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How do you tell if your PhD supervisor is sexually harassing you?

You don't need to be a woman to understand how a sexual predator acts and this man is definitely crossing a line. He's also doing it in a way that you doubt yourself that it's actually happening. That's classic predator behaviour. Right now he's looking to see how you will react before he commits himself.

You need to establish some distance at this point. Keep things professional rather than friendly and try to avoid being in his presence alone.

I would approach the university support services for some confidential advice.

Be assured though that you are being wronged here.

Desperate for learning

Hi Gimmick,

Your PhD won't count towards your pension as it is untaxed income and you crucially pay no NI on this. You don't declare it at all on your tax returns.
What you could do is register as self employed and pay voluntary NI contributions (about £160 per year) which covers a full year's contributions for you. That's what I did.

As for your PhD subject. I'd expect a Zoology or Science based PhD position will require statistics so avoiding maths might be an issue.

Good luck with this.

PhD help

In the current climate I think you are going to struggle to get a funded PhD position.
Additionally, I would always advise against doing a PhD starting from such a weak undergraduate level position.

Finding a Post Doc

Who is telling you that 40 years old is too old for a postdoc?

How do I know if I should leave my PhD?

Personally, I would flat out refuse to do a mandatory 60 hour week and I would have stated that during the PhD interview. I occasionally have worked more hours but I wouldn't allow anyone to mandate anything above a 40 hour week maximum. I always asked this question during interviews to avoid the sort of situation you are in.

In your situation now, I'd simply ignore that request. As others say, what can they do?
I'd also completely ignore the "who's got the hairiest chest" competition between your co-workers about who works the longest hours. It's their own health and happiness they are sacrificing.

This is a lesson for you in how to care less about what others think of you (within reason). You don't want to be a dick about this but you also have more things to consider than allowing others to make your life intolerable.

First week...should I quit?

If you feel like this in the first week then that's a pretty clear sign that the PhD process is not for you. I do understand the arguments from other posters above but I think this simply won't help you at this stage. It would be different had you been 2 years into your PhD and struggling.

I wouldn't worry about the university department. They will see a lot of people in your position. The funding will be passed to someone else.

As a separate issue, you probably want to look into getting support for your mental health issues. Your GP will help.

I want to quit my PhD. Advice and Reassurance.

CanIStopNow, whatever you decide to do, it's important that you do it for yourself and your own reasons. Obviously it's shame you want to stop at this late stage but honestly, you should not feel guilt or pressure from anyone else to complete.

I would also add that it doesn't matter whether you want to go into academia or not. I had no real intention of doing that either. For me it was solely about reaching the pinnacle of what our country's education system can offer. I'll never use the actual stuff from my thesis but that was never the point.

The real risk for you is that you make a snap decision which you end up regretting.

One option you have is that you could ask to take a formal 12 month break and find a job in the meantime. That would give you space to think.

Do you need to make your final decision now?

PhD Funding

Quote From Monica123:
I am currently applying for phd funding for international students. I came in contact with a professor and he saw my transcripts and told me to prepare a research proposal which I am currently in the process of it. I have got 2:1 in my undergraduate for chemical engineering and for my masters in green chemistry and sustainable technology I have secured a merit. Due to the pandemic, I have faced various mental issues and stress and I have not done quite well in my maters. I really dont know if I would be eligible for a PhD funding with the grades I have. I am doubting if I should continue to apply for the funding and as well as complete the proposal.

There should be no issues as regards getting funding but the bigger concern is your mental health. I would always strongly recommend fixing this before you start a PhD because otherwise that could be a very serious problem for you later on. A PhD will expose and probably make worse any mental health problems you have.

Is Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University a good place to get a masters from?

The university you get your degree from is irrelevant to your chances of being accepted into a PhD program unless it is a university with a particularly bad reputation.

Did you have research experience when applying for a phD?

It wasn't expected but I had two full summers of research experience and also had a year of industrial experience as part of my degree and that was pure research within a company.
It also helped that I did my PhD with my undergraduate mentor.

You don't typically need research experience in the UK but it won't harm you if you have some. I can't speak for other countries.

How to deal with feedback?

My supervisor and I always preferred to go through changes face to face even if he had added notes to my paper.

Any advice would be general rather than "write this specific sentence". He might suggest a phrase but he always left it to me to work out the details. He also wouldn't highlight the same error twice. The expectation was that if he raised an issue, I'd check the remainder of the document for the same type of error.

If I disagreed with some advice I would raise that and present my case but these reviews were always done in a collegiate manner and actually it was a brilliant working relationship.

It sounds like your relationship with your supervisor is not balanced if you are unsure how to approach issues like the one you describe. Are they telling you what to do or suggesting what you should do? It absolutely should be the latter but all too often ends up being the former.

Inferiority complex from friends and family

Quote From Em89:
Hello. The other family member did the degree full time, as well as being a mother but as part of a family unit (she is two years younger than me), I did mine full time whilst working and a single parent. The other family member is lovely and see's that we both had different journey's - neither was harder or easier because those experiences are relative to our own circumstances. I suspect it was the Aunts (the person drawing the comparisons) way of justifying her treatment towards me and not her cousins wife (big family celebrations were held for the cousins wife's graduation). The inference was that because I was a single mother and gay, I therefor ticked a diversity quota that meant my achievements were handed to me as some form of positive discrimination.
I get you on the 'leaving the job', my father was horrified when he found out I'd given up my career to follow my original path!

I wonder if the single mother and the gay thing feature prominently in their treatment of you. It might not be your education at all.

Unsure about progression

Hi Dave,

It's clear that you want an environment where you can progress intellectually.
Firstly, I would stop caring what other people might think about you being lucky to have a job right now. Their opinions are irrelevant and changing how you think about this might be a good first step for you. You need a clear head to consider your options.

You have a few options. Either find a new job allowing progression (but your lack of a PhD might be an issue) or get an industrial PhD (difficult to find but they are definitely out there). There is a name for these types of PhD. Someone else might be able to remember. The other option is the PhD but the issue with any PhD is whether you can get the type of work you want afterwards. Another option is to take a PhD with the aim of starting your own company afterwards. This is a much overlooked avenue but might be worth a thought.

I would urge you to get your mental health sorted before you start a PhD.

Anyone know anything about online study for A-levels?

Well this is a bit weird.
Both my daughters are trying to do the same thing and we were discussing it last night.
I told them to contact either the SQA or AQA for advice on certified exam centres etc. and they'll be making the calls on Monday. Happy to post back with the advice they receive.

Does anyone else feel weird with the forum layout?

Henestly, I think the only change needed now is to make the "latest" page the landing page.
Just while there are so few posts.
The rest looks pretty nice.