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Thread: Computational Materials Science

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19-May-19, 18:36
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posted about 1 day ago
SaltyAbs, you really need to be focussing more on the research group whose work interests you the most rather than on the university. Then having identified suitable groups you want to evaluate the computational resources they have access to.

Thread: Phd with children help!

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08-May-19, 22:48
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Yeah you are correct here rewt. It's not about the hours you put in, it's what you get done in them. If Ellenh is good at compartmentalising stuff and can focus completely during the PHD working hours there should be no problem. If she has a good support network of other people who can help out with the children that would be ideal.

I think my original post was maybe a bit too negative.

Thread: My Last Words

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08-May-19, 10:38
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If there is a moderator online, you need to do something to try and help this poster.
The IP address used by the original poster to post that suicide note will be in your server logs and you can trace the country of origin and ISP from that. You should pass that onto the relevant police authority from that country immediately and ask them to trace the person. They should be able to do that with almost no effort whatsoever through the ISP.
Monkiaa is still alive as can be seen from the last login so really this needs urgent action.

Thread: My Last Words

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08-May-19, 10:18
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Monikaa,

I can see that your last login was one hour ago.
Can you confirm that you are OK and have received some help?

Thread: Phd with children help!

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08-May-19, 10:11
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Quote From Ellenh:
I am currently a nurse looking to start a phd in September. I have enquired about 2 which look good but neither of the academics could give me a clear idea of the hours required. This is a funded full time phd with a stipend. I currently work 3, 7.5 hr days a week and have 2 small children. Could anyone give me a rough idea of their working week? The phd is in health and over 3 years. One child is school age and the other preschool. Any clarification would be very welcome!


You should typically expect a PhD to require a minimum of 40 hours a week. No doubt some will do it in fewer hours but that will be a minority. During your latter years and during your thesis the PhD may end up consuming your life. If you're not working on it, you'll likely be obsessing over it. The problem will start when you hit brick walls or start to run out of time and things are not progressing well.

I burnt myself out despite progress being pretty smooth. Two years aftyer graduating I'd be lying if I said I had fully recovered mentally or physically. Most people seem to go through terrible struggles. I don't know how they stay in one piece.

Thread: Email etiquette... how would you reply to this person?

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07-May-19, 06:09
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I would think about whether you want a hierarchical relationship or one which is peer-to-peer level.

Then start addressing people the way you want to continue to address them.

I wouldn't over-analyse how they might respond to you because anyone who gets upset at being addressed by their first name in an email such as "Hi John", probably isn't someone you want to be conducting a professional relationship with. For example, I would not address an academic as either Professor or Doctor beyond perhaps the very first email I sent them if I was the first of us to make contact. Beyond that first email it would be "Hi John".

If they had initiated contact with an email which started "Adam" or whatever with no greeting, I'd be responding "Hi John" from the first email response without exception.

Thread: Waiting for viva and JSA?

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07-May-19, 05:57
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Quote From Mackem_Beefy:

Another option is given you're in year four and can show Job Centre Plus you've no income on your bank statements, is to not tell Job Centre Plus you are still registered a full-time student. It's a little dodgy this but as the University cannot give out confidential information on its students unless presented with a court order, there's not a mechanism for Job Centre Plus to find out. A court order may only be sought if there is clear evidence of wrong doing and as you've no income there will be no evidence. Many year four students have done this historically I hate to say (ahem).


I know you mean well but what you are suggesting here is benefits fraud and will lead to a criminal conviction and/or a prison sentence and probably the end of your career if you are caught. Don't assume it's easy to get away with this. Universal Credits and JSA before it are specifically for people actively seeking work. A full time student is not considered to be in a position to actively seek work and are therefore not allowed to claim either. That is the law whether we like it or not. Break that law at your peril.

Thread: Waiting for viva and JSA?

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05-May-19, 04:03
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Just thought I'd add, it's 25% discount for people who live on their own (non students)..but 100% discount for students (if they live on their own). If two people live together (one student and one non student) then a 50% reduction is applied.


I'm not sure this is correct.
I think it's 25% in both cases.
Pretty sure that's what I was getting. Almost certain it wasn't 50%.
Are you absolutely certain about this?
Also there is an income and savings threshold below which you are completely exempt.

Thread: Should I quit my research assistant post!

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24-Apr-19, 15:47
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posted about 3 weeks ago
I would always advise against anyone doing something because it "looks good on your CV". If you find yourself even thinking this, you should immediately stop and re-consider.

Soooner or later, unless you are doing things which you really want to do, this will be your undoing.

Thread: Just a moan...

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21-Apr-19, 01:07
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The key to negotiation is to sit down, take your time and make a list of everything you want to be given.
Then for each thing write down your red lines on each issue (if there is one) and your starting position.
You must be prepared to walk away if one of your red lines is breached. For example working 70 hours a week or 6 days a week.

What you are now doing is having a conversation with the other person to see if a position of mutual benefit can be reached. If not, you both walk away. I started using this in job interviews. It's very liberating to terminate an interview early and leave because the job isn't a good match (I've done this at least twice). It's also quite good fun.

The key is not to be in a position of weakness - i.e. desperation. If you are in this position and they smell that (which they most likely will), you'll end up with something you might regret for a long time.
Most people fail at negotiation because they are too desperate to be accepted.

Hope this helps.

Thread: What am I doing wrong?

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17-Apr-19, 14:26
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It shouldn't be your age. There are plenty of us much older than 40 who have done PhDs.
It might be to do with which institutes you are applying to. There might be a lot of competition with others who may have summer research work experience. It could also be the discipline you are undertaking. Can you provide us with more detail?

Thread: Postdoc interview outcome

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13-Apr-19, 14:32
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Could the number of years you have been a postdoc be starting to affect your chances here? If you are beyond 5 years, without having secured a fellowship or some money yourself, you might be starting to set off alarm bells.

Thread: Is it normal to feel like this?

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13-Apr-19, 14:27
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Yep this is normal.
It's not going to help you to compare a PhD to normal work because it's a solo pursuit (or it should be). You are doing something which by definition cannot have been done by anyone else. There is therefore no real "teamwork" to be involved in. Even if you were part of a team working on a piece of large science for example, you would be working on your own part so there would still be a lot of isolation.

The PhD is designed to prepare you for a career as an independent researcher.
The only really effective technique is to accept that and see it as something you value being. Anything else is going to be a coping technique and the process is going to be miserable for you. You definitely don't want to be "coping" for years. You want to be enjoying this. Focussing on synchronising what you want with what a PhD offers will buy you peace of mind.

Thread: Masters Or PhD?

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13-Apr-19, 14:21
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posted about 1 month ago
What do you mean by a "good" PhD?

Thread: Every time I hear Elon Musk I feel a pity about PhD

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13-Apr-19, 14:20
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monikaa,

You are not going to help the process of re-discovering yourself by making completely inappropriate comparisons between yourself and someone like Elon Musk and then trying to change your entire philosophy based on what you think he would have done in your situation. That thought process is going to land you straight back at square one I'm afraid.
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