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It seems that this is now more of a political issue than anything else (in other words, the internal is being extremely meticulous). I have already started doing each and every amendment he's asked for (including silly word changes and typos). 2 of the 4 (it was 6 but I finished two and 100% that these changes will be approved) are worrying me in the sense that they are more substantial. My supervisor told me to just be honest: if I cannot find the data they are asking for I should just say it (and my supervisor is confident I won't be able to get it as governments don't disclose that kind of info to anyone let alone a PhD candidate). The corrections were given to me in writing but he's added a few more typos and grammatical ones here and there- I will do them and if he THEN comes back with more issues I'll probably appeal with my supervisor's help. Do you think that's a good approach?
Hi Dr Jeckyll,
Initially I was given 3 months as they were minor, but my supervisor told me I can have up to 6 months (as 2 of the corrections are more substantial). Since there's been this delay from his part I'm assuming there's enough flexibility for me to address his comments (I'd rather bide my time and do a better job than send the revised version quickly only to get finicky comments again).
I spoke to my supervisor via phone today (I'm currently getting teaching and research experience overseas), and he's even angrier than I am as he thought my revisions were excellent and addressed the main issues. He believes this has nothing to do with my work but rather the examiner (who he knows) being extra finicky and picky. My supervisor has been EXTREMELY SUPPORTIVE, and for that I'm grateful.
The only thing is that I've got 2 major changes whereby I have to elaborate on policy implementation in a given country, and the examiners specifically said I don't need to do any more fieldwork, and given that I'm not in Europe it's hard for me to start doing fieldwork. Would it be possible to just explain that I've tried to email/get in touch with relevant people and I still cannot obtain access to the required data?
I feel for you on your paper as that's the position I'm in; but you don't think there's a chance they'll refuse to give me the PhD- makes no sense since I've already passed, don't have to resit and resubmit, only need to send revisions to the internal? My supervisor advised me to just work on it and no need to think about appeals/etc so prematurely.
Just joined this valuable forum as I'm currently going through an anxiety episode. Basically, I passed my viva with corrections five months ago- I was given a list of 6 corrections (4 minor/ 2 are more major or substantial). I don't need to resubmit and I don't need to sit another viva- I just have to send the corrections to my internal examiner who then approves the stuff and lets the uni know.
I did my corrections nearly 4 months ago and my internal only replied yesterday, and he apparently still expects even more revision (i.e. he wasn't entirely satisfied with my corrections). I was told post-viva that I won't need to do any additional fieldwork which is why I left the UK (I told them that) and am getting teaching and research experience overseas. Now I've received the revised draft and was shocked at the number of comments there.
I emailed my supervisor, who will also be shocked as he thought my revision looked great (in fact, he thinks my PhD is so good I must convert it into a book). I'm very worried I'll fail and not get the PhD- is that possible at this stage? Please help- many thanks.
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