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Thread: Pronouncing difficult (and not so difficult) names

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31-Jan-19, 11:16
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posted about 2 months ago
Personally, I use my best effort to pronounce it. I don't mind being wrong and I don't mind being corrected either.
If the names are tricky, I'm sure you won't be the first to stumble over them.

Thread: The viva report indicative of the examiner(s) 's misunderstanding/misreading

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31-Jan-19, 11:14
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By definition nobody will be an expert in all the areas covered by your research. As rewt says, it is your job to communicate with your examiners on that basis.
I am with rewt on this I'm afraid. If your examiners are not clear on the overall purpose of your research, this is absolutely on you to fix it.

I had this problem with some of my thesis as well. I simply wrote a paragraph in my response to indicate that I was clarifying points which I had made unclear in the original thesis and thanked the examiners for highlighting their concerns and that I hoped I had now resolved the issues to the satisfaction of the examiner. There were several instances of this. I didn't just blindly do what they asked but I did need to make sure I wasn't defensive in my response.

Thread: My Ph.D struggle at the very begging. Need advice

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30-Jan-19, 16:57
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You are way too early to be worrying about this.

Is your supervisor correct when these eventual objections about your ideas are raised?
Evaluate what is causing problems in your original ideas and use this to learn how to better evaulate further ideas yourself. Eventually the idea is that you'll learn to produce ideas which won't be easy to dismiss and you'll have your solid ground.

Thread: Postdoc Crisis

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30-Jan-19, 16:55
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Is he correct or not about the quality of the theoretical results?

Thread: PhD dilemma

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30-Jan-19, 16:51
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This is a horrible experience to have gone through but there is a lesson here for anyone who finds themselves in a situation where they are relying on the results of others to base their entire PhD on.
Never ever trust anyone.
Check and re-check the raw data.
Re-run some of the experiments to be absolutely certain of the credibility of your starting data because failure to do this can be catastrophic.
At the start of my PhD I was asked to add to data run by another student. I had a quick look at it, saw a couple of spine chilling things and decided to ditch the entire lot rather than take a risk.

I'm afraid I have no idea what to advise here other than to take a bit of time off to consider starting again. On the positive side, you've been given the opportunity to start again. I would seriously consider accepting it.

Thread: Feeling totally defeated

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30-Jan-19, 16:34
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How long have you been looking for a postdoc?

Remember only about 10% of fellowship applications are successful. I think that percentage is right.
I was warned by several academics when I came to the end of my PhD that who you knew was significantly more important than what you knew.

Thread: Supervisor vs University - MSc (Life Sciences)

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28-Jan-19, 18:41
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Filip96, it's my mistake here. You mentioned the Masters degree in your first post and I missed it.
As long as you are not prioritising it you will be more likely to make a good decision. So many people get obsessed with rankings and reputation over everything else and it causes no end of trouble for them.
Good luck with your studies.

Thread: Supervisor vs University - MSc (Life Sciences)

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28-Jan-19, 07:58
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FilipJ96, I am not sure where you are getting your information from as regards the correlation between university rankings and the quality of student. During my PhD I found no such correlation in my encounters with those from a wide range of unis.
Your other problem is that you may not be working in a team in the way you may imagine. Your PhD is supposed to be and probably will be largely a solo pursuit. Certainly if you want an academic research career, at some early point you are going tp have to show a large amount of ability to work independently. You seem to be suggesting that you need others around you to drive you. That isn't a healthy place to start your PhD from.

Thread: How long can a single volume thesis be?

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28-Jan-19, 07:46
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Mine was 280 pages and the university binders couldn't get it in one volume. I had to go to an independent printers to get it done but there were no problems with this and it was only £5 more expensive if I remember.

Thread: Co-Supervisor Leaving

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26-Jan-19, 16:19
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That's seriously bad news rewt and it was something I was terrified of happening to me. So much so that during my interview for the PhD I asked him outright if he had ambitions of moving in the next 5 years and what would have to me if he did.

If moving with her is an option I would definitely consider it. I think bewildered's suggestion is great. Getting to spend a few months in each location could work.

Thread: Presentations - obligations?

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26-Jan-19, 16:15
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Nope. You were entirely within your rights to say no.
I would have done the same. I would have emailed her and said "Unfortunately I will not be available blah blah blah". I wouldn't have justified it either by talking about why. If I was asked directly I would say I simply wasn't interested and I would assertively repeat that line until she backed off.
I would also ignore the email from that supervisor and play a passive aggressive role as regards this presentation. BUT. I would have talked to my main supervisor first to advise that I was going to say no to the second supervisor.

I have never been told to do something though. My supervisor simply would never have done that. He'd have asked and possibly strongly recommended a particular thing but he'd never have simply told me it was happening without talking to me first.
I am in the incredibly fortunate position of having a face like thunder when I am deeply focussed so it makes people naturally wary of me :-D
Saved me a lot of hassle :-D

Thread: PhD research position

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26-Jan-19, 16:06
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Quote From Malitony2010:
I will like to make an enquiry on my PhD pursuit :I have a bsc in economic and msc in human resource management but I am confused on the area to focus on for my PhD. Thank you


I am unsure what kind of help you are going to get unless you can provide a bit more detail about what your problem is.

Thread: Supervisor vs University - MSc (Life Sciences)

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26-Jan-19, 16:04
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FilipJ96, In my opinion, I think you are putting way too much emphasis on league tables and perceived reputation. It's interesting that you put your interest in each position almost as a throwaway comment. This sort of decision-making is a mistake and this forum is packed full of people who ran into serious problems as a result of poor decision making at the start of their PhDs.

First and foremost in your mind should be the work you are going to have to dedicate the next few years of your life to. Then you need to consider location including the working conditions because this is where you are going to have to live and work each day. The choice of supervisor should then be in third place because this is the person who will have to support you when you inevitably hit one or more walls during your research. I don't mean their reputation: I mean whether you get on with them, how are other students treated etc.

In my opinion, these three things, in the order I have listed them, are considerably more important than the type of recommendation letter you may or may not get at the endpoint.
I'm not saying you should ignore reputation but you certainly should not make the mistake of ranking it the highest priority in my opinion.

Thread: Working PT alongside EPSRC funded FT PhD?

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26-Jan-19, 15:56
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YorkFuller,

Although there are rules about how many hours to work outside your PhD you could easily get a part-time weekend job away from the uni and not tell anyone.
I don't agree with the advice given by eng77. I don't believe anyone should be "grateful" for anything in this day and age. In a world where a 7 year old is making £2m per month making Youtube videos I would advise anyone to go out there and get whatever you feel you want and ignore those who have a problem with that.
I think the bigger issue for me would be you limiting your PhD work to 40 hours per week. Personally I don't think that is a good idea at all. A PhD shouldn't be a 9-5 job and you might be harming your future here.

Thread: I am pondering whether to Tell the truth that I was a first year PhD student for future interviews

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24-Jan-19, 13:38
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Monkia, I am a bit confused. Are you volunteering this information or are they directly asking for it? Why are they asking your ex-supervisor for a reference?
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