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Hi Delta
I'm Australian and live in Australia so am happy to answer any questions. Pm is prob the best for me.

I guess the only thing that I can add to Pjlu's fantastic post is that planes go both ways. We might be at the bottom of the world, but in the scheme of thing, we are not really that far away if you need to get back :)

Aiming to finish off by 31st December! Is there anyone else?

I just wanted to say hi and that I'm still here too. I feel like such a failure. I was really planning on submitting before Christmas 2011. My relationship with my sups has completly broken down. My head of school recomended that she and another senior academic in my school read my thesis as I was not getting anywhere with my sups. So now I have to wait until end on March when they have promiced to get feedback to me.

No one has read through my entire thesis before, so it will be good to get some complete feedback. But I know that my conclusion chapter is not quiet right, no one has read it before, so I'm not expecting it to be right. So even with the best case seniaro that the rest of it is ok, I'm sure that they will want me to make changes to the final chapter. I could still be here in a few months.

I've just been offered my ideal academic job and have convienced them to let me start in July, thinking that my thesis will be in by then. I really hope that it is. :-(

Deadline is this summer - let's do it together!

Thanks for the update Dunni.

I'm still here. My sups are currently looking over my final draft. My uni says that they can have 6-8 weeks to do this, so they are taking all of that time. It's a bit frustrating, but there is nothing that I can do about it, so all I can do is wait. If they are happy with it I should still be able to submit before christmas, if not then it will be in Jan. I am in Aus, so no viva for me - but it has to be right first up.

Thanks again

How to stop word going crazy

I'm working with word and endnote, and the only way that I could get it to work was to cut and past all chapters in one at a time, update endnote and then save, then do the next one. Before I did this, I had all of the chapter headings in, so that I could make sure that everything was in the right order and endnote wouldn't have a melt down if i needed to move massive chunks of text around. It is a bit slow working on it when trying to update the references, but its not unworkable. I have also done my toc now, so that might be slowing it down a bit?

writing up qual findings

I have a similar problem. I have tried to vary the language, not sure if I have done it with any success. Here are a few examples:

For some interviewees the effect of the thickness of potato skins when eating chips results in a change in the perception of the flavour:

*and then put a quote here that supports the above statement.

While others discussed how an increased perception of flavour, resulting from increased potato skins and additional salt influenced the joy of eating chips:

*another quote here that supports the above statement.

so rather than saying x reported this . I have tried to say this is what x said, then repeat what they said, but in their words.

Hope that makes sense

change your sitting area

Good tip Naturalme!

I also find standing up helps. I prop my screen and keyboard on some books and stand for half an hour or so. I think it makes a difference too.

Aiming to finish off by 31st December! Is there anyone else?

Hi all,
I think I’m going to tentatively join this group. I am hoping to submit before the end of the year, but I really wanted to have submitted by now, so I’m trying not to get my hopes up.
I’m doing my thesis by published articles. So I have 5 articles that form my research chapters, four of these are done, and one is just about to be sent off. My introduction, lit review and methods are all locked away. And I have linking chapters between the research sections to provide more context which are also basically done. I am currently working on my discussion/conclusion, and think I should have it in a good state in about 2 weeks. At the moment I’m not sure if my sups want to see the discussion alone, or if they want to see the thesis all together, so that will either be 2 weeks for discussion, and then a week for me to work on the comments, and then 6 weeks for them to look at the whole thesis again, or just 6 weeks to look at the whole thesis. They have read and commented on all of the chapters without the discussion.
I think this puts me in a position to submit in about 12-14 weeks, which means I should just scrape in before the end of the year.

All the best (tree)

chapter titles

Mine are completely unimaginative.
Chapter Two: Policy and Historical Context
Chapter Three: Methods and Methodology

The research chapters are papers - so their titles. Followed by the very cleverly named
Chapter Nine: Discussion and Conclusion

Can you have a peak at some of your sups previous students chapter titles to get a sense of what she's after?

I passed!

Congratulations! That is fantastic news!!!

Does anybody have access to this paper?


Does anybody have access to this paper?

Hi Moonblue,

I have access to this, pm me your email address and I'll get it to you.

Cheers, FM

Offered Interview, but......

Congratulations on the interview!

I think you can ask for another time. If they have liked your application enough to give you an interview, they hopefully they have the ability to change the time of the interview for you. However, if they can't, then you have to either be able to work something out re: childcare, or let the interview go. I would give them a call to chat it through.

Good luck (up)

Someone has referenced my PhD Thesis!

That's fantastic news! Well done!

Deadline is this summer - let's do it together!

Congratulations Slowmo! Fantastic news!

I have just gotten all of my revisions back from sups, and amazingly enough it's not as bad as I thought it was going to be. So revisions, revisions, revisions over the next few weeks. Try to get my discussion in order, and maybe I will actually be able to make it in by Christmas(tree)

Keep up the good work everyone!


Does anyone have access to this article:
J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 1991,2(4):28-32.
Gay men and HIV/AIDS: understanding the double stigma.

Grossman AH.