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Thread: Why does a mismatch between a supervisor and a research scholar takes place???

03-Dec-19, 14:24
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Although there are fully completed profiles and CVS of professors out there on university websites, although we have systems like lab rotations at universities which actively encourage scholars to try out labs and groups and supervisors before actually signing up for a PhD , although there are orientation programs and so many other services provided for helping scholars find a best fit supervisor, why does still a mismatch between a supervisor and a scholar take place which had even lead to high attrition rates of PhD ???? Where are we lagging????

Supervision style, feedback methods, and general personality are hard to establish through online profiles or short visits. That's partly why a PhD is such a leap of faith. The supervisor-supervisee relationship can also break down after a while (even if it started off very positively) for a number of external reasons.

Thread: Please I made Mphil Grade in my Masters

25-Nov-19, 14:04
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posted about 1 week ago
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I made Mphil Grade (pass) in my Masters, is PhD still possible for me

You'd need to talk to any supervisors you're interested in working with about that. If you have mitigating circumstances, they will likely be understanding. If you don't have any mitigating circumstances, they'll be concerned that you won't be able to cope with the demands of PhD study. You also won't be a competitive applicant when it comes to funding either.

You may be able to persuade a supervisor if you have relevant research experience and are willing to self-fund.

Thread: PhD finance

25-Nov-19, 11:42
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Hey, i am a New PhD student in Law. I am struggling with the finance. I am not able to work as a lawyer that is my profession. For the first year, i will be self funded. Then, either i have to drop the PhD or to leave the country. So would you suggest me to do to support myself financially. What are you doing fellow students?

Most students are funded by research council/university studentships, but it might be too late for you to look at these (and many aren't available to non-EU students). Many self-funded UK students either work alongside their PhD - which usually means they go part-time but not always - or rely on the doctoral loan/savings.

It might be possible for you to get small grants from charities/foundations relevant to the area you're researching. Have you also asked your university for help or advice? It seems slightly irresponsible of them to take on an international student without proof that that student can afford it.

Thread: Distance learning phD???

04-Nov-19, 19:29
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I'm married with a child and consequently not able to move to the universities which have the supervisors I'd really like to work with. How important is it to be based near the university you are doing your research? Is it feasible to apply somewhere, but only visit for fortnightly meetings? Or, how likely is it that I could be based at my local university (where I'm about to start teaching) but have a supervisor from a different university? What are the pros and cons of being some distance away?

I considered a PhD by distance after failing to get funding, resulting in me not being able to afford to live in my chosen university's city. In the end, my supervisor agreed to let me live at home and study by distance unofficially so that I could keep working with her - I however had the advantage that she was my MA supervisor previously, so knew that I have the motivation/stamina to do it while away from campus. It might be more difficult to persuade an academic who doesn't already know you to make that commitment.

It also depends on whether your subject area lends itself to distance learning - if it's an area that requires lab access/specialist equipment or facilities, then you might struggle.

The feasibility of only attending fortnightly will depend on how far away the institution is. I have heard of people having supervisors from more than one university, but that may depend on whether they have worked together in the past and whether both universities have the same facilities/opportunities in your subject area.

Thread: Dropping out of Masters?

04-Nov-19, 19:02
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I started my masters this September following a year of working after my graduation. I’m finding my course a lot more difficult than I expected and I can feel my mental health going downhill. I’ve asked for help from tutors and done the extra reading to try and help myself but I really do not want to continue with this course. I live with my partner who is also doing a masters and my only option would be to find work in order to pay rent and bills. How do I explain this on my CV? Has anyone else been in this situation who can offer advice?

If you're set on leaving your course, ask if there is an exit qualification you could receive for the work you've done so far. I believe if you've completed 3 modules (or 1 term's worth of content) you can get a PGCert - you'd have to check this with your university however, as some institutions might not offer it.

Thread: Submitting to conferences - two questions

31-Oct-19, 14:23
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posted about 2 months ago
1. Check the conditions of abstract submission - I've seen conferences that specifically state that abstracts won't be accepted if they are based on work already submitted for publication, or proposed in the same form to other conferences (i.e. presentation/poster etc.). Some won't have this caveat however.

2. Peers of mine have submitted abstracts with 'results so far' sections. If you have no results to state in the abstract, they may provisionally accept you until you can update them on your findings. I suppose they may be concerned that you won't get them by the conference date, in which case they may think it safer to decline.

Thread: If I leave an EPSRC funded PhD, will I be ineligible for another EPSRC PhD in the future?

31-Oct-19, 14:15
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posted about 2 months ago
You need to check with your research council's term and conditions/guidelines. I know that many research councils will also expect you to repay any over-payment you've received for the year if you do leave early.
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