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Thread: PhD/ Post docs needed to review research proposals

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25-May-18, 14:19
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Please post your request once on this forum. Don't spam.
I would be very surprised if anyone was desperate enough to work for this amount of money. To properly consider a full research proposal would require a minimum of a few hours. For the equivalent of £37 ?

Thread: Postgrad checklist: what to ask when picking a PhD

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25-May-18, 14:14
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Hi
 I am working in collaboration with a consultancy company ‘Science and Innovation Consultancy UK’.  They are looking for professionals to review research proposals for international universities.

The criteria for a reviewer are:
1. Holds a PhD
2. Associated with a university but must be ranked within the top 450 internationally.
3. For 'media and communication' research proposals PhD is not necessary but must have strong experience in the area (journalism).

Reviewers will receive: $50 per review.

Reviewers can take on a maximum of 5 proposals per batch.

Time frame: reviewers have 20 days to complete their review and send it back.
If anyone is interested please msg me via facebook or email: info @innovationandscience.org.uk
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No idea why you have placed this on a thread completely unrelated to your post but I have to ask.....
Top 450 university in the world?
Was that number plucked out of fresh air at a Christmas party? :-D

Thread: Submitting the final version of the thesis (post viva) without examiner approving of the corrections

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25-May-18, 14:09
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I don't see how it could possibly be in your supervisor's interest to drag things out and increase the risk of your failing to submit. If anything, s/he'll want you off her/his hands ASAP.


You would think this would be true but surprisingly it does happen.
It assumes that all supervisors are functioning human beings.

I have seen a supervisor deliberately engage in tactics such as this to screw over more than one student. If the relationship has broken down and the supervisor is a right bastard (plenty of them out there), it is no skin off their nose to keep you waiting and in fact it can amuse them to know how desperate you are for a sign off. It's a power thing.

Pissing off your supervisor (regardless of who is to blame) can be truly disastrous.

Thread: Part time PhD hours

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22-May-18, 10:27
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It would be interesting to see statistics on drop out rates of the various ways of doing a PhD.
Not sure if any are published though.

Thread: To PhD or not to PhD?

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22-May-18, 10:20
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Nad75 and laebae, you can attempt to "white knight" teachers all you like but the evidence is against you.
Pupils arrive in High school routinely unable to perform simple maths such as fractions or write properly.
In high school the pressure put on pupils to pass exams and go to university is intolerable and teaching to the test is widespread.
If not teachers, who exactly should we blame for this?

It is almost impossible to lose your job as a teacher and the profession is therefore awash with incompetent and lazy staff.

None of this is new and it is truly depressing to see teachers more keen to defend their profession than to defend the pupils who are at the receiving end of this.

Thread: To PhD or not to PhD?

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20-May-18, 10:39
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Teaching certainly is not the most tiring job there is.
Why on earth would you think that?

There are countless jobs where you are on your feet all day.
Cleaning jobs are in a different league for this sort of thing as are most other manual jobs.
If it's stress you want, don't look much further than air traffic control or call centre help desk jobs for example.

Having put 3 kids through our education system and witnessed what and how they are being taught, it's pretty clear the teaching profession is stuffed to the rafters with people who should be nowhere near a classroom. At least two people on my course who ended up with ordinary degrees were allowed to become teachers. There are clearly some great teachers out there but I don't believe they are in the majority. There are still too many going into teaching because they are not able to do anything else and they are seeking an easy life.

Thread: Dated in Thailand while I was visiting

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20-May-18, 10:36
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Maybe someone should explain their opinion / view so that jacoblincoln understands why he isn't getting the advice he is asking for. Otherwise not very helpful!


Do you actually believe the original poster is seriously looking for help? :-D
The use of the word "chick" to describe women should be a pretty good giveaway.


Yes! Isn't he then? Please explain... it's not my area! :D


At the risk of mansplaining, the OP is clearly taking the piss by using a derogatory word like chick to describe women to see if any bites can be had from any online "snowflakes" who might be active on here. He is deliberately trying to bait an outraged response.
He got you good......
Come on, surely you spotted that? You are winding me up right? :-D

Thread: How much does the PhD interview count in comparison to the application?

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20-May-18, 10:28
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True! Basically you just have to go for it and apply for a number of funding options / positions to try and secure funding with the knowledge that being rejected doesn't necessarily mean that you aren't good enough.

pm133 - do you stand by your statement in another recent thread that not being awarded funding is "a strong message that your research is not valued enough by our society to bother funding"? Just wondered as it seems a bit contradictory to what you've posted here about academics interviewing token candidates to tick boxes and then giving the position to the one they wanted in the first place.


That's not quite the point I was trying to make but I didn't word it well. I have clarified on the other thread.

Thread: PhD loans - what do you all think?

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20-May-18, 10:25
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TQ, I haven't worded my post well to be fair.
I didn't mean to talk about personal failure to secure a funded position. I was talking in the context of a post which didn't have funding attached to it in the first place hence the need for a loan.
I think I am happy to stand by that comment but I made a dog's breakfast of my original post.

Thread: Dated in Thailand while I was visiting

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19-May-18, 10:23
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Maybe someone should explain their opinion / view so that jacoblincoln understands why he isn't getting the advice he is asking for. Otherwise not very helpful!


Do you actually believe the original poster is seriously looking for help? :-D
The use of the word "chick" to describe women should be a pretty good giveaway.

Thread: PhD loans - what do you all think?

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19-May-18, 10:21
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It's sending a strong message that your research is not valued enough by our society to bother funding.
It's not a great place to start a PhD from.

Thread: How much does the PhD interview count in comparison to the application?

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18-May-18, 13:42
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I would agree, it's mostly riding on the interview now ie their perceptions of you. Are you resilient, are you knowledgeable, are you interested, are you capable and do they think you will fit into the research group?

If someone has the worst application, but did the 'best' at interview, I no longer care about the application. If they gave a crap interview but have a great application, they have no chance.

This is the same in any interview in my experience, although there's no 'point scoring' in academia like there is in business. They just give it to who they want to give it to. Doesn't matter, the outcome is the same.


Point scoring is probably just used in larger companies. Smaller companies tend to just hire who they want.
I have several examples of anecdotal evidence of academics interviewing token candidates to tick boxes and then giving the position to the person they wanted at the start. I suppose you will never stop companies hiring the people they want no matter what legislation is in place. On balance companies probably should be allowed to hire whoever they want for whatever reason.

Thread: Dated in Thailand while I was visiting

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18-May-18, 13:36
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Not sure where to start with this...


I do but I am pretty sire I would be banned from the site for posting it.
Shame. It was a hilarious response too. :-D

Thread: PhD loans - what do you all think?

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18-May-18, 13:31
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If you are prepared to stay away from city centres and London, don't have a car, have no dependents or debtand are prepared to flat share, it is absolutely possible to live very comfortably on less than £10k per year.

£25k would give you about 60% of that so you'd need a part time job as well.
Honestly, if you can't get full funding for your PhD you really need to take a step back and listen to the message the system is telling you. I would personally never take out a loan or self fund.

Thread: Part time PhD hours

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17-May-18, 19:03
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I have to say that it would be a bad idea to do a PhD on top of a part time job never mind a full time job.

During my PhD I easily worked more than 50 hours per week.
It's not just the number of hours though, it's getting contiguous hours to stop yourself spending the next week refreshing your memory of last week's work. Ideas come to you at all hours, not just the weekend or during 9 to 5 and you need to be prepared to drop stuff on a whim. It is all-consuming.

Personally I would recommend full time on the PhD and no outside work or you will struggle to get anywhere.
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