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I don't really post on here that often anymore but I read your post and it made me mad!
I am now in the process of revising and re-submitting. Without going into too much detail, my poor relationship with my supervisors is a major part of why I am in this position.
If you're finding this person hard to deal with, then you are perfectly within your rights to ask for a new supervisor. Your supervisor really IS key to your success, and if it's not working for you, then you need to do what is right for you. Are you in the UK? If so then there are a number of avenues for support with this. Please please please don't let this go on for too long. I think as PhD students we kind of "expect" to get roughed up by our supervisors, but really it's not good enough. You need their support and their buy in to succeed. If you're finding this person hard to work with, find someone you can work with and ask for them to be your supervisor instead.
Best of luck with it all anyway!
Sorry to hear you're having trouble with your supervisor. Do you only have one supervisor? Do you not have a team? Most institutions have supervisory teams of at least 3 to avoid scenarios like this. That should be your first port of call.
Is there someone you can talk to in your department like a Head of School/pastoral tutor? Or even a graduate school administration member? This behaviour is not acceptable and you really need all the support you can get this close to the end. Try and find out who there is in your institution who can give you the support you need.
That is absolutely awful and should not be happening anywhere! I had a bit more faith in the system than that.
If anyone knows of anywhere that does this then you should make a complaint or raise a concern. This should not be happening. We aren't #2 in the world for nothing!
Sorry to hear you've been feeling so down. I agree with Hazy Jane - your health must be your priority.
Your supervisors have a duty of care to you, they cannot kick you off of your PhD especially it's a health problem that has resulted in you progressing. I don't think I've ever heard of someone being "sacked" from their PhD. This meeting sounds like it's an opportunity to talk through the issues that you've been having and finding ways to support you and ensure that you do finish your PhD. I think it's definitely worth accessing the counselling at your provider again too. Definitely take a friend or family member along to the meeting for support if you wish to.
Let us know how you get on.
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Hello lovely forum peeps,
Can anyone get access to the above article please?
Thank you :-)
After a long hiatus (7 months off) I am going to try and get this PhD in the bag. I've been doing lots of thinking and I'm really struggling to structure my thesis in the traditional way i.e. theoretical framework, methods, findings, discussion. My study is informed by ethnography and I've used a grounded theory approach to analysis. I'm therefore wondering whether it would be feasible to re-structure the thesis in such a way that reflects this i.e. context, methods, findings, theory, discussion.
I know this isn't the norm, and I know to some extent that it depends on the examiner in question. But has anyone ever heard of a thesis structured in this way? And one that has passed, essentially!!!
Any advice gratefully received. I'm going this alone now so I will need all the help I can get :-)
Gosh it's changed a lot since I was last here, all shiny and new and I'm panicking about which sub-category to post this in!
I just thought I'd get in touch with an update as I've not been online for what feels like ever. I have suspended my PhD studies due to (in my mind anyway) irreconcilable differences with my supervisor. I had a hell of a time of it in the last year of my studies and to be honest I'm still a bit at a loss as to what to do. I will be making a complaint against the university though for a few reasons, so I don't know where that will leave me afterwards. I've started a full time job which is helping me feel normal again but I still can't think about what to do with my PhD with a clear head.
I just wanted to say hello to all of the familiar faces, hope you're all doing ok, and good luck to new PhD candidates. I might pop back from time to time.
How about "Minions"? ;-)
No ok in all seriousness I refer to myself as a "Postgraduate Researcher" which probably doesn't actually make that much sense now I come to think of it... I don't like to call myself a student because people do tend to dislike you a lot more if you tell them you are such as alluded to by DocInsanity and think you are a tax dodging scrounger (!)
My husband on the other hand delights in the fact that I am in fact classified as a student and I have a "magic card" that makes money disappear off of cinema tickets, museum entrances, restaurant bills etc.
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