor to get an update and he said that my external was 'proving elusive' and not replying to anyone's emails. However, a few days later I was told that she had been off sick and was now reading the thesis. That was a week ago and still nothing. My supervisor thinks I 'should' hear this week...but he's said that before to no avail. I have now resorted back into frantic mode where I'm checking my university email account at least 10 times a day. I'm incredibly anxious and feel quite run down with it all. I just want my result now...it's been nearly 2 years since my viva and I'm still waiting due to the incompetent and unprofessional attitude of both my examiners and the administration system. So fed up.
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