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Thread: Supervision issues (or lack of)

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05-Jan-20, 11:22
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posted about 5 months ago
Hi Tamecat,

You done really well to get so far! Don't give up now. I would keep pushing your graduate support team or graduate school for an answer. This is an awkward situation for them and they will try to ignore you until absolutely necessary. So keep pestering them as you are 100% in the right to ask to meet or communicate with your supervisors.

Thread: Post-doc at Imperial - Sports societies and working schedule

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21-Dec-19, 00:05
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I think you can only try. It might be a bit iffy if you don't have a student ID but if you turn up they won't turn you away. I honestly haven't met a post-doc at any societies but don't see anything wrong.

Though there might be some researcher/lecturer activities you can do. At my uni there is Chemistry lecturers 5 side football team (they actually have 2 teams) as well as an environmental science running group and a ping-pong WhatsApp group. I got invited to all 3 without trying. If you drop some hints with younger members of staff you might find some unofficial groups.

Thread: Crediting my supervisor at conference?

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20-Dec-19, 23:57
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posted about 6 months ago
What is the field?

I am in engineering and I put all my supervisors on my posters, usually they haven't seen the poster. I agree it would be a bit rude to leave them off but I bet it depends on the field.

Thread: I did not secure a postdoc position this year. When should I start to apply again?

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16-Dec-19, 23:13
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posted about 6 months ago
You shouldn't worry, you have a 6 month post doc which is better than most. I know a surprising number of people who had no job after their PhD or were so desperate they got awful jobs. You have time to publish more papers and then attend conferences to network for a better posting. As the others have said you can start looking now and I would consider it your main priority, after papers of course.

Thread: PhD research proposal for astrophysics/particle physics

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09-Dec-19, 12:17
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posted about 6 months ago
Quote From fabstr1:
Did you include any abstract in your proposal ?


No. I only had introduction, aims and methods.

Thread: PhD interviews pre-funding?

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09-Dec-19, 12:07
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I am sorry no one else has answered this. I applied for a fully funded role in engineering, so what I say might be wrong.

Getting the funding is the harder than getting accepted for a PhD. The PhD application will probably be a formality, ie do you meet the entry requirements and have a realistic research project? Having people interested in being your supervisor is a good sign and they can guide you if there is an interview.

Thread: Understanding Critical Review Instructions

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09-Dec-19, 12:02
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Your university might have some information on what they expect a critical review to include. I would have a quick search as some universities expect different things.

Otherwise, a critical review should critique the logic, methods and findings of a piece of work. Ie is their methodology slightly flawed which might skew results or did they ignore important concepts/literature to find the answer they want. You could probably critique each section individually and in depth, to complete part one. Then part 2 is making connections between your comments on different sections, to give an overall summary.

Hope that helps

Thread: How to handle corrections

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09-Dec-19, 11:52
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Congrats on minor corrections! It must such a relief.

I wouldn't worry. Justify your original reasons for using sulphuric acid and then say why you choose not to investigate other acids. I think you just need to acknowledge that he might be right but that his is also missing the point.

Thread: Mistakes early on and new place and culture

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04-Dec-19, 16:48
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posted about 6 months ago
Take a break! Take a few days off to relax and de-stress. You will come back with a better perspective and your quality of work will improve. Burnout is a real thing and you should learn to recognize if you have it.

Thread: Changing universities halfway through PhD

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04-Dec-19, 16:46
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I haven't changed university or supervisor so I might not be the best person to answer this. However have you considered who you want as a supervisor at another university. You might be able to swap university but it sounds like you primarily need a better supervisor which you will not automatically get at a new university. I would consider what you need from your supervisor and start talking with other academics inside and outside your university.

Thread: Need help with my potential PHD Supervisor

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04-Dec-19, 12:44
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I would give it a month before emailing him again and apply elsewhere while waiting. He probably doesn't have the funding yet and it is nearly a year away, so he won't want way to say anything now. It sounds like you have made a good impression and you have a good chance but be patient. There is nothing wrong applying for Master's or PhD elsewhere while you wait if you want more security.

Thread: PhD after resubmission nightmare - thanks to all!

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02-Dec-19, 20:54
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posted about 6 months ago
Congratulations on finally passing. Your story made me feel that getting resubmission at the viva is not the end of the road. Your advice is very helpful and wish you all the best!

Blog: Basic engineering

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02-Dec-19, 20:51
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I think there is also the problem that UK universities are poorly regulated. There is a grade inflation problem where universities are encouraged to accept and pass as many students as possible. If there was a potential visa attached to your university degree universities would have to be regulated to a higher degree. The universities will never agree to more regulation and so national governments will never give PhD students an automatic to citizenship.

Thread: Can PhD supervisor uses my research fund?

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02-Dec-19, 19:47
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Depends on the details of the funding. The money should be spent on your research but usually the the money is at your supervisor's discretion with minimal way to appeal. As eng77 said, talk with your government about the details and can you change supervisor.

Thread: Chemistry nightmares, and dreaming of chromatography columns

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02-Dec-19, 12:22
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posted about 6 months ago
I completely understand your how feeling. I use BioRad Aminex columns for sugars/organic acids quantification which are about 2K each. The bed can easily collapse if cooled too fast especially if left to dry and guess what I have broken 2! I left the first one to cool overnight with a small flowrate and there was a power cut on that floor!!! Next time is used the column I saw the typical signs of bed collapse and I lost one month of my PhD gone waiting for the replacement to get approved!

The second time I collapsed the column bed all by myself. I was trying to rush some experiments and thought I could cool the column faster than the manufacturer recommended. Nope, that way doesn't work. Then I made it worse the next time I used it, when I turned up the flowrate too fast during start up and saw the pressure spike to over 120 bar (normally 40 bar). That was another 2K down the drain as the column went from slightly broken to full blown dead.

I have also broken a microwave reactor by not reading the instructions, dropped 2 glass desiccators (I now have a plastic one), broke a water bath (still don't know how) and broke a 1K piece of glassware while cleaning it.

Each time I felt gutted and that I shouldn't be there. Though breaking things is part of a PhD. One of the technicians told me I wouldn't be working hard enough if I didn't break things. You learn from your mistakes it is okay because a PhD is supposed to be a place for you to learn and from your mistakes. Everyone has set backs during their PhD and no-one's PhD ever goes to plan. I think the trick is to always look forward and not what could have been.
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