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Thread: Can university use personal mental health against me

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28-Jun-19, 20:33
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posted about 4 months ago
If your mental health issues are either preventing you from fulfilling your work or causing problems in any capacity for others, then they have every right to sign you off on sick leave. Where they can legally go from there will depend on the country and their legislation.

Your recorded comments about needing military-style abuse are not helpful to you but I am not sure that they even need that to remove you from the work environment.

You need proper legal advice. We are happy to help on here but none of us are legal experts I suspect.

Thread: Very frustrated PhD Candidate

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28-Jun-19, 20:21
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posted about 4 months ago
If a journal is "good" (whatever that means), they will be inundated with paper submissions. You could easily be waiting up to a year depending on the journal.
You could phone them and ask the current status.

As for the experimental stuff, that's part and parcel of research I'm afraid. 3 months is not much time. It might help if you try not to put time expectations on things. Are you able to break your setup down into manageable testable chunks to try and narrow down where the issue might be?

Both of your problems indicate an unhealthy relationship with setting time expectations. I think you need to focus your energies on why this is the case. Time can be your friend or your enemy.

Thread: Why does my supervisor ask the other student, rather than me, to make a poster?

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22-Jun-19, 17:00
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posted about 4 months ago
You should ask your supervisor directly about this.

Thread: How to write to university for treating my appeal with proper manners

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17-Jun-19, 18:30
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posted about 4 months ago
I'm not surprised that you are facing this sort of problem.
All large organisations are like this because there is nothing in it for them to make these things easy for you.

They want you to give up and go away.
When you take on any appeal such as this you need to be prepared to hassle them until they do what they say they will do in their procedures. You might even find that their procedures state that they "should" respond within a certain timescale rather than "must". There's a big difference and I'm betting they state the former. You should check this.

Other than that, I'm afraid you have to settle in for a long fight.
It took me over a month to get them to send me my PhD certificate after I'd paid for it many months prior to that. They eventually sent it in a plain brown unmarked cylinder tube rather than a formally labelled uni tube in a clearly petty response to my continually emailing them.

You need to be sure you can handle this sort of nonsense or it could very easily grind you down.

Thread: Is there still a chance for me to get a distinction

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12-Jun-19, 21:33
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I think the regulations are only guidelines.
In order to ensure parity with previous years, grade boundaries can and do move around. 70% may not be enough. Conversely 68% might be enough in some years. It works like this at school level too.
Someone here who is involved in marking might be able to clarify but I think I am right here.

Thread: publishing papers out of my completed PhD thesis

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08-Jun-19, 10:25
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I won't lie, reading about chasing increasing H-factors, citation scores and impact factors makes me glad I quit academia. I can feel the life being sucked right out of me just reading it :)
As an aside though, I am sure that self citations don't count towards any scores. That would be open to all sorts of abuse.

Thread: Relationship with supervisors unworkable months from finishing

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06-Jun-19, 06:08
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posted about 4 months ago
Quote From Kelpie1:
Thanks for your reply guys/gals!
I'm trying to muster up the strength of character needed to push through. The idea of rocking up to my graduation with 2 kids does sound appealing :).
I bet you do remember the process though - how demoralising it is, and how it can make you feel like a failure.


My PhD was largely fine although I couldn't fathom out what I wanted to do after I graduated.
What got me was the last few months when I switched off almost completely. My viva was very challenging and I just wanted the whole thing to be done. I couldn't think straight and I was feigning interest. Once I passed the viva I took another 6 weeks to finalise a couple of papers and give a conference talk. The last struggle was getting my final paper published which I no longer cared about. That dragged on for a few weeks. By the time I was done I was pretty broken and quit academia. I'm glad I went through the PhD but I'll never forget the horror of that final struggle. The switch-off came on so suddenly that it took my breath away. Had that happened a few months earlier I would definitely have walked away. Just goes to show that we all have our breaking point.

Thread: Relationship with supervisors unworkable months from finishing

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04-Jun-19, 20:59
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posted about 4 months ago
At this late stage you probably don't need your supervisors help anymore. I would resist further contact, write up and leave.
I'm afraid academia is peppered with these absolute bastards and you are better off getting finished and away.

Thread: Mphil upgrade fail...help??!!!!

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03-Jun-19, 13:54
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I'm afraid tru is correct. If your supervisor won't back you, you are in a very difficult position.
You should at least have your supervisor answer your question about why he has changed his mind.
I suspect he has been over-ruled by his department. Is he a new researcher?

Thread: Is this a fail?!!

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01-Jun-19, 16:35
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In which case you might be worrying for nothing.
It would have been a lot worse if those results had predicted something which had to then be fully refuted. THAT may have justified a rewrite.

Thread: Is this a fail?!!

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30-May-19, 17:20
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posted about 5 months ago
Quote From Tudor_Queen:
Family not understanding PhD... the worst for me was when I have loads and loads of work left to do and not much time left, and they were like "don't worry, it'll go really quickly!"


I stopped talking to people in the weeks before my viva for that same reason. Nobody can really help at this point. You've just got to remember what the viva is there to test and to make sure you feel you can defend your decisions.

You mentioned in another post that you over-ruled your supervisor because you didn't buy into their argument and suggested I might be from the same cloth. You are quite correct. There were many times where my supervisor said X and when I went to check it I came back to him and said actually it is Y and here is why. That was from my second month onwards and became a regular thing. The point was that I was doing the work and uncovering problems with his methods. Fortunately he was very good about it or that would have caused a real problem.
To be fair to him, we had a conversation right at the start about what we expected of each other and that made the relationship an absolute breeze.

Thread: Is this a fail?!!

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30-May-19, 17:14
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posted about 5 months ago
Quote From Dr_Crabby:
Also, pm133 I apologise for being a bitch, I'm pretty stressed but that's no excuse :)


No problem :)

I am not sure the advice I was trying to give you came out in my posts - I have a reputation for being pretty direct.

All I really wanted to advise was that if you are questioned (and you should be) about why you chose those methods she suggested, you want to avoid any hint that she made those decisions. I am assuming though, that you probably already know that.

I know this is stressful for you but if you haven't got that covered then it might be good to take a moment to think about how you'd handle it. In the pressure cooker of a viva it can be really easy to say things you might regret. I had a full-blown argument with my own internal examiner right at the end and the external had to step in. My internal used an unfortunate phrase which suggested that he thought I might have faked some results and I went from 0 to 100 mph in a split second. It's funny to think about it now but at the time it was nearly a disaster. He just didn't know that a tool I was using could give certain results and claimed it COULDN'T give those results, rather than asking whether it was the best tool to make those calculations. He was wrong to make a definitive claim like that and the external had to correct him.

Anway, that story probably isn't helping you much either =:-O....

Thread: Is this a fail?!!

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29-May-19, 23:33
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posted about 5 months ago
Blaming her is misguided.

It's your PhD, your thesis and your viva defence. You are going to be challenged on what you did and why you did it. Saying that you did it because you assumed your supervisor was correct and that you didn't subsequently and independently verify her advice would be a disastrous strategy. You need to think through exactly what you are going to say when asked about this. The viva is there to check that you have personally done the work and made the crucial decisions. A major slice of your thesis has fallen foul of this.

If you don't see that my pointing this out to you in advance of your viva and warning you what to expect is helpful to you then that would be a real shame.

Thread: Corrections and depression, are my meds working?

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29-May-19, 17:38
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posted about 5 months ago
I suspect none of us are medical doctors on here and can't really advise on what is a personal medical issue. There could be withdrawal symptoms and other related side issues which none of us are likely to know about.

You should really discuss this with the person who thought your condition was so serious that it required medication to help you in the first case.

Thread: Is this a fail?!!

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29-May-19, 17:34
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I would be re-writing my thesis to make these changes right now.
That way you are already ahead of the curve in terms of fixing things when you have your viva.
Rewt is right that your analysis of dodgy statistics is worthy of note but none of us can ease your mind over how your external will view that. Already being ahead of the curve and being able to demonstrate that during the viva will definitely help you.

As an aside, I always advise against people blaming their supervisor for mistakes like this. At this stage you are expected to know what you are doing and why. You are expected to be an independent researcher now. You shouldn't be relying on your supervisor for core parts of your thesis (and what you are describing is certainly core). That falls squarely on your shoulders I'm afraid. It sounds like you are owning this now though and are making the changes required.
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