I was having a discussion with some friends last night and we were talking about who pays for the binding and printing of the PhD thesis for the viva. A friend of mine was horrified that I paid the £100 or so myself and that my supervisor did not put it on the grant for me. I thought it was the student who normally paid even in the lab setting as the grants are meant for experiments.
Did you pay for the thesis or was it put on a grant code? I am curious to know.
My copies for examiner were printed from my college account and I paid the binding, it was like ten euro. When it came to hard copies, in the college I was in, the student pays. It is also customary to offer hardback to your supervisors. Four supervisors, 5 copies (1 is required for the colleges' library, and muct be given to graduate) of the thesis, set be back just let than 400 euro. Expensive, but I was told of this in my first year so I had put money aside.
The costs indicated above are horrendous.
I used the university printer for the viva copies. If I remember, there were 3 of these but it was £15 in total.
For the final hardback I used an external printer and got two copies. The cost was less than £25 per copy. I got one for me and one for the uni. My supervisor asked me to get him one but changed his mind when I said "No problem, I will get a costing for you". These guys earn upwards of £40k or £50k. They have a bloody cheek expecting a broke student to pay for their copy.
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