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Thread: How much did you get drilled on knowledge of techniques you used during your viva?

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05-Dec-18, 15:15
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They can pick anything from what you have written about and grill you until you can't provide further answers.
I was absolutely grilled on a couple of theoretical sections and it was very challenging but I got through it. My examiner was keen to firstly identify the limit of my knowledge and then drill through beyond that to see how I thought through unfamiliar problems. It was a pretty brutal session.

Thread: public health nutrition

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29-Nov-18, 15:33
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posted about 4 months ago
Sigh!

Thread: Is it necessary to send research proposal to the prospective supervisors?

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29-Nov-18, 15:32
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posted about 4 months ago
It means she is happy to help you out on an informal basis without having to assume responsibility for you.

Thread: Tax status as a funded PhD student

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26-Nov-18, 13:04
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As a registered student you are exempt from council tax regardless of work you do on the side.
If you are receiving a stipend for your PhD, that will be tax free and you dont need to declare to anyone.
Your job title, if you need one, is student.
You will have to pay National Insurance on your earnings from payroll work but the uni will sort that out for you. Depending on your tax code you may also be paying tax but in April time you will get that refunded to you by HMRC.

Thread: Accessing journal articles

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23-Nov-18, 16:43
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Quote From rewt:
My library unofficially recommends the service. The journals can trace it to the university but they are not responsible for internet use.


That is not the same thing as saying that accessing that site is consequence free for either the uni or the student. It's just worth bearing in mind that there is a risk here. To be honest I'm not sure I would trust a librarian member of staff who is speaking with any authority on copyright and legal issues which cross international boundaries.

Thread: Accessing journal articles

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23-Nov-18, 16:42
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ToL, my fear would be that the universities could be identified by the journal and that could potentially cause subsequent issues for the university such as restriction of legitimate access to the journals. Elsevier is valued at £35 billion. No company that big is going to sit back and allow their asset to be freely accessed.
Under pressure, the university could easily determine which of their users were accessing these services. That might lead to a threat to your job.
It depends on how much risk you want to take and how realistic those risks are. I am a hge advocate of Sci-Hub but it's only fair to warn people of potential risks of using "illegal services" within your university.
I use it at home regularly but would not access it when at uni premises.

Thread: Turning a chapter into the whole thesis (whilst half-way through PhD?)

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22-Nov-18, 16:15
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Ah OK. That makes me feel slightly less inadequate :-D

Thread: PhD proposal, more theoretical depth

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21-Nov-18, 18:02
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Hi

I have submitted a PhD proposal,and the university said it should be more theoretical depth and provide substantive challenge.and it has lack of a strong theoretical base.

My research proposal mainly depends on qualitive method ^interviews^

Please advise how I overcome these points, I don’t understand it clearly


I would try and find some examples online of successful PhD proposals or ask the university directly. That should help you identify the problem.

Thread: Using scientific methods for business development: any idea please

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21-Nov-18, 18:00
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You must have had some ideas when you came up with your title.Expand on that.

Thread: Judging whether to working under a Potential Junior Supervisor at a Prestigious Institute

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21-Nov-18, 17:58
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On the other side, I feel pity because of this delay that happened to me, I am now about completing 28 in few months, and didn't create family yet, I feel sometimes as my self-confidence is decreasing, but I am trying.


You need to break things down a bit. Maybe focus on one thing at a time. Is having a family really a priority right now? Whjat are you immediate priorities? Maybe by laying those out you can find a way of coping better.
I am still concerned about your post a couple of weeks ago where you talked about suicide. After our advice to you, if you have subsequently prioritised anything ahead of seeing a doctor immediately then my concern will grow. Are you receiving help yet?

Thread: I'm failing grad school

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21-Nov-18, 17:49
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doradorawis, you say the following: "I'm in my early thirties and have given up virtually everything to come to a foreign country for grad school. I can't go back with nothing to show off. Not even a master's degree. I feel so ashamed of myself."

You are also worried about the effect on your partner - presumably the partner who cheated on you? This is very odd. If my partner cheated on me she would be the very last person I would be worrying about inconveniencing.

This suggests you are being driven by what others think of you. This is a disastrous thing to do for your mental health.
I would recommend that you try and focus first on what you want from your life and ignore what others think, even if that means removing those people from your life if they won't respect your decisions. We all take wrong paths in life. It's part and parcel of trying to achieve the most meaningful life for ourselves. Being ashamed of taking a wrong path is ridiculous and really you need to cut that out immediately. It's a hugely damaging and worthless activity to be engaging in. Be proud of taking a chance when so many others fear to even try.

Thread: 1.5 months into PhD and I'm really struggling. How long to give it before considering quitting?

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21-Nov-18, 17:40
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This is the first time I have ever heard of a 23 year old describing themselves as "old" :-D
Every single PhD student will be at least 23 years old and many of them will take part in all sorts of sporting activities within the uni.

I think your FOMO comment is very revealing.
It's preventing you remembering why you gave up a graduate job to go back to uni in the first place. What were your reasons for doing that?

I'm a bit confused. You've barely started the PhD having voluntarily moved away from girlfriend and friends but you are talking about how you can't get through it without them. You must have surely realised this is the situation you'd be in before you started.What has changed?

either way, 2 months is way too short a timeframe to be talking about falling behind in anything. You should set your expectations at somewhere around 12 months before worrying about that.

Thread: Accessing journal articles

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21-Nov-18, 17:35
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posted about 4 months ago
To all those using the fabulous sci-hub (for which all of us who believe in free distribution of publicly paid-for research results should be tremendously grateful), I would recommend you don't attempt accessing this through your university account as you could potentially cause considerable problems for your uni and yourself.

Thread: PhD Affecting all of my Relationships (family, friends, partner)

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21-Nov-18, 17:31
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Fifthyear, yes this story will probably sound very familiar to anyone who does anything special like a PhD where, because of the level you are operating at, very few will understand what you are going through.

The common factor in your problems with others in your life is you. That would suggest the problem is on your side. You talk about what support they are failing to provide for you but I suspect you could turn that around and look at it from their perspective and reach the same conclusion. It could well be you who is withdrawing into yourself and becoming so wrapped up in your own world that it's all becoming about your needs and what you want. You should seriously consider whether this is really what is happening. Are you withdrawing into yourself and then blaming others in your life for not following after you?

The first thing you need to do is consider the above. If I am saying things which ring true then try giving something back to those who have supported you. They may no longer know how to reach you. They may be afraid of you flying off the handle and they might not know what to say to you. Give them an evening now and then where you don't talk about yourself and your PhD. See if that helps.

Secondly, you probably need to stop expecting other people to understand and care about your PhD. This is your particular career and you need to learn that only your view matters. Again turn this around. Are you showing sufficient care and interest in their lives and careers? If not you are in danger of holding others to a standard you are not meeting yourself.

Obviously we don't know each other and I don't know the intricacies of the relationships you are involved in and I may be off the mark with this but I hope there is some useful stuff in the above anyway.

Best of luck.

Thread: Turning a chapter into the whole thesis (whilst half-way through PhD?)

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21-Nov-18, 17:21
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posted about 4 months ago
Wow.
I am very surprised to hear anyone talking about having enough material for a PhD after just 1 or 2 years but congratulations to all those who do. If I recall, 2 years was the historic duration for a PhD in the UK so it shouldn't surprise me too much).

Pretty impressive.
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