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Thread: FindAMasters and FindAPhD Postgrad Awards

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20-Mar-19, 20:21
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Does being a regular contributor on your forum count?

Thread: PhD thesis standards

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18-Mar-19, 22:48
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Thanks for sharing your experience, that's very encouraging. The problem is why they can make such conclusion if they had no absolute control on this matter. I'm just trying to understand the reason behind their behaviour. Why did they make their PhD student feel so bad? They wouldn't benefit anything from this. I'm not sure if I will file complaint later on because our school has quite bureaucratic system, which means the staff are always right and the student will be blamed for anything. The PhD coordinator in our school is not doing well with his own PhD student, but he is still in charge. The ball is always on their court, that's the sad truth.


PhD supervision can be one smart socially awkward person trying to guide another smart socially awkward person. That sounds like it can cause friction and it isn't always the supervisors fault.

A PhD should be awarded when someone writes a thesis on their work showcasing their accomplishment as independent researcher. The problem is "fuzzyness" on the standard of work and how independent you should be. Two smart socially awkward people may have different perspectives, standards and availability. That is why I always say you should choose the PhD on the project and the supervisor match.

Though on a side note - I was talking with an old school professor who is in 70s and he said PhD supervision has changed massively during his life. Reportedly after his first year of his PhD he would only meet his supervisor once every 2 months or so, just so the supervisor could check he was still studying. He also reportedly only had 1 major draft of his thesis before submission where the supervisor gave general comments on the content but nothing more. Back then it was expected that you learnt from other sources and not rely on your supervisor. I know things have changed but it does show that there is no clear right/wrong way and things are always changing.

Thread: Negative PhD Feedbacks. Only 4 months left

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18-Mar-19, 22:34
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So the overall work and conclusions are good, which is good. I would take that as a massive positive and use that to help justify your worth. It sounds like you have something like impostor syndrome were you doubt you if you are good enough for a PhD. I have had it and I dismissed all my achievements as no good enough or flukes. But embracing the positive words from your supervisors could help motivate you to finish.

With the thesis, do you have a clear structure? You might be able to find the gaps by plotting out each chapter and the key points. By simplifying it you might be able to find the gaps yourself or with the help of your supervisors so you know were you need to improve.

Thread: Negative PhD Feedbacks. Only 4 months left

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18-Mar-19, 12:07
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Do you supervisors have problems with the work or the writing? If you can explain your research verbally to them and they agree that the work is good, you will be fine. Your writing just needs improving and you can try many things to improve that. There are plenty of Dr's out there that had trouble writing up and it is a common problem so don't give up.

If it is the actual work, I would have a sit down with your supervisors and have an honest chat about what you need to do. Work out what needs work, what is good and how long it will take. Make a plan and then decide if you want to quit.

Thread: PhD thesis standards

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17-Mar-19, 12:18
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I don't think your supervisor has much of an impact other than choosing the examiners. Examiners can vary a lot and have massively different standards. Unofficially your supervisor will know stringent the supervisors are and can choose easy examiners to get a poor student through. If your supervisor purposefully chooses people they don't know or have a reputation for being a stickler, prepare for the worst.

Though one of my supervisors reportedly had a 40min viva because their supervisor knew the external and wanted the viva done fast so they could go to the pub. Obviously they were not independent. Also my supervisor has already organised my external who said "the concept alone is worth a PhD". He is also a well-renowned professor who has reportedly never given someone a fail in a PhD viva in over 10 attempts. The guy reportedly looks for the "contribution to knowledge" over the small details. The system can be massively gamed if you can find easy examiners.

Your supervisor can't openly ask your examiners to fail but he can make it difficult. I would assume that you have to meet high standards and have an answer for everything.

Thread: ORCID

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14-Mar-19, 11:29
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Thankyou! It sounds slightly irrelevant but was wondering if there are any long term downsides (like your old Facebook account). But it doesn't seem to matter that much.

Thread: ORCID

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13-Mar-19, 09:40
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Is there any point in signing up for ORCID? I see the point of it it being an independent way to document all your publications, jobs and grants etc. But is it worth a PhD student signing up for it or are there any disadvantages to having one?

Thread: Conditional Offer

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12-Mar-19, 19:47
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It depends a lot. I would recommend you assuming you need at least a 2:1 as that is your offer. If you are having trouble getting a 2:1 without extenuating circumstances you probably shouldn't be doing a masters. However if you have some form of extenuating circumstances they can be more flexible.

Thread: Achieved my goal even with the lack of supervisors

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12-Mar-19, 09:54
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Congratulations! You definitely deserve the PhD after all that.

Thread: Publishing undergraduate thesis - NEED URGENT ADVICE!!

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12-Mar-19, 09:52
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Withdraw and reapply somewhere else. The reviewer wants additional material that you can't give, so convincing him otherwise is not worth the time and effort. You could submit the corrections and the reviewer could still reject you on that. I would politely email the editor withdrawing saying that the reviewer was asking for excessive additional data that you don't have and don't think is relevant.

Side note- your supervisors aren't interested/willing to help? Is there names on the paper? Fastest way to get an academic to help is to offer putting their name on a citable paper.

Thread: Letter of reference-length

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09-Mar-19, 20:56
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It is the quality of the reference more that matters more. I have a reference from my undergraduate tutor saying " I would take him as my own PhD" and "he certainly is capable of doing a PhD if kept motivated". It is only 153 words but it is definitely a good reference.

Thread: ESRC management board

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09-Mar-19, 20:52
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You effectively have it. The management board will look over it and rubber stamp it unless they see something seriously wrong with the review process.

Thread: IS IT WORTH DOING A 'PIPE LEAK DETECTION' PhD (INDUSTRY WISE)?

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04-Mar-19, 12:16
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My filed has a few industrial sponsored PhDs but I am not sponsored myself.

Industrial PhDs vary a lot. They can be great ways to get a follow on job or a waste of time. What you really want to know is how committed is the business and how much support they are willing to give. I know someone that spends 2-3 days a week at the company trialing his equipment on site. Which is great experience if you ever want to work in industry but he can't publish most of his results, so will not have a career in academia. Also some companies will invest a lot of money in equipment/time into helping you which speeds along your learning.

Thread: Choosing a second supervisor

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04-Mar-19, 12:11
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I would suggest that you chose an internal supervisor as there is less hassle with meetings and availability. I would also suggest that when you chose someone suggest it to your primary supervisor as you want your supervisors to get along. I know someone who has 2 supervisors that disagree on everything. you can have supervisor that knows nothing about your topic except the methods - as long as it is clear they are there to help with methodology.

Hope that helps

Thread: Poster - landscape or portrait

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03-Mar-19, 18:34
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I would think it is portrait. Can you email the conference and clarify? They are usually pretty fast at replying.
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