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Defo don't get depressed about it. I would write it up and see how it looks. I find usually once I start writing I discover things I had not considered originally.
The very fact your supervisor is on board with your results sounds like you are expecting everything to be perfect.
good luck :)
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Sorry to say but I was not hoping to get this work published as my own on here. Think it is pretty clear enough for a casual forum.
Maybe some people should allow themselves to get out Ph.Dwarrior mode and relax.
I found this interesting:
The combined quality of America's top-200 universities vastly outstrips that of any other country, with only the UK standing out from the rest of the pack. Hence the prima facie credibility of the market fundamentalists' argument.
But if we correct for size, this credibility instantly vanishes. If we divide the number of top universities for each country by its population, the US plummets to 14th place on the international league table of university systems. If we divide the number of top universities by each country's GDP, the wealthy US still manages no better than 14th. And if we divide the number of top institutions by total spending on higher education to measure value for money, then the US - which spends more of its national wealth on higher education than any other country - drops into the bottom quarter of the table: to 16th of the 20 countries for which we have relevant data.
Examining UK performance in the same way is no less instructive. Relative to GDP, the UK is in third place, behind only Hong Kong and the Netherlands. Relative to total spending on higher education (for which we lack data for Hong Kong and Switzerland), the UK claims first place, offering six times better value for money than the US. And in terms of value offered for public spending on higher education, the UK is in a league of its own: offering a 50 per cent better return on public investment than the nearest rival, and far more value than the other countries that fund higher education partly through relatively high tuition fees.
I am a part-time PhD student with approx 1 year left to complete. I applied for my first part-time teaching position today, just a general role in helping with marking and some teaching.
I would be eager to learn of other peoples experience in how they came about to get their teaching role and pros and cons. How important do you think teaching experience is when it comes to finally looking for an academic job as from what I have read even a PhD is not enough these days to secure employment in academia.
From a student with his fingers crossed.
I really hope things work out for you I had a similar situation and came close to being removed from my PhD. But after sitting down and talking things out a plan was agreed that helped me take steps forward and I am on that road right now. I completely understand how you must be feeling everyday I would check my uni inbox expecting an email of WTF is going on or sorry but you are no longer a student here.
The suggestion of training courses is a great idea, I did this and it really helped me find solutions to the problems I had been facing. I also moved from full-time to part-time which freed up an extra year for me to complete my research and I feel it has given me the time I need to complete my work.
Moving from a taught to a research structure is not as easy as it sounds in my opinion. I was so used to the structure of a taught program I misused the time. Again I really hope you can find a solution to your issues!
nice honest post. I am in my writing up period too. I am finding the cut off from the world feelings the hardest I think. Plus I don't seem to enjoy talking about my research to other non academic type people as I get the same crappy questions.
the more I write up the more posts I seem to be reading about how hard the job market is too. I am trying to convince myself there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Have not thought about quiting though, I think that would only make things worse.
Hi there I used to always have this worry. As trying to understand what is the difference at each level is not as easy as it sounds. I mean its like over a summer holiday when you go back to uni you are suppose to be a better writer.
Atleast you are not far off anyway as turning masters work into PhD level will be a challenge but not impossible.
There is always an angle to be found in research even if you think you are just going over what others already did.
I thought about this as well some time ago. I used to try make an effort to print off journals. However this just was not realistic like you say with the space and scrolling through an article is much easier than flicking through it. Plus I don't know what I would do without being able to electronically search for words instantly
Defo getting a ipad or something is the way to go if your feeling strain. I bought a high quality monitor (22") and I love it! Or maybe take some reg breaks?
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