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Has anyone met any PhD students who just didn't care?
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Whether it's working with them in the lab, or as part of a study group etc., have any of you had bad experiences with another PhD student?

I've personally met a few students who openly admit to only doing a PhD for the title, and just wanted to stay at university to continue their undergraduate lifestyle (i.e. sleeping all day and drinking all night). I doubt most of them will stay the course, especially when it comes to annual reviews.

I've also experienced a fellow PhD student give me and my peers the silent treatment for days, after saying something 'too intelligent' in a meeting and 'showing them up'.

First choice for external examiner declined and second choice is not responding...
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I'm only in my second year, so I haven't approached any potential examiners yet, but I was advised to start asking at least 6 months before my completion date. It could be because my field is reasonably small and therefore I have less choice.

I did not know that it is this lonely
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I agree, PhDs are very different than taught courses as you have no specific cohort, and everyone is doing very different things. COVID has only made PhD isolation worse, as this means that PhD students aren't necessarily in the city where their university is based either.

I make sure to touch base with other PhD students and my non-PhD friends at least twice a week (if not once a day), otherwise I get stuck in my own head.

Doing a PhD with a 2:1 BEng (hons) and a MSc with a Merit
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It depends what else the application asks for. If you are required to include a CV, make sure it's crystal clear and emphasises transferable skills. Otherwise, it's a case of building your profile with relevant courses, knowledge and experience.

Doing a PhD with a 2:1 BEng (hons) and a MSc with a Merit
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Studentships are competitive, so you'll inevitably be up against people with firsts and distinctions in their degrees - therefore, you need to focus on making your personal statement and proposal the best they can possibly be.

Possible to submit corrections many years later?
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Quote From bob86:
The original poster said they had personal circumstances that prevented them from submitting their corrections on time. Granted the work may no longer be novel (which is yet to be determined) but presumably this candidate invested 3/4 years of their life into this endeavour; surely the university can show some compassion and just award the degree given that the requirements (submission of corrections) have now been met? I mean, it’s not like the work wasn’t novel at the time of examination, it was otherwise he/she wouldn’t have passed with minor corrections. Is the university willing to fail this candidate outright and potentially bin 3/4 years of hard work because he/she didn’t meet a superficial deadline? That too on top of the personal difficulties this person may have been facing in the interim. I mean, when you really think about it, it just sounds ridiculous. We all know how demanding undertaking a PhD is, and how flawed the UK PhD system is, I’ve experienced many of it’s difficulties, as have many fellow posters on this forum. It would be refreshing to see institutions start employing some common sense and make the process a lot easier for candidates. I’m not saying to compromise on the quality of the actual research carried out, no, just get rid of some of these archaic, bureaucratic procedures that have plagued the system for many a decade.

I can see your point, but the university would probably say either 1) a line has to be drawn somewhere, and/or 2) if they didn't keep their supervisors in the loop re: their personal circumstances, then they may take a dim view of retrospective claims.

Possible to submit corrections many years later?
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Quote From positivemindset:
I had a successful viva - minor corrections (2014). A number of personal issues came up that meant i was unable to submit my corrections on time.

This is now complete. Would my UK university still accept corrections and award my PhD?

Only they can tell you that. Did you inform your university of your personal issues while they were going on? Did they tell you of any procedures you needed to follow e.g. putting in an extenuating circumstances claim?

Lack of teaching experience
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I'm just coming to the end of Year 1 of my PhD in a humanities subject in the UK. I have enquired about getting teaching experience with my department, but the short answer is: "We don't have enough TA spots to go around; keep a look out of emailed advertisements, but don't hold your breath".

I have noticed that my department seems to prioritise current/former TAs (by not advertising posts and just reoffering them to the PhD students who taught the exact same modules/seminars last year), rather than allowing new students a chance. No PhD students at my university are getting enough teaching hours to qualify to do the PgCertHE, but any experience is better than none.

I am worried about my employability within academia if I have no teaching experience under my belt come completion, so I was wondering if anyone else has been in the same situation, or has advice on what to do? I don't have another university local to me who offers the subject I could teach in, so I can't offer my services elsewhere.

Humanities PhD: Lit review, theoretical framework/methodology
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Your perspective on the literature review is accurate, but I think you're a bit confused about what a theoretical framework is. A theoretical framework is where you place your specific research problem/question within a pre-existing theory in order to create hypotheses, or develop your own theoretical framework from a combination of related theories which becomes the literal framework you use to structure your inquiries.

Can a different phd topic give you renewed enthusiasm
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If they let you change topic, will they still allow you to study for 3 years, or is the year you've done now lost? Also, will changing topic affect your funding situation? Will this also affect your supervisory arrangements? Those are three pretty vital questions, which once answered, should help you make your decision.

Generally, I think people do enjoy their own research project more than pre-proposed ones, but it can depend on the discipline, how complicated you want your project to be etc.

Maybe think about why you're doing a PhD in the first place: if you don't want an academic career, then will it help you in other ways? If it presents more losses than benefits, realistically it might be worth considering leaving.

Printing thesis with colour
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I know this might be a stupid question, but can't you remove the blue line? Or re-colour it into grey/black?

If not, you can sometimes print the thesis yourself and go to a binders after, but you'll need to contact the binders ahead of time to ask 1) if it's possible, and 2) if you need to format the document in a particular way (e.g. put a thicker margin on the left side).

Statistics help needed
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Quote From Nishanthi:
I don't want to exclude them completely because they have values for other variables and i am not doing any interaction analysis between the variables. I think, i can do the analysis with the data i have by not including the missing values in the SPSS for each variable. Is that going to be fine? Thanks in advance.

I've never used missing data cells, but take a look here: https://www.spss-tutorials.com/spss-missing-values/

Statistics help needed
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Quote From Nishanthi:
Hi, I have some data about who is attending the hospital for cervical screening. I have done the chi square to compare the two groups. But I have some missing values in the demographics and other variables. Can I do the analysis for only available values and leave the missing values? Thanks

I'm not sure about the statistical stance, but I'd say that you need to either use the data you have (and therefore not include participants with missing data in the analyses which require that missing data), or exclude participants with missing data entirely from all analyses. It kind of depends on what comparisons you are making, whether this affects the balance of the two groups etc.

What do you wish you had known or read before starting? Plus books!
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In addition to MALVOR87's great advice, I recommend the book 'The Unwritten Rules of PhD Research' by Petre & Rugg. I believe there is a free pdf version available if you Google it.

I have a self employed company. Can I use dr title?
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Quote From emekcan:
Hello to everyone. I have PhD education in Turkey l graduated... I live in England at the moment. and I have self employed company since two years in London. Can I use Dr. title in UK despite l didn’t get PhD education in UK universities.


I don't see why not... as long as you have the credentials to prove it if need be (i.e. PhD certificate).