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I think it is awful and it is terrible news.
These loans have been introduced to replace grants. There is no way a PhD is even worth £75K of loan! Only the wealthy and middle class will be able to afford to do a PhD in the future, and the Conservatives have long had this agenda, even in relation to undergraduate degrees. The only I hope I have is that tomorrow we as a nation vote the conservatives out of government! So everyone, please go out and vote, and vote the Tories out!
I am in a similar position. I only have a few changes, so it shouldn't take them long to check it over. I gave them 3 weeks but I am also wondering whether I should chase it up or ask my supervisor too. Really want to graduate this summer, it'll be lovely in the summer, especially for the pics ;-)
I wouldn't discount Open Uni. The key thing is having good (nice), experienced and responsive supervisors. Generally, with OU I have found they are very responsive to email because of the distance working approach. I would go with your gut feeling too.
But 5 supervisors?! Never heard of anyone have that many but it might work in your favour. They certainly won't be slacking at that rate.
Mine felt very simple too but simple is good, examiners also find it easier to understand. You are less likely to fail and be questioned about it or asked to defend it. As long as the research will create new knowledge, don't worry about the "simple methods". All you'll have to prepare for in the viva is, was there another way to do this, what is it and did you consider it? I wouldn't worry at all.
I empathize with you, there is no way a fully funded PhD in London can cover living costs.
It would be a shame to give up having come this far.
Does your university have a hardship fund? I believe this is the time to apply for it, and I believe you would be given at least some form of financial support to cover your living costs.
You also need to perhaps look at reducing costs. Which zone do you live in? Could you move say to the end of the tube lines where rent is a lot cheaper. The other thing you could do is reduce the days you go into your office, so save on travel costs.
I believe another way to make money and a lot of undergraduates do is become a private one to one tutor. As a PhD student you could charge around £15 per hour or even more. I have heard it is quite lucrative.
Also encourage your partner to consider casual work to get some experience. For example in retail.
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