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Thread: Campus Closure.

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07-Nov-19, 16:54
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Have you talked with your supervisor(s) about the closure? They will be equally affected and will know a lot more about your options than us.

At my university the two campuses were relatively close (1 hour drive) and most people moved. Reportedly a few students moved to other universities with their supervisors but for the most part it was a good transition. There wasn't any campaign to stop the move as it was outside their control and most people just accepted it and tried to do the best for themselves.

Thread: Masters without completed Bachelors

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07-Nov-19, 13:36
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Honestly you will need to ask the universities directly. As eng77 said, they expect a bachelor or relevant experience, which is considered on a case by case basis. Though the admissions departments are usually very fast at replying and are very helpful. Goodluck and sorry I can't help more

Thread: Campus Closure.

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06-Nov-19, 13:57
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At our university they had the great idea of announcing the decision nearly 2 years in advance. So PhD students that were near completion could finish and newer ones got moved. What year of your PhD are you in?

Thread: Thesis as collection of articles

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06-Nov-19, 09:38
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Hi Rewt, I made my Discussion chapter short and sweet. It was a summary of the studies and what they found (couple of pages), followed by a summary of the limitations, a summary of the implications, and a summary of directions for future work. Each of these sections of my discussion largely regurgitated what what was in the discussion sections of the papers, but in more of a synthesised way - that is, linking things across the papers and with some additional novel and overarching thoughts that sort of helped wrap it together and make it a cohesive whole. So in a nutshell, my discussion did add something new - in terms of bringing everything together - the sum being more than the individual parts kind of thing. It was only 14 pages long (Times font size 12 and with double spacing!) and was my fave part of the thesis!


Thanks Tudor_queen, that is perfect. I want to do something very similar but my supervisor was hesitant (she believes in the traditional format) and it is good to know other people have done it.

Thread: Is it possible to 'move up'?

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06-Nov-19, 09:34
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Academia is based on meritocracy and though there is snobbishness towards former polytechnics, they will respect you if you do good research. I think the trick is do good research, go to conferences, publish, make good connections, get more publications, post-doc at a better uni, do more good research, succeed. You do have to work harder than students at more well funded universities but you should focus on what you can do (good research!) instead of missed opportunities.

Thread: Campus Closure.

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06-Nov-19, 09:26
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This happened at my uni, I am at the main branch and they closed the satellite branch. They set a cut off date and you either stayed until you finished or were moved to the other branch. Literally one day 15 PhD students turned up. I think something similar will happen with you, either you will stay or be expected to move. Though London to Liverpool is a big change and I would talk with your supervisor about their thoughts. They might not want to move and you could probably follow them.

Thread: PhD newbie, lonely and anxious already!

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06-Nov-19, 09:22
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I felt the same way when i started. Which is why I took so long to post, as I am still not sure if I have resolved this issue myself. The main thing I can say is you are not alone and quite a lot of PhD students have similar problems at some point. Impostor syndrome and loneliness are too major issues with postgraduate reserach that only get mentioned after you start feeling them.

My advice is be brave and just put yourself out there. Once you do it once or twice it becomes easier and you rebuild confidence in yourself. It is easy to build a wall around your work as you wait to perfect it but the best way to improve your work is to show it to other people. Generic university conferences or department conferences are great ways to share your work as the questions are not too difficult and rather generic. Also talking with every research student you can find helps in the long term. I know more people in other departments than my own and you can rebuild your friend network. Losing old friends is part of life and the only real solution is make new friends.

Thread: Thesis as collection of articles

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04-Nov-19, 23:46
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Tudor_Queen, did you use the discussion chapter to talk do a meta analysis of your work or just discuss the work in general? I am thinking of doing something similar but not sure if I can use that discussion chapter to make new conclusions or do I have to stick strictly to my chapters.

Thread: Should I switch advisors and how to do it?

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04-Nov-19, 23:41
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Not to sound unethical but are you sure that this guy is manipulating data? This is a serious allegation and your colleagues appear to have casually accepted it. Have they not had the same ethical conundrum? I also find it hard to believe that these people are just handing over data and are not asking questions about it changing. The others here are right on how to go about changing supervisor but are you making this decision on hearsay?

Again not to sound unethical but I think this is a lot more common than people think and something needs to be said about it. I have tried my utter best to replicate some high tier papers and cannot replicate their results. My results are always 10-15% lower and I have tried other papers that also have impossibly high figures. Fortunately my work is a novel combination of two different projects and such I don't have to compete directly with previous literature. However there is pressure on other researchers when publishing to be better than previous works, that may be fabricated, and causing ethical people to struggle. So once someone is unethical it is easier to also be unethical than to call out that first person.

If you are a early career researcher, in order to publish you have to compete with unethical people or perish. My supervisor has asked me to "polish" my data once or twice and I have flatly refused. Which in hindsight has made my PhD a bit more difficult as I have had to push the novelty of my work that bit harder instead of just being incremental. I honestly believe that a lot of "super star" researchers "polish" data, at least occasionally, because they always seem to get 1-2 high tier papers from every grant. Which is simply not possible as research is inherently risky.

Or this might just be me projecting my own insecurity about my lab skills at 11pm on Monday night.

Thread: How to handle this situation?

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01-Nov-19, 19:31
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This is a really delicate issue and I do not envy you. I am just curious what is the relationship between Departments A and PT, in particular your current supervisors and the new ones. As if you can make the supervisors talk between themselves about this, it takes you out of the middle. I also think you should consider your PhD funding. Is it internal funding, your supervisors funding or a direct grant? As if it is the first two options, you don't really have a say and is a good excuse to turn down department PT.

Thread: Submitting to conferences - two questions

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31-Oct-19, 20:52
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There is a difference between a call for abstracts and a call for papers. You should not submit two conference papers as it wastes peoples time. However if it is just an abstract to decide who should presents, there should be no double submission issues. As it is very common to present a preliminary work at a conference to get feedback before submitting to a prestigious journal. Or for someone presents work which was recently published in journal.

I have results now but 6 months ago it was bit hairy. My project has two distinct parts in different field and I was massively behind in one. I am ahead in the other part but I submitted a couple of abstracts assuming that both parts would go according to plan. Fortunately it was only a flash presentation (2 mins) and a poster.

Thread: Concerned about Thesis (Submitted)

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31-Oct-19, 16:19
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I agree with Tudor_Queen, sounds like minor corrections unless there is some other issue.

Thread: Submitting to conferences - two questions

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31-Oct-19, 16:16
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You can submit the same abstract to two conferences as long as there is no associated conference paper. There are some professors who present the same work for several years and get away with it. I think it is different if you have to submit a paper alongside it. In which case you can submit an abstract to both and choose between them later.

I have submitted several abstracts without results where I just talk about the potential and methodology. I don't specifically say that there are no results and have been accepted several times with this method. However it can get a bit messy if you don't get the results on time and you have to wing it.

Thread: Microbiology-based research jobs UK

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31-Oct-19, 09:45
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GSK has sites across Cumbria (mostly Carlisle), AstraZeneca has a large base in Macclesfield, Sanofi has sites in Cheshire, Sheffield and Newcastle while in Liverpool Allergan and Eli Lilly have significant research facilities in Liverpool. The water companies United Utilities, Yorkshire water and Northumbrian water all have large water testing facilities which include microbiology. There is also a range of small medium sized companies across the North of England. So don't think there are no jobs in the North.

Thread: My hurdle with PhD on Food traceability technologies. Any suggestion?

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28-Oct-19, 09:59
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Go to some conferences. You can talk with experts there and get real feedback. They will be interested in your work and their questions will make you consider your work in different ways. You can also see what is hot in your field and what sort of standards you need to follow. So instead of relying on your university for guidance you make your own network.
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