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Well I can only describe my own situation, a mid 2:1 from a former Poly, an MSc pass (distinction in dissertation & research methods, and mid to high 60%s in everything else) from a former, different Poly, and I was accepted to a UK top 5 university for my PhD.
That sneaky £20 under the table at the interview helped too ;-)... !
I have one article published and one being considered after R&R... on both articles I am both first and corresponding author. The other author being my supervisor.
The only input my supervisor had on both articles was to edit and suggest further improvements (which I then went and made myself) so I think it's only right that I'm corresponding author :) (My field is health research)
Definitely lit review, methodology and methods. Even if you change your methodology and methods you'll still need to explain why you did it so it's worth writing about it now to have the groundwork laid out.
I managed to do this in my first year and am very thankful I did, now that I'm in 3rd year!
To add to this, I just called Teachers Building Society who were quite rude and rejected me immediately as a) I don't earn over £15k p/a individually (despite the fact that I'd be applying with hubby) b) I don't have a teaching qualification.
Well I lectured for two years at two different institutions including being module leader on two courses... but that doesn't count apparently as I don't have a piece of paper saying I can teach. Sigh...
It's worth a punt but bearing in mind that he/she may have took on another student on that specific project, depending on the requirements of the funder (if they needed someone for the start of the academic year for example)
to add: even though we have a mortgaged house already, excellent credit, and £85,000 to put down on a ~£250,000 home (34% deposit consisting of equity plus savings)!
Thanks :) I think my lack of full time employment before the PhD was the nail in the coffin for my Barclays attempt ;)
However I hadn't heard of the Teachers Building Society - will ask my broker to give them a ring.
We're having the same problem and our mortgage broker can only find Lloyds and Natwest. Interesting that you got Barclays on board... Can I be nosey and ask your circumstances? I am applying with my husband who works full time permanent.
Hmm tough questions!
Obviously it would depend on the field and the specifics but I'd say something along the lines of...
"Is there a need to do this, since some other solutions are already available?"
Yes I believe so. The problem with other solutions are (costly/take a lot of time/inaccurate) whereas this particular solution is better in (x) ways especially when it comes to (y) and (z).
"How do you know it's going to work?"
I know it's going to work, because (I've used it many times before/Many other researchers have reported success with this method/I have the skills required)
"I can't see what you're trying to do"
I would probably ask if there's any area in particular they're struggling with and explain it further..
"I don't think it will work"
This proposed method has an excellent evidence base etc
"Is this even your field?"
Yes/no (go into background and tailor it for the particular theory/solution/whatever you are proposing)
Easier said than done...!!
It's difficult to advise you generally - could you be more specific as to what you're trying to find out?
Congratulations Dr PN, hope you had a fab night last night and perhaps some big celebration planned! Let us know how it went when you've recovered sufficiently? 8-)
If anyone can help me I will be forever indebted to you!!! Seriously!
Here's my situation: I am using Strauss & Corbin (1990) GT. I have participant observations (not transcribed but notes taken of them), patient interviews (transcribed), and follow up patient interviews (transcribed)
I also have clinician interviews (transcribed)
I have 'groups within groups' of participants, i.e. :
Clinicians: 1. nurses 2. GPs 3. specialists
Patients: 1. newly diagnosed 2. stable 3. end-stage
I've open coded the interviews and coming up to axial coding. However when you have groups like I do above (Ady I seem to remember you have a similar structure?) how do you conduct axial coding (and subsequent theoretical coding/focused coding)? Did you axial code each group-within-group and then axial code the entire group e.g. entire patient group?
I really am drowning in data and confusion at the moment and can't see my supervisor for a little while. Please help!
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