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Thread: Is it good for a phd topic change on first year

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18-Feb-20, 10:55
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Hi guys, I am in my first year - second semester. I have been doing a lot of reading around my area (big data visualisation) however, I slowly came to realise at the near end of semster 1 that no coherent ideas are forming. Depsite all my tries and reading.
So I played this smartly, I started looking at a different branch (big data security). I found great ideas are forming, objectives etc. And I found a coherent gap.
Is this type of shift of subtopic, though still under the same branch a good move? Does it show you're learning about the subject area? My supervisor is ill and I haven't been in contact with for a while. Hoping next week. He is however interested in both visualisation and security.
I found myself in a endless loop with visualisation.

Are you in receipt of funding from a research council or similar? If so, you will probably need their approval to change your RQs or shift topic. Your supervisor should be able to advise you on this when they return.

Thread: Funding opportunities for non-UK PhD students

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15-Feb-20, 15:22
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Hi everyone,

I was wondering if anyone could help me to help a friend of mine. She is trying to get a PhD position in biology in the UK ideally in London. However, one hurdle is that she is from India so she cannot apply for most advertised PhD students.

I know it is a long shot but does anyone have any idea of where she could get funding or any advice?

Thank you in advance!

Some (not all) universities offer their own studentships for international applicants. Research councils typically only fund UK and EU students (to varying extents). Universities may also offer international bursaries to residents of certain countries. It's a case of seeking these things out, as there is not really a central register of funding opportunities for international students.

Thread: Scholarship

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12-Feb-20, 10:38
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Hi guys! I was wondering if someone who is on a 15K scholarship can live normally in the UK (Liverpool in particular) or they need to find a part time job. How much is the rent more or less and how much do you spend in addition?

Usually most (if not all) funding bodies won't allow you to work more than 6 hours per week if you are receiving full funding from them. That is to make sure that you are fully focused on the PhD they are paying you for.

The amount of rent you pay will vary by type of accommodation and where it is in relation to the city centre etc. If you budget well, a £15k stipend is enough to live comfortably (outside of London at least), and you also may be able to save some along the way.

Thread: Phd Admission Interview Cancelled ?

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12-Feb-20, 10:27
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Hi,

I was recently invited to a Phd interview with two of the professors, who would be my supervisors in case of admission. I was asked if I were available Wed or Thursday. I told them that I'm available on the given date and time slot. However, they didn't show up to the interview. I've sent an email to both of them. No replies. I was wondering if any of you have experience something like that. What would be the reasons of such behaviour ? Not even responding to my emails is kinda rude.

Did you go to the location but they never showed up? It seems a bit odd that both professors simultaneously didn't come without warning. Maybe contact their department head(s) and to ask if there were any mitigating circumstances.

Thread: What is the role of your second supervisor?

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06-Feb-20, 15:40
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I've just been assigned my second supervisor, and will have my first meeting with her and my primary supervisor very soon. I was wondering what my expectations should be regarding the second supervisor's role, how often I should communicate with them, when it would be appropriate to defer to them etc.?

My second supervisor during my MA was in name only, as they were randomly assigned and were only meant to be contacted if our supervisor was unavailable/if we had a dispute.

Thread: Has anyone moved from being based in their University to being based at home (UK address?)

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31-Jan-20, 15:05
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I am half way through my second year of a 3.5 year funded ESPRC PhD.

For personal reasons, to be closer to family and partner I would like to move to my hometown in the South of the UK. I am at a University in the North of England.

My PhD can be completed from a remote laptop, as it is all computer simulation based. The only thing I would be missing out on is teaching opportunities, though I have done plenty in my first two years.

Has anyone ever done something similar? I am speaking with my supervisor next week and figuring how best to approach the issue.

I could quite easily have a weekly skype meeting and travel up for a day or two once a month.

I originally planned to do my PhD on campus (6 hours away from my hometown), but personal and financial circumstances meant that I couldn't do it in person. Luckily my supervisor was incredibly understanding and has allowed me to do it by distance unofficially. I am in the humanities and don't require access to specialist equipment or facilities, so that makes it a much smoother process. I plan to go up to campus every 6 months, and we have fortnightly Skype meetings. I can also stay up there temporarily if any teaching opportunities come up.

Thread: Course work help

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31-Jan-20, 14:57
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I'm struggling to find a decent field to write my thesis on, I've tried using this service https://rush-essays.com, but they failed. What would you recommend me to do?

Is this for a PhD or master's thesis? You also haven't told us what field you are studying in.

Thread: Excessive use of screens.

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22-Jan-20, 16:42
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I have heard research suggesting that excessive use of screens can have detrimental effects on health and productivity, does anyone have any suggestions on how to complete a PhD but minimise computer usage?


I'm in the early stages of my PhD (Year 1), so most of my working week is spent staring at my laptop screen. Some things I've done so far are: getting a standing desk set-up where I can spend at least an hour a day standing whilst working, setting my laptop screen to the 'eye comfort' or 'night light' settings (to reduce blue light exposure), and using a LED desk lamp which simulates day light and stops electrical flickering - mine has a variety of brightness and light warmth settings. After my typical working hours, I try to stay away from screens as much as possible, or at least sit further away from them.

Thread: Do PhD students automatically get two supervisors?

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22-Dec-19, 17:50
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I'm officially starting my PhD in January 2020. I don't know whether it's typical to have two supervisors or just the one, but my topic spans two disciplines, so it would make sense to have two. I have only been in discussions with my main supervisor about my project, although other academics have shown interest.

Do I need to request a second supervisor, or should I wait to see if another is automatically provided?

Thread: Crediting my supervisor at conference?

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21-Dec-19, 14:20
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What is the field?

I am in engineering and I put all my supervisors on my posters, usually they haven't seen the poster. I agree it would be a bit rude to leave them off but I bet it depends on the field.


I'm in the humanities (languages-related). Usually my supervisor sees drafts of my posters/presentations and gives feedback, so she has been involved at least indirectly.

Thread: Crediting my supervisor at conference?

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19-Dec-19, 18:20
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I recently presented a poster of my preliminary PhD research at a conference, and placed both my name and supervisor's name in the author position. I thought this was normal academic etiquette, but when I looked at every other PhD student's poster/presentation, they had either only put their own name, or their own name plus the name of their collaborator (if they did a joint project).

Because of this, I kept being asked 1) if I was presenting my supervisor's work in her absence, or 2) if I was my supervisor (because her name was more centrally aligned than mine, and therefore more obvious). Just in case it's relevant, my supervisor could not attend the conference, so I presented my poster alone.

Is it normal to only credit yourself on posters/presentations when you're presenting your PhD work?

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

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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

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25-Nov-19, 14:04
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posted about 3 months 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

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25-Nov-19, 11:42
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posted about 3 months ago
Quote From andyx:
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???

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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.
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