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Thread: Appraisal comments and how to deal with them

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19-Feb-20, 00:00
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Focus on the good parts. You mostly got positive feedback, which is what you should be thinking about. Seek to build on your strengths rather worry about your negatives. It is difficult breaking the impostor syndrome cycle but should take compliments at face value, ie as compliments. They like your work, so what is wrong. I know you feel you can be better but your supervisor has praised your work, so it must be good enough. So I don't think you should be worried about it.

Thread: Is it good for a phd topic change on first year

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18-Feb-20, 23:49
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How big of a change is it? Most people's PhD changes through the course of 3 years as the work develops. Like, I greatly simplified my project and focused on a particular concept, as otherwise the experiments would be impossible. You will need to refer to your proposal and see how you can link it with the new topic. If it is a sub-topic in the same overall field with some cross-over you might be ok. Otherwise if it is a big jump you will need to check your funding source.

Thread: Thinking about quitting my PhD

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18-Feb-20, 23:44
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I agree with tru, don't quit the PhD until you have a job lined up. In the meantime you can treat your PhD as strictly a job with regular hours. I think you should only do a PhD if you enjoy the topic/project, as motivation becomes a problem otherwise, like you describe. Treating the PhD as job and developing your life outside of uni will give you some much needed freedom and potentially relive you of burnout (if you have it). I see too many people be consumed by their PhD project to the point that it is their life, which is not healthy. Detaching yourself from your PhD slightly, might make you more motivated, if that makes sense.

Thread: Application rejected but potential supervisor still wants to meet?

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17-Feb-20, 15:47
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That sounds weird. Why did they reject your before an interview but say you were the first choice? I would ask what happened and why you got rejected. There might be a simple explanation but it would definitely be interesting.

I would not assume the visit would be payed for unless they specifically say so. If you can't afford to travel, say so and they understand. They will just set up a video call and you talk that way.

Thread: 2nd supervisor

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17-Feb-20, 15:40
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You don't need to rewrite your proposal to fit a new supervisor. Just find a supervisor who is somewhat interested in your work and ask them to be a supervisor. The second supervisor could be a supervisor in name only, so that you can fill the requirements.

Thread: Reason for failing a student

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17-Feb-20, 15:36
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Hi idemo,

I am sorry to hear you failed and offer my sympathies. Difficult examiners are awful and I don't know why your supervisors let them him barge his way onto your committee like that.

I am assuming that you failed your oral viva at an American university. While not an expert in the American system, did they not give you reasons to why they failed you? Like can you not work on amending the thesis to address their concerns or have they vague general statements. As doing corrections might faster than the legal process.

Thread: Concerned I made the right choice of university...

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17-Feb-20, 15:27
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No one cares what uni you went to if you can show results and can conduct good research. Yes there is some snobbery but academia is somewhat of a meritocracy. So if you actively commit yourself to research and show potential you will still be considered for more prestigious jobs/universities.

Thread: Funding opportunities for non-UK PhD students

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16-Feb-20, 22:36
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I think it heavily depends on the field. Research councils nearly exclusively fund UK/EU citizens. However as PhoenixFuture said interanl funding is usually opne to international students. Also external research funding bodies such as Wellcome, Trust, Leverhulme, Marie Curie, Charities etc allow international students, which could be an option

Thread: 2nd supervisor

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16-Feb-20, 20:53
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Hi, sorry about the delay. Yes you can have supervisors from other universities. At my uni, you have to have 2 internal supervisors and no more than 5 with no other limits on external supervisors. I know someone who has 2 external supervisors (5 total) as part of a large collaboration with another uni. Though your second supervisor does not need to be an expert in your exact topic but could be in the same field or even just help you with a specific methodology.

Thread: What happens to funding if switching from full time to part time EPSRC Studentship?

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12-Feb-20, 12:22
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Your supervisors will not be happy but there is very little they can do about it. The funding and the PhD enrollment are separate, so your PhD position is not dependent on EPRSC funding. Going part time will probably stop the EPRSC funding but they can't kick you from the PhD unless you fail something.

Though, I am assuming that you are an experimental PhD student and if you go into full-time employment will you have the time to do the necessary experiments. It will be hard to manage lab commitments and work commitments which is ambitious.

Thread: Scholarship

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12-Feb-20, 12:17
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I am on 14.5k in Manchester and living okay. You aren't rich but the bursary being tax free massively helps. You can also do teaching assistance which can boost your wage during term time.

Thread: Publishing

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12-Feb-20, 12:15
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Quote From Emp001:
Is there anyone that has been writing and publishing with ease. Please advise how this is done.


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Thread: Phd Admission Interview Cancelled ?

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12-Feb-20, 12:15
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Contact the postgraduate admissions department. They will make sure the application process is done properly and arrange an official meeting.

Thread: What is the role of your second supervisor?

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12-Feb-20, 12:13
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My second supervisor during my MA was in name only, as they were randomly assigned and were only meant to be contacted if our supervisor was unavailable/if we had a dispute.


That sounds like my second PhD supervisor! I think the second supervisor roles varies drastically depending on circumstances, nearly as much as the main supervisor role. It all depends how much you need them, how interested they are or if they are just a placeholder etc. There is no way to predict the relationship beforehand but you could try and set your expectations early in the process. Ie meet at least once every 1-3 months, they are going to help with certain things. The more involved they are at the start the better.

Thread: PhD application - the more they background check you, the higher chance of accepting?

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06-Feb-20, 17:27
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I wouldn't try and guess what they are thinking/doing? I know it is hard but there is nothing you can do at the minute.

A multitude of things can hold up the final decision and you have no idea knowing which. Such as finalizing funding, waiting to interview everyone, filling in paperwork etc. I got a formal offer 3 weeks after my interview, they had made the decision a couple of days after my interview but waited for all the paperwork to be completed. Until they contact you don't know and shouldn't be paranoid. You sound confident and qualified, so I hope you get it.
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