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Thread: Anyone had a successful refund of tuition fees after dropping out?

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17-Jul-17, 14:24
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thank you so much everyone - I didn't have to formally enrol I don't think - or if I did I wasn't told of it. The MA they have advised, and that I want to do, is not offered at the university that I started the PhD at.

I have an appt with the student union on Thursday. Thanks again as I've had some really horrible responses on another forum.

Thread: Anyone had a successful refund of tuition fees after dropping out?

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14-Jul-17, 13:39
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Long story short... I'm dropping out of my PhD course, partially on the advice of my supervisors who feel that I should do an MA first. I think I should be refunded most (if not all) of my tuition because:

a) the course was not as advertised - they do modules/assignments which is not typical of a PhD but this is not made clear when you sign up.

b) I wasn't told when the modules took place so I ended up missing out on them as by the time I found out, some had passed and others I was at work.

c) It took them a year to tell me that I should do an MA - if I didn't meet the requirements of the course I feel they should have identified this sooner.

However I don't want to burn my bridges in case I want to apply for jobs there in the future or for courses. Even though I have been very unhappy on/with the course I don't want to upset anybody.

What are other people's experiences?

Thread: If I quit my PhD will I struggle to be accepted on another course?

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11-Jul-17, 15:50
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thank you everyone - have had a look and there are no local research assistant jobs but I will keep an eye out as that does sound appealing. I do worry that it would be just as bad at a different university.

Thread: If I quit my PhD will I struggle to be accepted on another course?

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11-Jul-17, 14:40
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Someone on TSR told me I can't just leave things off my academic CV because they don't look good.... I wouldn't include it though. I leave things off my CV, such as jobs that just aren't relevant anymore - I worked in retail for years but now I have work experience in libraries etc I don't need it.

Don't I need a PhD to be a research assistant?

Thread: If I quit my PhD will I struggle to be accepted on another course?

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11-Jul-17, 14:21
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Thank you everyone. I really don't know what to do - maybe I should just stick it out.

Thread: If I quit my PhD will I struggle to be accepted on another course?

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11-Jul-17, 12:18
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It's just making me miserable..... they don't tell me when the lectures are, I missed all the modules at the beginning of the semester. They don't tell me anything really, I feel like I'm constantly playing catch-up. I've tried telling them that I'm not happy, tried talking to student rep, student union etc but no one has been very helpful.

Thread: If I quit my PhD will I struggle to be accepted on another course?

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11-Jul-17, 12:02
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I am really unhappy with the way my PhD course is being run..... it's just not the right fit for me I don't think.

I would like to quit, do an MA and then apply for a funded PhD, do self-funded if I can't get funding.

But I am being told be some people that no university would consider giving me a PhD if I have an "abandoned" PhD on my CV. Now a) I have had a couple of interviews for funding in MA and PhD and they haven't seemed bothered, and b) surely I could just leave it off my CV as I don't want to be badmouthing the university, seeming like I blame them etc.

Is it true though that I will struggle to be accepted for a PhD if I quit my PhD, go back and do an MA and then reapply in a year?

(Reason for doing MA: I've lost all confidence in my academic abilities due to the PhD and I think I need to work on my research methods. I do have an MA but it's in Library Studies and my PhD is in English Literature - I would like to do an MA in English)

Thread: Should I leave my job to start a PhD?

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27-Apr-17, 10:18
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I was advised not to leave my job to do a PhD as there is no guarantee of a job at the end of it - or even any guarantee of getting project approval, just because you have a place. I was told the first year is very provisional. However, as my job was at risk and I wasn't happy there I decided to leave anyway.

I don't regret it, but things are tight financially. Perhaps if you can hang onto your job for your first year as a safety net until you are approved?

Thread: New PhD student.... little overwhelmed

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27-Apr-17, 10:12
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Hi everyone

I started a PhD September 2016. I have anxiety/panic attacks and they got pretty severe, I ended up having to take an interruption and I have just come back to study.

There was a mix up when I started and I never got the module info so I ended up missing the seminars, so I've had no research methods training, no induction or anything. Been told I can do this next year with the first years but my supervisor keeps saying "oh what a shame you missed x, y, z so you're struggling" as if it's my fault.

I sent off for Project Approval last week and not sure I will get it. My supervisor says I'm struggling to sum up my argument and find my academic voice. I have a First class degree and MA, but I worked for a few years before coming back to study so I'm a bit out of practice really.

My supervisor is quite positive/encouraging in meetings, she said I'm getting there and that it's like this for everyone, but then in emails she's critical and she put a snippy comment on one of our meetings, that I need to be more independent and that it's taken me much longer than she expected to improve. I was a little upset that she'd done it this way rather than telling me as if I put a comment up there I need to send it to her for approval first.

Anyway... does anyone have any tips? I just feel isolated and wish there were other students I could discuss my feedback etc with, there's no local research group in my topic so I think I'm going to try and start one but it all feels a bit of an uphill battle right now!
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