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Thread: NUS vs UNSW

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04-Dec-18, 11:49
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I am with eng77, the country/culture is far bigger than the university ranking. You want to work in environmental that will get the best out of yourself. Because at the end of your PhD people will judge you on your publication record more than which university you went to.

Thread: Troubles with organization and supervisor

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04-Dec-18, 11:45
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You are a month in, don't get disheartened. It sounds like you want a more hands on supervisor. Instead you have a senior academic who is well funded, well connected and has a good lab. Those are some amazing benefits and can you adapt to use them? I would give it a few more months and leave if you fell you need a supportive supervisor. Supervisors are one of the most common complaints on this forum, so you are not alone. You just got to be realistic about how much time he can give you (he can always help in none-time heavy ways)

My advice is to read. Just read as much as you can, thinking how everything affects your work. I think a mistake a lot of people do is rush into doing work, without taking the opportunity to get a broad knowledge of the field and competing ideas/technology/methods. It doesn't need to be relevant but will make you far more rounded as a researcher. This will help you become an independent researcher and become a self-starter.

Thread: PhD Appeal in a British University

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04-Dec-18, 11:37
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There is a lot of knowledge on this forum with regards to appeals/complaints. Though it is really hard to give advice without context. Ie, what are you appealing? Is your supervisor on your side?

Thread: NUS vs UNSW

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03-Dec-18, 12:40
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Can you explain what the acronyms are? I have no clue.

Thread: PhD admission query

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29-Nov-18, 12:13
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Hi Ranch,

So you have 2 offers from 2 universities; one 40mins away, one 2 hours away. And you don't know which one to choose. Is that right?

Seriously, there are other things to consider. Which one has more funding? Which one is a a better university, supervisor, department, project etc ? Those are the some of the things I would consider before travel distance. A PhD is 3 years so making sure the PhD itself is best for you should be your priority. Also the interview doesn't matter now if you have offers from both of them. Hope this helps.

Thread: How good is my CV?

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28-Nov-18, 11:37
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Hi narabzad,

I would really recommend you to take your real name of that.

Your CV looks strong and you have a lot of good strengths such as publications. But they need to come first. Really you should put your most important "selling points" first as recruiters only spend 30s or so reading a CV and you want to highlight your strengths, like the publication. It quickly shows that you are a serious candidate. It might be a good idea to a have a search for academic CV structures.

Good luck with your PhD application

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

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28-Nov-18, 11:31
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Contacting supervisors directly is a good idea and show initiative. Though I wouldn't send them a full-blown proposal in the first email, maybe say you are working on one and say what it is about. It looks good that you are thinking that far ahead but you don't want to be to pushy (or they steal your idea). If they are interested they will ask about it and then I would send it over.

Also, a lot of supervisors have ideas/projects that they are interested in but don't have funding yet. They might direct you towards them but don't be forced into one just for the sake of a PhD.

Goodluck!

Thread: To acknowledge research council funding on publication?

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23-Nov-18, 13:03
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Yes. Acknowledge all the funding as it doesn't hurt you and they are the people you never want to annoy.

Thread: Subject for PhD

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23-Nov-18, 12:59
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Whatever subject interests you and there is funding for. If you don't know what to do, choose a general masters in computing and go from there.

Thread: Big Excel Spreadsheets into a Word Doc

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23-Nov-18, 12:54
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Have you tried turning the page landscape and fitting the 8 columns in together?

Thread: Accessing journal articles

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22-Nov-18, 13:23
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My library unofficially recommends the service. The journals can trace it to the university but they are not responsible for internet use.

Thread: I need some advice, I don’t have a good relationship with my supervisor

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21-Nov-18, 11:02
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Hi Zena,

It sounds like you have had an awful experience. I really do feel for you.

Academia's office politics can brutal and looks like you annoyed some important people over that paper. I am publishing my first paper and I have a name on it of a person I have never met (allegedly one of my supervisors). Unfortunately senior academics expect names on PhD student papers to boost their publications and in return they help you. They have limited time, so you helping them boost there publication count encourages them to help you publish. If you aren't going to put their name on it why should they use their time to help you publish? It is an awful Faustian bargain but it is academia.

Honestly just focus on the viva, you can't change your thesis at the minute. Your HoD may have been two faced but he also may be honest. There have been people on this forum completely shocked about resubmission, he is at least warning you. Take his advice and understand how you could improve it, the results are good enough which is actually great. Don't take it personally and show that you are self aware enough to understand the faults and take take feedback.

Also just submit the abstract.

Thread: Accessing journal articles

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21-Nov-18, 10:47
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sci-hub.tw

Thread: 2nd year blues?

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21-Nov-18, 10:46
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That sounds typical. I know people who didnt get any results until their 3rd year. It can feel like a bummer but it is necessary and it is better that you do all that admin stuff. Though you have published a review paper, which is more than most people can say. Also once you get started you will be surprised how fast the results can come in.

Thread: Taking a Break

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19-Nov-18, 13:01
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I agree with eng77, take a break. A few weeks or months were you forget about the project and work and rediscover other things. Meet old friends, rekindle old interests find a new hobby. After a while out you will probably come back to your PhD with new found enthusiasm. Burn-out is real and most PhD students will suffer some sort of it.
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