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Thread: PhD Grant rejected. Any advise?

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16-May-20, 11:39
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posted about 2 months ago
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pm133, the application was submitted March for starting Fall 2020...
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Absolutely - right in the teeth of a global pandemic and you'll be seeing a large swell of applications going in from those in their final year who know the employment situation is about to be dire for a few years.

Your rejections may not really be anything to do with your ability - just unfortunate timing.

Thread: PhD Grant rejected. Any advise?

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15-May-20, 22:54
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I imagine that PhD applications to all positions are going to be through the roof right now with next to nobody apparently hiring the latest crop of graduates (or anyone else at the moment).

I'm afraid you are going to have to keep trying in the current climate.

Thread: Going around in circles and feel pretty lost

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15-May-20, 13:36
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Hello,

Thanks for your reply. Firstly, I'd like to apologies for the many grammatical errors in my initial post. It's my own fault for writing so late at night!

To answer your question, pm133, much of the research in Computer Science currently focuses on (or at least involves) data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence or IoT. I have been spending my spare time learning ML. However, I fear this will take at least 12-18 months and even then, I may not be able to reach a sufficient level to complete a PhD in the subject.


18 months seems rather long. Are you secure on the underlying mathematical principles of ML? In other words, calculus, differential equations, statistics/probability and most importantly linear algebra?

Thread: Going around in circles and feel pretty lost

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13-May-20, 10:53
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Maybe it's a good time to take a step back and fill in the gaps in your undergraduate background in your spare time?
You might only need a few months of going through online courses and videos from the likes of MIT.

What is it you feel you are missing?

Thread: Claiming Universal Credit during 5th year of PhD. Advice/ Help.

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30-Apr-20, 22:42
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posted about 3 months ago
This all seems to hinge on some vague description of whether or not you are "technically" still a full time student.

You really need to get some independent advice on this from perhaps Citizens Advice.

A simpler method might be to phone the UC hotline and tell them exactly what you've said here.

Thread: Information

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21-Apr-20, 11:25
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posted about 3 months ago
I would ignore the academic requirements of those jobs unless you have no degree at all.
Experience trumps qualifications in almost all cases when it comes to industrial engineering unless you want to go into industrial research. You'll probably find quite a few older employees in engineering still don't have degrees at all.

Good luck with this.

Thread: incompatibility with phd supervisor

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17-Apr-20, 11:10
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posted about 3 months ago
TQ, if changing research interests is genuinely the case then that probably is a better approach. The problem is that if you pretend the problem is one thing when it isn't, you risk having your bluff called. Whatever approach is taken, my advice would be that it is grounded in reality. If you are caught lying about the reason for wanting to move supervisor, he might see straight through it and that might cause more problems than it solves.

It's a difficult situation without a doubt.

Thread: Who can I use as a reference?

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16-Apr-20, 21:10
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Yes you can use someone from your undergrad department regardless of where the PhD is taking place. That's what I did.
I don't see any need to worry about the 3 year gap.

Thread: incompatibility with phd supervisor

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16-Apr-20, 21:07
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In which case I would tell him that I needed more supervision than he is able to provide and would ask if he would support another supervisor taking that task on.
How you phrase these things needs great care to ensure it doesn't sound critical or aggressive but him being very busy is the leverage you need to make the change.

Thread: Do you suggest reviewers?

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14-Apr-20, 18:06
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I had to suggest two to three potential reviewers on each of my publications.
The editor can pick one or ignore all of them and choose his own.

Thread: Unresponsive Co-Supervisor

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14-Apr-20, 18:03
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posted about 3 months ago
If you genuinely need your co-supervisor, I would email and then either phone or ask by email for a meeting on date X, Y or Z for face to face feedback and allow them to select whichever of those dates best suits them. Allow them to offer an alternative date. I would also tell them how long you expect that meeting to last. You should try and make it 30 mins. Once the meeting starts you can probably get away with extending that to an hour.
That approach avoids the problem of setting deadlines on them which can provoke a less than friendly response.

The key is being as focussed during that meeting as possible so they trust that you won't waste their time by turning up and waffling like an idiot. You also want to make sure your questions are reasonable for you to be asking at this stage of ypur PhD.

Thread: incompatibility with phd supervisor

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12-Apr-20, 06:29
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posted about 3 months ago
Being well known in his field isn't really relevant because as you've said, the group doesn't appear to be very good at publishing.
In what way is he powerful?

Thread: incompatibility with phd supervisor

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11-Apr-20, 10:32
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posted about 3 months ago
It sounds like you are well into your second year.
If you have a clear idea of what you are doing I would be considering breaking away from your supervisor and working independently. This is my advice for working with all poisonous or incompatible people. If independent working doesn't solve it, I would be considering other options such as finding other opportunities.

Are you in the UK? I ask because if you are, 7 to 8 years is ridiculous.
Your age should not be a concern. I did my PhD in my mid to late 40s. Many people do this in their later years,

In summary, you have to look for areas to take control of your PhD.

Thread: Advice on 'cold emailing' PIs for post-doc

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11-Apr-20, 07:27
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I would be very surprised indeed if we emerge from this situation without seeing several universities disappear.
I would however say that many PIs will have secured external funding and I would suggest you continue to contact those who are advertising at the moment. There's a small window to get into a position and if you manage it you might be OK for 2-3 years. That might be enough to ride out the storm.
Unfortunately, not many businesses are going to be hiring either. Well over 1 million people have signed on for Universal Credit in the last 2-3 weeks and that's going to get worse.

As for cold calling, I have to say that my old supervisor always told me that if he had funding he would have either advertised the position immediately or would have allocated it to someone. He might not work the same as others.

In short, I would agree with TQ and Bewildered but with the exception that if I were you, I certainly wouldn't hold off until it was clear that window I was talking about had closed.

Thread: Assistance with scholarship application

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12-Mar-20, 15:24
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posted about 4 months ago
By giving you a scholarship, they are investing in you instead of another person.
I think they want you to explain why they should do that in your case.
Why are you specifically worth investing in? What's so special about you?
eng77's post above gives a good suggestion about how to answer that question.
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