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Thread: General advice - first year upgrade

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09-Jul-18, 18:05
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Hi all,

I'm coming up to my first year upgrade interview - I've done my presentation and submitted my report a month ago. Does anyone have any general tips/suggestions for the interview? I have about two weeks to go.

Thanks,

Kenzie

Thread: PhD fellow vs PhD candidate

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09-Jul-18, 18:03
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I've never heard of a PhD fellow. A PhD candidate is, I believe, someone who has passed their first year upgrade right? Not entirely sure.

Thread: Poster Software

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03-Jul-18, 19:22
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Yeah, I had an issue with this quite recently. We had a poster competition and I was using Powerpoint, and then I looked at some of the other students' and they looked amazing, and most said they used other software. I'm hunting down something that isn't horrendously expensive too.

Thread: 2 weeks left and 10k to write

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03-Jul-18, 16:33
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I definitely missed this.

I am a first-year and nowhere near such a hurdle yet, but all I wanted to say is that 10k is doable in 2 weeks. Set yourself small, manageable goals (for example, 500 words this afternoon, read A and B tonight) and keep track of them. Make notes for yourself going forward - things that you think of to include later on.

I know it's really hard, but you have come this far - try to think positively and get the thesis in and worry about the viva afterwards (this is my advice, anyway).

It sounds like your first supervisor is a bit over the top and as Tudor mentioned, definitely think about yourself first and foremost. Remember that they are not the ones submitting the thesis - you are. It is your thesis and your decision about what to do.

Thread: Is it okay to expect advisor(s) to offer a word of condolence?

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03-Jul-18, 10:52
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Hi Karma,

Very sorry to hear about your loss. Just one point - do you think that maybe your supervisors simply didn't know what to say? It can be very hard to talk to someone whom you know is going through such a difficult time, and it could be that they just didn't know what to say to you.

I would have expected a reply too, but still, just something to consider :)

Thread: Will I be too old to apply for Ph.D. at the age of 30

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29-Jun-18, 13:47
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Erm, I am twenty eight and just started mine. Nope, you are not too old.

Thread: originality in the social sciences or humanities

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29-Jun-18, 13:43
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Sometimes originality comes from the approach you are taking to making links between different things - for my PhD, the novel aspect is in the combination of factors that we are considering in the context of two problems. They have individually been looked at extensively, but little has combined them.

Maybe you need to have a closer look at a specific problem, and at some of the proposed answers/solutions to that problem? If it has all been said already and you need to say something new, build those established answers into your thesis and argue against them - what are the alternatives? Is there another way to approach this problem? What is a different angle? Have the methods others have used been quite similar, is there any way you could approach it using a different methodology?

Thread: Is it necessary to publish papers

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29-Jun-18, 13:33
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Quote From TreeofLife:
This is a very old post but I'll still reply.

It does make a difference in your viva. If you have a paper published, it shows you're punishable, so they find it hard to justify failing you in a viva, even if they want to based on your performance or thesis.


I think you meant 'publishable'! Although, that being said.....

I think it depends on what you want at the end of your PhD as well. I am in Psychology, and have more interest in clinical practice after my PhD than academia, so I'm not that focused on publishing (although it would be nice!).

Thread: 'Off' Days

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21-Jun-18, 22:17
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Thanks for the advice, folks :)

Thread: 'Off' Days

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20-Jun-18, 10:21
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Quote From Nad75:
I do the same, Kenzie...except I decide to binge with Netflix and pizza or go shopping to reward a piece of good writing. Unscheduled 'off days' are the perks of this PhD position, and necessary for our mental health so don't feel bad for taking them...you won't be able to once you are employed! :)


That sounds like a heavenly day, and I will try my best to take your advice :)

Thread: PhD Government Loan

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19-Jun-18, 22:22
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Not sure how, but I didn't know this loan existed! I don't think I'll take it - I have managed to avoid debt so far (grants and scholarships etc), I don't think I want to start now.

Thread: First-year PhD upgrade advice

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19-Jun-18, 21:46
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Hi,

I am a fellow first year - nervously awaiting my upgrade. Congrats for passing! I don't know anything about what went on during the meeting, but I do have two things to say:

1) Is it possible that rather than re-structuring the entire PhD this is just 'a lot to do'? I only ask because I've had that in the past - thinking comments meant an entire re-do and when I really dug down into them they actually didn't mean that. And do you agree with them and their comments? Do your supervisors?

2) I definitely don't think you've wasted a year - if you do have to make these changes then write down why, what the examiners and you have found that means it wouldn't work in its original format. Why do the changes have to happen? My supervisor always says that a PhD isn't about learning something new; it's actually about learning what you don't know. And at the end of the day surely its better for this to happen now than during your viva?

Lastly, just a word of encouragement: I know someone in their 2nd year (of a life sciences PhD) and who has just had to start from absolute scratch, including a new literature review. She has created a timeline with her supervisors, and although she will be very busy she is down to submit on time! These things seem to happen a fair bit :)

Oh, absolute lastly - you are right to think the examiners must think you have the potential to pass on time. They definitely wouldn't have passed you otherwise - the mini-viva is not a cakewalk :)

Thread: Research Topic Search

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19-Jun-18, 14:55
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I suggest that you have a read of the literature in your subject and work out the 'gap' :)

Failing that, Google.

Thread: 'Off' Days

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19-Jun-18, 14:46
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posted about 2 months ago
That makes me feel somewhat better!!

Thread: Viva experience

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19-Jun-18, 12:08
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That is great advice, and I printed out a copy of your post for when I'm preparing for my own viva (two years away!), thanks!
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