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If you have the option of a 1 year lectureship or a 1 year post-doc, you'd need to think about it. If you get offered a permanent lectureship Vs a 1 year post-doc, you take the permanent, obviously. I'm a bit worried about your stated plan TQ. Deliberately signing up to casualisation or precarious temp jobs is not a great plan. Obviously if that's all you get, so be it, but don't plan to do that. Often the next job does not arise. Remember, the days of academics doing only research is over, you'll need to teach and research, you might develop a research profile but if you can't (prove) you can talk to a class of students you'll not get hired.
Edit: and obviously don't resign from a permanent job to do a post-doc, if that's what you were suggesting? Something like an ECR fellowship would be your best bet.
It might be that the supervisor applied for one of the studentships (that's how it works, the University will say to the departments we have say 100 studentships available, and they then submit applications to get one) but the project was rejected by the central University. The Uni may have decided to fund other projects instead, for example. Or maybe the supervisor liked the project but you didn't meet the requirements and so were desktop rejected by HR?
Any meeting with this supervisor will almost certainly not be paid - they are just inviting you for a chat by the sounds of it. So you'll need to tell them you can't afford the travel but can they do Skype or whatever.
Edit: you say 'so a meeting can be arranged', so maybe it could be more formal. Just ask if the Uni will pay, otherwise Skype.
Nobody who is wanting to do a PhD for career purposes (rather than just for fun) should be paying for their PhD. Eng is right, why would you get funding for later years if not for year 1? I think if you can't get funding that is a hint about a) you or b) your project. I'd recommend spending a year doing something else to boost your chances and reapplying for funding for next year.
Not sure whether I'm just not understanding the question but usually the grades are quite similar. Generally in the UK level 6 is usually lecturer, level 7 senior lecturer, level 8 associate prof or reader, level 9 is prof. There might be some minor differences, but that's in general how they are banded. Pay is usually more or less the same range for the same bands, that's market forces.
I think eng is being harsh, you shouldn't take a position unless you are sure about it / can put up with it. My advice would be that, but to bare in mind that rejecting this position could be a very grave risk. I wouldn't reject it UNLESS you get offered something else you prefer, as you might end up with nothing. Eng is right, it won't be much of a strife for the Uni if you did quit, slightly annoying maybe, but plenty of others will be available to take your place. Your last question - is it wise? Probably not! But you only live once. Think long and hard about it.
Not really sure what you mean - if you want to do those things, you need to find a university that is looking for someone to do that and then apply for the job. They would be unlikely to offer you work like that if you contacted them unsolicited. Some of those roles would be what university academics do so there wouldn't be roles to, for example, help students with initial research - that's what the supervisor does. Some of your ideas sound like a research assistant role. So take a look and see whether there are any roles you're interested in.
Definitely stop collecting and move onto the next phase. Remember your supervisor cannot stop you from submitting you thesis when the time comes (eg he can't say 'you needed more data so the thesis isn't ready', if you and your other sups think it is ready). Could you try and freeze out your main sup by working primarily with your other ones, who seem more supportive? Remember again your supervisors are there to support, not control. Consider recording any future meetings, literally, in a device, (openly, not clandestine). If the supervisor is the grant holder you probably can't swap him, but you could try and minimise your contact with him.
Hello - please don't tell southerners but Boro is fine. It's a poor-ish ex-industrial town and has some problems that come with that, but no worse than plenty of other places. Good parts and bad parts but the town centre is generally OK, just a bit dated. There are also lots of students there now so you'll not be lonely or out numbered. The Uni is decent, small and friendly. You'll be fine, so long as you're not expecting Harrogate or Chelsea.
Source: from Middlesbrough, wouldn't want to come from anywhere else.
Well done by the way.
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