I have just won my PhD appeal! It feels like I have got a new lease of life.
I have been allowed to submit my thesis to new examiners as a first submission.
My supervisor seems to have distanced himself from me during this process. I don't know why. He refuses to see me or speak to me, citing being busy.
1) has anyone been in this situation. Is it possible to get a PhD after a successful appeal. It feels like everyone at the Uni has gone suddenly quiet which makes me hesitant to approach or ask anyone for help.
2)as the process of finding new examiners starts would I be allowed to have a say in this. Last time my examiners were chosen for me.
3) The internal examiner will be from the same university. I am fearful that my appeal may have biased everyone at the Uni. Does that leave me any chance of getting a fair go at this second round of submission/ viva.
I am having sleepless nights. Does anyone have any advice.
My viva outcome was a no award. The interview panel had suggested corrections which I had followed.... but the panel stated after the viva that it did not merit any award. I think I did a good viva which was confirmed by the supervisor but I was not given any reason or explanation of why this was a no award and a not even an M.Phil.
I won my appeal on the basis of procedural error. The more difficult bit now, is to try and take this result to a successful outcome.
Has anyone been in this position? Please could I have some advise on how to take this forward. What should I be saying to my supervisors. How can I ensure I get a fair trial at my viva.
Could I take my examination to a new University if I do not feel supported here. I really want to try and give a very good shot to my PhD.
Thanks for all your support.
I think you're the first case I've heard of with an outcome of no award...
I doubt you will be able to take your PhD to another uni if it doesn't get awarded. I've never heard of this either.
Did your supervisors think you had done enough for a PhD? Were they shocked at the result?
You should be able to pick your examiners yourself, as long your uni agrees on your choice.
Thankyou Tree of Life.
My supervisor did not say that my thesis was not upto the mark. I did not get any comments on my overall thesis prior to submission. I had another supervisor who helped with my data analysis who was pleased with the statistical aspect of thesis and my preparation.
My main supervisor was surprised at the outcome but did not offer any support and in fact tried to justify why the panel may have given the award. Till 20 min before the outcome they were telling me what a brilliant viva it was.
If I can't take my PhD outside the University can I ask to change supervisory teams or do you think it would create a backlash. I am not sure if I have already created a backlash by winning my appeal. I am very scared.
I don't think changing supervisory teams will help you now - it's basically between you and the examiners, since you are just presenting the same thesis for reexamination, right? A new set of examiners might approach the thesis and viva totally differently and pass you, which is obviously what you are hoping for.
What I don't understand is why your supervisors are not fighting your corner. Why did they not comment on your thesis prior to submission? Why are they not helping you now?
I think you need to speak to someone else in the department, maybe pastoral care people, or head of the department or graduate school. It is in the interest of the school and university to pass you if your thesis is worthy of a pass.
I agree with TreeofLife that changing supervisors will not help you now. Since your supervisor did not comment/help you before your submission and actually supported your previous examiners' no award, I do not think he will help you now. Besides, he probably knew the examiners, and that is why he did not really support you challenging their decision.
So, think deeply who your new examiners could be. Do you know of any independent senior researcher who knows your field? Propose to your university and see if they accept them. I would also suggest that you talk to your postgrad coordinator about getting support to go through this and your future corrections. From here on, I think you are going without your supervisor, not that he helped you anyway before this.
Tree of Life, Tru,
In principle, I'd agree you shouldn't change supervisors and continuity of supervision when properly done is important to a successful PhD. I also agree it's largely between BeHappy and the new examiners and if she can have a say in who they are then all the better.
My concern was if I was about to resubmit then a further supervisory once over for the thesis might be wise, especially after a bad outcome that had to be appealed against.
A key point in the latter posts not pointed out in the opening post is that the second supervisor is a more helpful person. Using the second supervisor to give the thesis this last once over and to offer any further support and guidance seems to be the obvious thing to do. This should negate the need for a supervisory change.
Thnakyou for your suggestions.
The Panel who gave the Appeal outcome did not give any specific recommendations other than the fact that the thesis is to be resubmitted to a new Panel and treated as first submission. Do they give any specific recommendations?
Also does this judgement mean that no corrections to the thesis are allowed? Considering its a new Panel of examiners the thesis needs to be written/ should be considerate of this new Panel.
Also what if the University goes ahead and appoints a Panel without including me .....ideally they would discuss this with me.... but what if they don't.
I think you should be allowed to make amendments to your thesis before you resubmit. Check with your postgrad coordinator and appeals panel. You may wish to improve it significantly before resubmitting, to prevent a repeat of your previous situation.
Did you previously sign a form to confirm who your panel of reviewers are? In my uni, usually supervisors select the panel members and then students sign a form saying they agree with the selection. Is this the same for your uni? You should be able to select your panel of reviewers. Perhaps you could put forward a list of 3-5 and the university will then select 2-3 from the list. Choose carefully.
Tru, I am not sure how much universities vary in setting up examiner panels but I know in mine, and several others in Australia, there is no option for the candidate to choose their examiners.
These are set up by the university. There is sometimes consultation with supervisors about who they might be but not with the candidate.
Additionally, the examiners remain anonymous to the candidate until after the examination process is complete and reports have been made, and results set. I think the only option for choice is that you can request certain examiners NOT be appointed.
This would be for example, I might request a certain examiner ( someone who I know openly despises and is scathingly critical of mixed methods research), NOT be appointed to examine my mixed methods research study. That would be the limit of my influence.
I agree with Tru in the value of checking with the appeals panel as to whether you are allowed to make amendments. That is great advice. Did the appeals board give you a timeline for the re-submission?
I feel there's a a risk of a little confusion with the above. A couple of extra comments from me.
1) Are you at a UK University or at a University where the examination system is based on the UK model?
If so, you would not normally participate in exam panel selection. The University in consultation with your supervisors will select the two (one external, one internal) or three examiners (a third one may be included in the case of subject specialisation) and it is unusual for the candidate to be consulted. I hope given you have successfully appealed they will talk to you about this.
If you are being examined in the USA, then the student plays a major role in the selection of a larger examination panel. If you are in the USA, then as "tru" suggests, select carefully.
2) "Pjlu", I'm not suggesting major amendments by a further "once over". All I'm saying give it a read through to pick up anything obvious. It is a re-examination following appeal thus reworking is inappropriate until the outcome of the new examination is known. Asking if such a once over is allowable is fair comment.
This is a serious case of sit down in a pub with someone else who's been through the same thing. Didn't Marasp (I think) have to appeal?
The problem is most of us have not been in "appeals" territory.
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