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Thread: After the complaint, what should I do if the university doesn’t take an action?

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23-Jun-19, 21:22
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posted about 4 months ago
I am not actually sure what to say but I do feel my point still stands. Your have graduated, your PhDs are over and all that stuff is behind. If you worked in a bad company with a bad boss but left the company, you do not continue to complain to that boss. Closure is a hard thing but it does let you move on with your life.

During my placement year I had a really shit boss (made me hate industry for a while) but he was a nice person. When my placement was nearly over, we had a long candid talk/meeting about what we thought went wrong. We both admitted that we weren't perfect and I think we both learnt a lot, just by talking about both our mistakes. Nothing went down on paper and no blame was assigned. That is what I think is a constructive professional way of improving things. Not an adversarial format like a formal complaint.

I understand that you want to prevent it happening in the same thing happening to other people in the future. But formal complaints are a huge amount of paperwork that is all on record and can affect the supervisor/ university for years to come. Making the complaint known and letting the complaint be dealt with internally is the best course of action unless you have enough to go court. You only win internal procedures if you have enough to win in court.

Again if you haven't graduated or passed, I completely support you in any university procedure.

Thread: Can university use personal mental health against me

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23-Jun-19, 20:53
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They shouldn't be discriminating against you for mental health problems and if they thought you did have MH problems they have a duty of care to work with you in a constructive manner. Did you ever tell them you had problems or did they guess it?

Though if you did ask them for "military-like personal abuse" they can use that against you.

Thread: After the complaint, what should I do if the university doesn’t take an action?

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22-Jun-19, 23:03
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Quote From LilyRachel:
It is SO important to hold a university to account for their actions, sometimes the safest time to do that is once you have left. This is definitely not a case of getting “vengeance”!! I’m a bit shocked that anyone would think that :S


So you think you can hold an organisation to account by complaining to the same organisation?

You are right, the safest time to complain is when you leave because you have nothing to lose or to gain. I have a lot more sympathy for people suffering under supervisors before they have finished because they have so much to lose. But once you gain the PhD, you have nothing to lose and the supervisor has everything to lose. I respect that you are trying to prevent someone having a similar situation but seeking a punishment, is vengeance. If the war on drugs has proven anything, it is that rehabilitation is far better than punishment, therefore being constructive should be the first option.

Again if you haven't graduated, I completely support you in any university procedure.

Thread: Why does my supervisor ask the other student, rather than me, to make a poster?

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22-Jun-19, 21:06
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Talk with your supervisor and just be polite and honest about your concerns.

On a side note, it sounds like Sam is taking initiative and you aren't. Nobody gives you anything if you don't ask. You have the data so why don't you write a draft paper? You don't need permission to ask to do something and it is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.

Thread: After the complaint, what should I do if the university doesn’t take an action?

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22-Jun-19, 20:58
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Seriously what are you trying to achieve? You have graduated and can move on with your life. The supervisors may have been horrific but you you did graduate and that is what really matters in the end. Nothing good comes from vengeance.

Thread: Application Woes

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20-Jun-19, 17:45
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People change there research area all the time. As long is it is in the same field and you have some transferable skills, it is usually okay.

Picking advisors is difficult but there are a lot more good supervisors than bad (thi forum only displays the worst) . I wouldn't worry unless there are red flags at the application stage, at which point trusting your gut is right.

When choosing your PhD, location is important but not everything. I personally think that choosing the right project that you can spend three years working on is the most important decision. Though where ever you choose there will be some university society and some form of postgraduate community. With a little bit of effort you can find friends just about anywhere during a PhD, as there are other people in a similar position.

Thread: Leave PhD and apply for another

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20-Jun-19, 17:37
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That does sound complicated and awkward. If there is no more funding and you don't like the work, quitting is the right option. I would continue until the end of the funding and wrap up the project as best as possible, as to not burn any bridges.

I don't think this will hurt your chances too much if you focus on the positive aspects. Your project funding ran out, you didn't fail but your funding ran out. That is a legitimate excuse. But you also worked in industry and hopefully you can achieve a masters from the work. That actually looks okay but I may be wrong.

Thread: How is it like to do PostDoc in Marketing?

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17-Jun-19, 18:14
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Are there any postdocs in your department you can talk with? Or can you ask your supervisor about funding opportunities or how to organise one? Talking with people in your department will probably get you the best advice.

Thread: Feeling lost in PhD and not sure how to proceed

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11-Jun-19, 22:03
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Has your 2nd supervisor already left? If not ask them to suggest a replacement or see if they can continue supervising you anyway. My second supervisor has recently left and she suggested a replacement but we agreed that she would supervise via email. Most of our conversations were via email anyway, so her moving to another uni wasn't that bad.

Thread: BOOK CHAPTER OR JOURNAL ARTICLE

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11-Jun-19, 21:58
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I think it depends a lot on the field, quality of the journal/book and the research itself. In science, journals are usually better for original research and book chapters are better for reviews. The two mediums have different audiences, as a journal is usually more technical and can have limited scope while book chapters should be more accessible and general in scope. Also journals are more likely to get cited. Though a chapter does look good on a CV and harder to get (in my field at least). It is hard to give hard advice but I think journal articles are usually safer.

Thread: publishing papers out of my completed PhD thesis

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07-Jun-19, 12:37
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c- What Rewt suggests is just wrong!!! There are fields where authorship has very specific requirements (including approval of the final paper). Why is supervisor not available?? Depending on what future relationship you want to have, you could send the paper to supervisor with a reasonable deadline saying that you plan to submit by a certain date and would like comments/ approval by then or will be unable to include as author!


I may have worded it badly but in some fields co-authors cannot block entire publications. The supervisor should be considered as a co-author, as I said, and offered the opportunity to review/change the paper. However if he is unable to review or add to the paper, he should still be considered a co-author. As he did supervise the research during the PhD and most likely contributed. Simply removing his name because he could not review the final form is discourteous. In my field, co-authors are sent all the drafts and approval is assumed unless they explicitly state otherwise. This may vary between fields and may not be applicable to the OP.

Thread: publishing papers out of my completed PhD thesis

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06-Jun-19, 15:47
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Never worked with demographical data or that field but I would initially publish one paper in a high impact journal. Once it is accepted/published you can reference that methodological and that data set (boost your citation score). The other two papers will cite the original and there will be no plagiarism issues. I don't think submitting three papers simultaneously together is a good idea, but I could be wrong.

Unless he owns the data you can publish without him. Though he did contribute to the work by supervising you, so you should add him as an author. This is a grey area but unless he specifically doesn't approve, I would add his name regardless of him reviewing the paper.

Thread: Suggestion on IELTS score and admissions

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31-May-19, 16:27
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posted about 5 months ago
I would apply for PhDs anyway but aim to pass the written test ASAP. There is nothing stopping you starting the applications before you pass.

Honestly, writing skills are fundamental to a PhD and your experience doesn't negate you missing an essential skill. Supervisors do not want to proof read your work for grammar mistakes and they would take a less skilled researcher if it saved them time. So just pass the test.

Thread: Is this a fail?!!

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29-May-19, 16:07
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Quote From Dr_Crabby:
I would have generated a number of significant results and supported ALL of my hypothesis.


Honestly, I don't think you will get revise and resubmit. Your statistics are wrong but the hypothesis, qualitative analysis and data are right which counts for something. You have just interpreted the data wrong based of the wrong application of statistics. It sounds like major corrections to me.

Thread: Finance dissertation, tips on how to get data easily

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29-May-19, 15:51
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posted about 5 months ago
Historical stock prices are hard to find for free but a lot of buisness news sites quote the open/close of IPOs in the daily briefings. If you have the time you could trawl through them and manually find them.
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