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BHC, yet again you oversimplify. I definitely wasn't stating that he should be censored. Though I do think he should consider his position, coming out with some claptrap like that. That said, it's not an academic argument therefore your academic freedom point lacks weight.
Are you male?....
BHC, one of the things that gets to me about your posts is that you're often seemingly incapable of believing that two differing interpretations can co-exist.
At least from my own perspective, I am genuinely offended by the article. As I've already written, the use of humour isn't an excuse. Humour has been, and continues to be, used as a device to reinforce inequality. It's so powerful precisely because of the way in which it discourages criticism. People are always going to be reluctant to criticise if the inevitable retort is that 'but you don't get it' -- implicit code for 'you're not one of the gang'.
I think Magictime was probably just talking from his personal point of view....
I've been married for three years and still find other men attractive, but I wouldn't dream of acting on it. In fact, husband and I will openly talk about people - whether film stars or ordinary people (though not friends, I think this would be inviting jealousy -- we just don't do it, it's not a rule).... I think it's part of a healthy relationship to be able to look (not oggle!) but not go there...
What do you propose we do to married people; make them wander around with a blindfold on?!!
Admittedly there will be a wide range of perspectives on this one, but I don't think you can stop your partner being attracted to other people.... flirting outrageously is another issue....
The Research Administrator is the best person to contact.
Technically, bursary's are usually made on the basis of financial need and stipends on academic merit, but it's probably a technicality..... Stipends are generally expected to cover living expenses, while I'm not sure bursaries are generally intended to cover full living costs. That said, you won't really know until you ask!
First of all, well done!
Stipend values can vary hugely. For a full maintainence grant from a research council you'd expect to get between around £1100 and £1300 a month (the latter if you're based in London). However, you could be offered a part stipend or (get very lucky and get) one of the very large stipends that flow around from time to time from external bodies (up to £1600 a month). Whatever you get, your stipend will be tax free. I'm not sure what the council tax benefits will work out as for you -- it depends on your wife's (un)employement status, but you should also look into this.
You will also want to consider whether you want to keep up National Insurance and pension contributions while you're studying.
It's perfectly acceptable to ask straight out what the stipend is. Aside from a few lucky parentally-supported students, this will be of importance to almost everyone.
Unfortunately PhD stipends are not huge and you're likely to have to cut back if you've a wife and kids to support too.
Hope that helps, and it didn't sound rude!!!
I think it depends whether your MRes was a recognised course in the eyes of the Research Council. Saying this, I was under the impression that Research Councils were reluctant to fund a Masters in the research area of one that's already been taken - even if they require a recognised Masters to be taken.
For that reason you should tread very carefully on this. And they won't reimburse you. Ever.
i'm quite disturbed that statements like the following are thought to be acceptable:
'Normal girls - more interested in abs than in labs, more interested in pecs than specs, more interested in triceps than tripos - will abjure their lecturers for the company of their peers, but nonetheless, most male lecturers know that, most years, there will be a girl in class who flashes her admiration and who asks for advice on her essays. '
So, 'Normal girls' are not interested in working hard???? It's this, rather than the overtly sexual content, that gets me.
I'm not even sure that he was being heavily ironic.... having heard via a trusted source this guys take on his Univ of Buckingham students I wouldn't be surprised if the humour element was largely tagged on in response to the backlash.
In any case, it's often forgotten that humour has been (and is) frequently used to maintain unequal balanced of power, and is often more effective than other techniques.
Hmmm... probably all rather dull for me:
A couple of kids, living in the commuter belt, mayba a bigger house than we're about to move into (!! which is lovely but little!), that my husband and I and our friends and family are healthy. Nice civil service job in the Dept of Culture Media and Sport..... Ahh. I'm not hugely ambitious, I'd just like to be financially comfortable and get to spend plenty of time with my family (contra life at the moment which is PhD PhD PhD... hence I haven';t been on here for a while!)....
I really don't understand your question, and you haven't answered mine!
On the subject of jobs, things are tough for archaeologists now. Commercial archaeology, which most archaeologists do, has been hit hard by the recession because of a reduction in the number of building projects. Even when there's lots of building work these jobs tend to be short term contracts, therefore insecure, and poorly paid.
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