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Thread: Thinking of quitting

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10-Aug-19, 18:45
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I used to hate writing a lot and I still dislike it. However I have come to realise that I was more scared of being wrong than anything. The first few drafts I had to write were horrible and it made me hate my research. Though the more you do it the easier it becomes and confidence builds. No work is perfect and something written is better than nothing. Because we all hate doing things and avoiding them is not a solution long term. You mention your career will not require writing skills but you will need communication skills. If you have good research and cant communicate it via the written word that is a big problem in any career.

So quit if you want but I wouldn't hide behind hating writing.

Thread: Advise:Looking for a job and they request the name of my supervisor?

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10-Aug-19, 18:36
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What sort of job asked specifically for your supervisors name?

Is their a head of grad students in your department, head of your research group or any academic you have worked for? A would try to get some form of written reference and offer that. You could also contact HR and they might get you a terse bare bones reference,

Thread: Lost all interest after my viva!!

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08-Aug-19, 11:06
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Honestly I think corrections are the easiest part of the academic process. You do the corrections and it is good enough. No self doubt, no thinking if it is right or general imposter syndrome. They basically you are good enough for a PhD but you need to fix some things. The corrections don't need to be perfect but just do what they say. I think you should stop doubting yourself, give up on a perfect thesis and do the corrections.

Thread: Decieved by my PhD supervisor.

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06-Aug-19, 16:44
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Ouch that sounds like a bad situation. Though I don't think it is all your supervisors fault but more the circumstances. Very few PhD projects stays the same as their original with several redrafts/change of focus/panic change, being normal. Again licenses are pain to get but I thought you generally need a research plan/scope to get one which you can't do until the student starts. So expecting it ready is a big stretch. What I am saying is that those complaints are typical and I wouldn't blame your supervisor.

Though if he has to cut 21 million, £3,000 seems trivial to me. If you really need the equipment do the trial with the current stuff and show him the results. If they are bad you might get it but if it is good, you have good data. You would be surprised what old equipment can do if you learn how to use it properly.

Have you also checked about alternative funding sources? There are usually travel grants available that can help with conferences, and your supervisor could help with them (he is head of department).

The project may have changed away from what you like but can you change it further? My project has changed significantly due to equipment issues and I changed the focus towards what I liked. You could probably edge the project towards what you want to do. As long as it is achievable and the data is publishable, he would probably agree.

Thread: Post-PhD Data Ownership help?!?!?

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06-Aug-19, 10:19
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It sucks when supervisors claim your work. My supervisor did that to me recently at an internal talk, were she claimed my work and did not acknowledge me at all. As you aren't in academia they think they can claim your work and that nobody would notice. The funny thing there isn't much you can do about it except promote it yourself. I think this is pretty common and I have just accepted it.

With regards to data, first I would check your PhD contract. Some of contracts specifically state that your data belongs to the university. But are you trying to publish the work yourself? I think if you aren't trying to publish it is fair for him to try. Part of research is disseminating the results and if you aren't doing that why did you bother at all?

I think you should talk with him and talk about authorship. You could still be first author and let him be the corresponding author (if your field allows). That way both of you get acknowledged and he does most of the work. Maybe you could write it or copy and paste from your thesis. However I don't think you should outright block publication.

Thread: Is it possible to postpone PhD studentship starting time by couple of months?

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02-Aug-19, 14:00
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Usually yes but it depends. If you have a legitimate reason they are usually understanding and can delay you to the next intake. Though depending on the university there is only 3-4 intakes a year, so you might have to wait until January.

Thread: Is it a disaster?

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01-Aug-19, 13:00
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It is not a disaster, it is a typical PhD. I would focus only on finishing, don't worry what your supervisor thinks as the only things that matter are you submitting and passing. She will want you submit as a late submission is far better than no submission, especially if she has a history of it.

The real question is do you need an extension to write up or get data. If it is to write up, make a realistic plan and propose that to her. If you have only shown her one chapter, she probably knows you will need an extension and having a plan shows maturity.

Thread: toxic lab environment

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31-Jul-19, 15:19
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posted about 5 months ago
Take a break. Working weekends quickly leads to burnout and you end up under perform. I know it is tough but I also had to learn the hard way, that hard work does not always equal results. You might be under preforming due to the burnout and a break might improve your results.

Also I wouldn't judge your lab mate that much, we all work to different schedules. It is not your job to report how much time she is in the lab. If you are getting on well don't ruin by getting involved.

Thread: Suffering from poor supervision

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30-Jul-19, 15:03
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I am in the same boat. Supervisors don't know my methodologies and think all my data is amazing, even though just replicating another paper. I have had to teach myself everything and my motivation is patchy at time (procrastination is my best skill).

However I am enjoying the freedom. As PhDs vary significantly and this kind of supervision can be quite liberating if you know what you want to do. As my supervisors don't know my methodologies I can spend time doing my own experiments. The project has changed significantly at my own discretion with no problems. I had serious problems with my fear of failure but realized it is my PhD.

What I am trying to say is don't try and change it but embrace it. You can take charge of the project and no one will really care.

Thread: Tier 4 visa but received refusal due to failure of 245ZV in 2016

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29-Jul-19, 09:52
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Talk with a visa expert, they will give you far better advice than us. Not to be rude but did you over stay your previous visa?

For some reason the government cares about people leaving at the end of their visa. If you have stayed longer or worked on a tourist visa, you might be considered a high risk.

Thread: phd interview

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29-Jul-19, 09:47
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I didn't do a presentation on my experience but on my draft proposal. However you could focus on transferable skills you gained from the Msc and how you did things instead of what you did.

They also love it when you explain when things went wrong and how you solved that problem.

Thread: Exotic locations for PhD conferences and best pics

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28-Jul-19, 15:24
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Don't get me wrong posters can be god but I been rejected by so many times I just want an oral. I think posters are great if people visit them but I have been to a few conferences recently were I shouldn't have even bothered. At the last conference, I was in the back corner of the poster room behind a pillar. Again they can be just as good of an oral if some people read your poster.

Thread: Exotic locations for PhD conferences and best pics

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24-Jul-19, 15:54
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Quote From Tudor_Queen:
Which part of the States, rewt?


I am looking at conferences in Boston or Colorado, either would be great. I am submitting abstracts to both but will only go if I get accepted for a oral presentation. I am done with posters.

Thread: Landlord and tenant...

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23-Jul-19, 20:04
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It is a negotiation, someone has to compromise. I would make sure that the contract ends in June as you can then treat it is a 10 month contract. If he doesn't budge just say you need think and say you are looking at other places. Sometimes that gets them to compromise.

Thread: Paper submission - awaiting final decision after awaiting admin processing

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23-Jul-19, 20:00
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Is it a small journal, in which case it might be due to holidays. I just submitted to a journal and got an auto reply saying to expect delays due to editor absences (only three editors).

The other option is that the two reviewers gave very different decisions and they are quickly asking for a third opinion.
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