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Thread: Maternity leave_ help

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21-Jan-19, 22:27
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Quote From charlotta_25:
Hi everyone,

I hope some of you can maybe help me. I am thinking about getting pregnant. My PhD scholarship has quite a good maternity leave policy. Unfortunately it will end on the 1st of December (I know it is not the best timing. I am quite late). I wondered if maternity leave only kicks in when a baby is born or if starts earlier (like a month before the due date). It seems to be such a tricky decision when to try to have a baby as most postdoc positions are short term. I have only recently started to look into it. I can see that getting pregnant any time past April would be a really bad idea so I would like to know till when it is safe to try and when I should stop (applying for jobs being six months pregnant would probably be very difficult). And advice will be very welcome. Thanks!


I'm afraid there is no "safe" time to have a baby as regards your career. Trying to time these things won't necessarily help you either. You risk getting stressed out and your body will have a number of ways of frustrating what you want. You simply cannot say "I'll have a baby in this period of the year but not in this other period". It doesn't work like that.

You can't equally prioritise both career and pregnancy. One will have to take priority over the other for a while at least. I think you need to make that decision before you do anything else.

Maternity pay kicks in when you go on leave for it. My wife left about a month beforehand but this was quite a few years ago so it might have changed. I think it will be your decision and you should be able to work right up until the wee beggar pops out :-)

Thread: Variety in PhD Program Prospects - Exciting flexibility, or potential identity crisis?

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21-Jan-19, 22:21
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Visiting each of the three is a good idea but it won't help you decide what you want to be known for in years to come when you are no longer at these institutes.

Only you can make this decision based on what you really want.

Do you really need to make the decision now or can you find a way of bringing your disparate interests together in a single piece of work under one of these supervisors?

Thread: Attaching PDF/Jpegs to MS Word

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21-Jan-19, 22:18
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That link tells you to delete system files.
I wouldn't even think about this until you have had this verified by Microsoft themselves.

Thread: Quitting a PhD - How to do it?

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21-Jan-19, 22:11
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Agreed. I would hand my formal notice in first thing tomorrow morning.

Thread: PhD Interview Presentation

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19-Jan-19, 19:17
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posted about 2 days ago
Quote From aralez:
Haha I don't think so!! The PhD program is extremely competitive!

Has anyone else gone to a competitive PhD interview that's requested a similar presentation?


What a way to respond to someone who is trying to help you.
Looks like self confidence isn't going to be a problem.

Thread: Taking A Break

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16-Jan-19, 19:01
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Quote From eng77:
It is absolutely fine to reask your question again a few months or years later if you still need an answer.


I didn't say it wasn't fine.
I am merely pointing out the fact that letter for letter this post is absolutely identical to that posted by a different user months ago.
That is odd. No doubt about it. You would expect a difference of some sort.

Thread: Formal Complaint?

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16-Jan-19, 18:58
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Once again I am going to express some personal opinion here.
I agree that accusing someone without proof is not right.
BUT if a person states as a fact that they quit their phd due to something associated with a supervisor is enough of a reason for me not to pick him.
I may be right or wrong in this but i believe that its better to be safe than sorry.
Also we are not judges here, no professor will have legal issues or something because a biased student did not pick them.


We are all here to express personal opinions so don't worry about that.
Your first two sentences contradict each other unless you have both sides of the argument. It would be different if you were hearing the same story independently from several trustworthy sources. Just like research. Of course you are welcome to make your own mind up but in my opinion if you are the sort of person who feels they can make a good decision having only heard one side of an argument from an anonymous internet person then this is not a good mindset for a prospective PhD student. If you adopt this sort of philosophy in your personal life, there is a high risk of it filtering into your professional life as a researcher and then you are potentially into all sorts of trouble.

You asked "Are we not judges here"? I'm not really sure what you mean by that. I am well aware after years of painful personal lessons how careful you have to be trusting any human being - especially those hiding their identities as we all do on this forum. Every decision I make is always based on balanced arguments in my personal life as well as professionally. I find I make much better decisions that way.

Thread: PhD Interview Presentation

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16-Jan-19, 18:49
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First things first. Unless you are interviewing with a Nobel Prize winning researcher it is highly likely that they will be just as desperate to hire you as you will be to be hired by them so relax.

Now onto how to prepare.

1) My rule of thumb is to allow for about 1.5 to 2 minutes per slide or you'll be rushing through it and/or overwhelm them. 6 slides as an absolute maximum. 3 per project.

2) Each slide should be crisp, clean and as uncluttered as possible.

3) Present the overview of the research problem(s) you were trying to solve. Talk about how you went about solving it in terms of methodology, tools used etc and why you used those. One page for the background. One page for the method used.

4) If you have results, present a single page of this at the end. This is your third page and to keep the size down I'd put your acknowledgements at the bottom in a footer.

5) Be prepared to be questioned over your decisions.

Other than that you'll be fine regardless of how close your research was to the PhD position.

Thread: Taking A Break

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16-Jan-19, 11:14
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That's odd.
This exact same post word for word was put on this forum a few months ago under a different user name.

Thread: Formal Complaint?

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15-Jan-19, 21:48
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posted about 6 days ago
Quote From monkia:
BTW, all the complains are anonymous, you dont know who I am or who is the supervisor is, of course, I agree that rate my supervisor is not acceptable, because the cases must be treated in the light and hearing both sides, but the problem inside the campus there a game of power inequality, that what faced in our home universities and even after travelling. I wish again to understand that cases in the future must be handled in fair, and not wasting time of the student as well. Thank you once again.


I am not in any way downplaying the problems that students face with their supervisors and the difficulties in getting a fair result when formal complaints are being dealt with but there are ways to overcome these sorts of things without resorting to the sort of tactics we are quick to accuse our supervisors of engaging in.

For a start someone needs to take their university and supervisor to court. Someone will HAVE to do that before the abuse of power gets properly dealt with.

Thread: Formal Complaint?

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15-Jan-19, 21:44
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posted about 6 days ago
Quote From monkia:
@pm133, I dont know if you imply I give a negative advice! Actually, I didnot give advice, I want this mess stop, of course, every one experience is different and I wish as I said to find a good advisor, but the percentage isnot high as expected.

If I was targetting you specifically I would have named you.



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Can the admin of the website delete my account! I don't find the setting of deleting it.

Really, this is not a good way of dealing with differences of opinion. You should take a moment to reflect on this. You should also perhaps have waited for my response to your previous post to me before posting this one.

Thread: Formal Complaint?

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15-Jan-19, 21:37
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posted about 6 days ago
rewt, I think you provide a very good example of why we must allow people to be investigated fairly. Thanks for highlighting this.

Use of social media to attempt to destroy a person's career through "trial by media" is completely unacceptable and downright unprofessional. Encouraging this is cowardly and completely counter-productive.

Use of tools such as "RateMyProfessor" should be treated with the disdain it deserves.

Innocent until proven guilty is how we operate in civilised society. We allow both sides to have their say in an open manner. We should not be simply accepting the word of people using anonymous internet accounts and then leaping to judgment.

There's not much which serious riles me but there's a fair bit of steam coming out of my ears tonight.

Thread: 2 years PhD transfer report

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15-Jan-19, 18:40
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Quote From phdproject:
UK. I am on 3.5 years funding program, by the time I would submit my progression report I would be left with 17 months to complete my PhD which is my main concern. The committee might not be convinced that I could get results in 17 months.


There is no point beating around the bush - yes there is a risk they may not be convinced you will complete but consider a coiuple of things.

1) Your supervisor and your university will not want to fail you. It reflects terribly on them.
2) Most people don't have much published at your stage.
3) The overwhelming majority of those who make it to submission will eventually get their PhD. Very few fail.
4) The deadline for submission is not 3.5 years. You will be allowed to continue beyond that date. Most people take 4 to 5 years in the UK.

You are probably in better shape than you think.

Thread: Formal Complaint?

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15-Jan-19, 18:35
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Quote From trys11:
@monkia All you say is true. Pursuing a phd is both time consuming and tiring. Also, even if its funded, your wage is much smaller than it would be if you started your career having a regular job. So if you start and bump on such a bad supervisor you loose time, money and most importantly the will to continue!
Even if you find another supervisor that is legitimately good the damage in your psyche is already done and you wont be able to see your phd studies with the same passion and energy as you did in the start.
Or at least thats what I think


You need to be very careful what advice you are listening to.
Whilst it's good to be aware of the potential for problems, the last thing you want to risk is walking through the door on day one of your PhD with very damaging preconceptions about what the experience will be like for you personally.
Even worse would be to listen to bad advice and not even attempt the journey yourself.
What you have posted here concerns me that you are sounding like someone who is psyching themselves out before they start.

There is a saying when you run your own company that a satisfied customer will tell 1 or 2 others about their experience. A dissatisfied customer will likely tell 30 to 40 people pr more simply by posting to Facebook. By extension, be aware that the posts on here will come substantially from those who had negative experiences.
You will not get a balanced set of positive and negative stories on any online platform.

Please be careful when making your decision.

Thread: Formal Complaint?

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15-Jan-19, 13:58
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posted about 6 days ago
That post of Tienah is a timely reminder that students are just as capable of appalling behaviour as supervisors.
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