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Thread: Please I made Mphil Grade in my Masters

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25-Nov-19, 14:31
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posted about 3 months ago
What was your undergraduate degree grade?

Thread: any point applying for phd positions with a 2.1?

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25-Nov-19, 14:29
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posted about 3 months ago
You might find that you struggle to get the PhD position you want with a 2:1 if you are in competition with those with a 1st but you will probably find something. If your 2:1 is very low I would seriously recommend you take a step back and consider whether your academic background is strong enough to make the journey without you fixing whatever needs fixing. It's hard enough without having the undergraduate principles secured.

By the way, if I can provide one piece of advice it would be to drop the "genius postdoc" thing. It's absolutely not true (there is no such thing as a genius) and it's potentially highly damaging to your confidence to be thinking that way. A PhD is no longer just about being academically brilliant. Yes you need to be smart but it's about hard work and an independent attitude more than anything else. It might be worth considering that this "genius" has not even secured their first permanent job yet and may yet find it hard to do so. Leave them to their own difficult life journey and just focus on yours.

Thread: PhD finance

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25-Nov-19, 14:20
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I'm not sure I understand what has happened here.
Presumably you had plans in place at the start of the PhD to allow you to get through the entire process?
Did something change during the year to upset those plans?

Thread: Thesis error could it cost me my PhD?

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25-Nov-19, 14:15
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posted about 3 months ago
Let us know how you get on.

Thread: Being sick and turning up late for my PhD

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25-Nov-19, 14:10
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I have to say that in my opinion, unless there are safety issues, it is not reasonable for a supervisor to be dictating what specific hours a fully grown adult student should be working in 2019. I asked questions about this during my interview and it was one of my red lines. I came and went as I pleased.

Not sure why you are talking to an RA. Those guys are not permanent employees are they? Either way, they are not responsible for your welfare and I would email your actual boss explaining your health concerns and also approach the university student services. You should consider reporting the threats you are receiving.

Thread: Thesis error could it cost me my PhD?

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21-Nov-19, 19:30
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Quote From justagirl23345:
Hi guys,

I was reading my PhD thesis before the viva and realised that there’s a big mistake... when I sent the pdf copy of my thesis to the printers they couldn’t open it but everyone else could. Anyway they managed eventually and sent me a copy to check it was the same... I thought it was apart from one minor formatting thing... I was wrong... The symbols such as alpha and micro have been removed of my graphs.. This maybe affects 12. Figures in the Thesis... would it be enough to fail me?


There is absolutely no way that this will be anything other than a minor tweak.
Make sure you go into the viva with post-it notes all over your own copy. Nothing impresses more than you being able to say "It's OK, I've got a fix for that. It should read xxx and I'll fix that as part of my changes".

Thread: Does the ranking of the university matter for PhD?

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21-Nov-19, 19:28
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You are welcome.
I would also advise you that if you are worried about this, start researching into how to progress your career beyond the PhD as soon as possible. There's lots of things you can do to improve your chances of getting a permanent position such as organising conferences, doing outreach work with school kids, offering to help with the administration tasks within the department, marking class tests, tutorials etc. You cannot start this type of thing too early. Start talking to people who actually have permanent jobs for further advice and be wary of those who have not yet secured permanent employment (including myself by the way :-D because beyond this advice I can't help you further ).
You'll be surrounded by others who will talk incessantly about impact factors and league tables. Leave them to it. That would be my advice.

Thread: Bewildered and confused by supervisor

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21-Nov-19, 19:18
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posted about 3 months ago
drwubs, I am not sure why you think I misunderstood what you were trying to say.

I have seen this type of situation so often that my advice in these cases almost writes itself.
My gut feeling from your original post was that you were presenting partly finished work and then asking for feedback. I then felt that you were poor at taking such feedback and that your response would be negative and defensive and that your supervisor would then behave the way they did. These were my thoughts on how this situation has occurred and that is precisely what I am seeing in your response (above) to my advice.
My advice then follows that analysis. I would now add that if you want to bounce ideas with your supervisor, you should not hand over partly complete paperwork for "review". Just chat about possible work.

I have no idea why you are talking about apportioning "blame". You are going to receive a lot of advice over the years. If you are going to be interpreting that advice through the prism of believing people are trying to "blame" you, you are going to have difficulty.

My advice stands as I described it in my first response. If you persist with your current approach you are going to cause yourself serious but entirely avoidable problems. As ever, you are perfectly within your rights to accept it or dismiss it. Good luck either way.

Thread: Does the ranking of the university matter for PhD?

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21-Nov-19, 18:53
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You need to be thinking about the quality of the research and the reputation of your group rather than wasting time on nonsense such as university rankings. After that, you need to be thinking about producing great papers and networking. Honestly, obsessing over rankings is a waste of time and energy unless you are talking about Cambridge or Oxford.

I have worked alongside people in permanent academic posts who went to ex- polytech unis and people from Russell Group unis who can't get out of post doc hell.

There is a lot of snobbery about these institutes but it's all bullshit and in my experience it's largely coming from students who went there. Please don't allow yourself to be distracted by this sort of thing.

Thread: failing before the PhD

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19-Nov-19, 22:50
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I'm struggling to understand why they told you that you could not fail the theoretical part of your PhD. Having a demonstrable understanding of the theoretical work underpinning your research is absolutely crucial. You cannot and should not pass without having that.

Who told you that you "could not fail this part" and do you have that in writing?

Thread: Post doc tips ?

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19-Nov-19, 22:46
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Start as you mean to go on.
Sit down with your supervisor at the earliest possible opportunity and ask exactly what they expect of you.
To be honest, this should be done at interview stage and you should already know this. It's easily fixed however.
No other advice is possible because every supervisor is different and you risk stepping on toes or pissing people off.

Thread: Bewildered and confused by supervisor

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15-Nov-19, 01:00
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TQ, that monologue directly followed the OP rejecting the advice from their supervisor regarding their approach to paper writing.

I'd also like to hear a bit more about how that prior conversation went to see if some understanding of the monologue can be gained. A bit more detail about exactly what the supervisor said would also help. I think that's at the heart of the problem the OP is facing and it's the bit I don't think we are getting the full story on because nothing from the original post justifies such a negative monologue unless the supervisor detected and was trying to sort out a negative, defensive attitude from the OP. Was it frustration from the supervisor?

I think we're all guessing at this stage.

I agree with having a supervisor who meets your needs and I know this caused you some considerable trouble. There is a fine line between being supportive and being expected to critique incomplete work. That last bit would be an absolute red line for me. If I was a supervisor I wouldn't entertain this at all.

Thread: Bewildered and confused by supervisor

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14-Nov-19, 14:53
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rewt, even when you know exactly what you want and have your shit together and both parties are onboard, you can still have these niggly issues at the start of any relationship.

During my interview, I thought I had sorted this all out with my supervisor before day one but then I found myself panicking 5 weeks in when a calculation failed and I didn't know where to start. I remember emailing him the log file and being in his office for a chat, wondering why he kept giving general advice instead of just opening the damn file, reading the error code and telling me what was wrong. Then I remembered our discussion at the interview where we both established that this PhD was mine alone, that this is what I asked for from him (to keep out of my way as much as possible) and that this is what he thought would best help me for the future and I burst out laughing at being so daft.

I was a bit embarrassed after that but I didn't repeat the error.
It was a bit like cockily announcing to your parents that you don't need any help with your new home. You're an adult now. And then 20 minutes after taking possession of the property, you're knocking on their door asking for milk because you don't know the area but the supermarket could be easily found with the internet and a bit of work on your part.

It's just important that if this is the OPs problem that they correct it immediately.

I miss the early days of my PhD. :-(

Thread: Bewildered and confused by supervisor

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14-Nov-19, 13:17
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I'm not sure we're getting the full story here.

I might be reading this wrong but the problem as I understand it from your post seems to be that you are taking incomplete work, in the form of a partially written paper, to your supervisor and asking for feedback. It sounds to me like he wants you to complete your research and your paper to the extent that you believe it is as good as needs be prior to publishing before seeking his feedback. Anything else is getting them to do your job for you. You also allude to this later on as regards the monthly meetings where you were told to come back only when you had something tangible to show. This is the red flag for me from what you've written.

Unfortunately it sounds like your response to this request was negative and defensive (not sure I understand your written music reference).I wonder if this provoked criticism of your ability (or attitude?).

I might be wrong here but if I was you, I'd clarify if this is the issue. If it is, then it's easily fixed by you only going to him with complete work. You can also ease the tension between you by saying you misunderstood the criticism you were receiving.

Thread: Campus Closure.

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12-Nov-19, 15:25
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It might be a solution rather than a problem because you should be able to quickly find someone else to supervise you. Nobody is going to turn down a few years of fees. Just a shame you have to worry about this sort of thing at such an early stage.
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