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Thread: Why has the status changed from "Reviews completed" to "Under review"?in the springer journal

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23-May-19, 10:54
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The two reviewers may have very different opinions/decision and the editor wants a third opinion.

Thread: Ethnographic-based PhD Struggle

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23-May-19, 00:33
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Quote From Hattori:
Hello,

My main issue is that I fundamentally disagree with a lot of the 'social theory' literature commonly used (e.g. Bourdieu, Butler, extreme constructivism, etc.).


I am not an expert in ethnography at all. If your work doesn't agree with established theory, is it your work that is wrong or established theory? If you can defend your work, you can say that there is a flaw in established theory that needs to be reassessed. New theories are generally found when new work cannot be explained by old theory. I know it is bold to propose a new theory but if you are so fundamentally opposed make an argument against them instead of struggling to fit the data to the wrong theory.

Thread: PhD fieldwork in a security red zone

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23-May-19, 00:22
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I know this is a bit old but I had an interesting conversation today with someone similar.

The person was also travelling and collecting data in a high risk area but was able to get permission to travel. There was a special process that they went through via the legal team and pro-vice-chancellor to get approval. Basically they said, they had experience in the region, research was desperately needed on the topic and it fitted with the universities goals. There was a lot of paperwork and the person signed a document waiving the university of responsibility but it was possible. It may vary between universities but some do have obscure paths for high risk trips abroad.

PS: English University

Thread: master thesis topic dilemma

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23-May-19, 00:12
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I was in an incredibly similar position once. I did a placement year between 3 and 4th year, where I had the option to do my masters project (meant my final year was quite empty). I did a project that been done by someone a few years earlier. Literally, I took his work as a basis and set about improving it even further. I did most of the work on my own time (late night/weekend) but the company supported it as it was free work. I did marginally improve the process (nothing spectacular) but I fully answered a lot of small questions that were were left after the previous project. The company actually liked it as I documented a lot of old material and they could use chunks of dissertation as a reference.

If someone has already done it, can you improve it further or implement it at your location? The dissertation doesn't need to be groundbreaking but only have a tiny shred of originality in which to showcase your skills. You could approach the project in a different perspective or have slightly different goals with regards to your location. Though with my supervisor he didn't really care about the project itself but as long as the project was possible and had enough substance to get me a good grade. If your new boss prefers a new project, just check that there is enough substance to write a full thesis on it, otherwise it should be fine.

Thread: My supervisor is pressuring me to leave - I need some advice please!

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18-May-19, 17:00
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How long do you need to finish? You have been doing the PhD for a long time and the university gets assessed by how many people pass on time. It is in the university's interest for you to complete the PhD, so you should try and convince them that you can. When asking for the extension and due consideration, I would have a plan or Gantt chart saying how you intend to finish.

Thread: Computational Materials Science

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16-May-19, 21:42
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I was just asking as language can be a big barrier and going to the best university possible without knowing the language, might be a bad idea. Some countries have far higher English skills (cough Netherlands) than others which might make you PhD a lot easier.

Thread: PhD proposal help

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16-May-19, 21:37
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Do small literature reviews for both and see if there any gaps in the knowledge. A PhD is at least 3 long years and you really want a project you are interested in. I would spend the time exposing yourself to as many ideas/areas possible and find what actually interests you.

Thread: Passed my Viva

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16-May-19, 21:34
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Congragulations!

Thread: Chances Of Getting Onto A Physics PhD?

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16-May-19, 21:29
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Hi unknown,

You are right a low 2:1 without mitigating circumstances doesn't look good on an application. You sound like you are already defeated by saying everything you are not. What sets you apart? If you can answer that you could sell yourself in an interview. Some departments want motivated people over grades and if you have some relevant skills you might get something. It costs you nothing to apply, right?

Thread: Computational Materials Science

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13-May-19, 16:19
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What languages can you speak?

Thread: Please what should I do about my PhD offer?

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13-May-19, 16:18
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Congragulations on getting a PhD offer!

I am not an expert in visas or European bureaucracy but can you get the swiss visa first then deal with the french permit? If you do get delayed, your supervisor should be understanding as it is a legitimate problem that is outside your control. Once you know all the facts I would tell your supervisor that this they may be a problem and fore warn them.

Thread: Email potential with draft research ideas or research proposal

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09-May-19, 20:58
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I am assuming that you are in the UK. How are you funding your PhD? Generally PhDs are funded by the supervisor writing a grant for a specific project and then advertising for that project. Applying for a PhD that way is much like applying for a job and no research proposal required but you don't choose the project. I would say most PhDs are funded this way (I may be wrong and hopefully someone corrects me).

Alternatively, you can get funding yourself through a research council. It is a lot more competitive but you can write your own proposal on your own idea. You will need the support of a university but most lecturers are more than happy to accept you. You can email lecturers directly saying you want to work in their filed/area, a vague of general direction. After which (if they reply) you can send them a draft proposal and talk with them about it. They would not appreciate a list of random ideas, they want to see some enthusiasm and effort. The first email should be about showing an interest followed by a serious conversation.

Having a publication is very good on your application! The 2:1 doesn't matter as you have 10 years experience and should make you a strong candidate on paper. I hope I have answered the right question and goodluck.

Thread: Phd with children help!

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08-May-19, 14:27
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There is someone in my office with three kids doing a PhD and has several publications. The kids are between 3-7 and she works around there school/nursery with her husband doing the morning school run and she does the evening one. She usually does 7am-2pm and her supervisor lets her work around the kids. Most PhDs have flexible working so you definitely manage the time.

I would say aim for 40 hours a week. As pm133 says, a PhD can be all encompassing but you I feel you can do a PhD in that time you are actually productive and don't waste time procrastinating all day, like me.

Thread: My Last Words

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07-May-19, 22:18
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monkiaa, it does get better. It can seem like a dark hole but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Please call a suicide helpline or talk with a counsellor or talk with a random stranger and it will feel better. Talking about problems helps self actualise them and become more manageable. Hopefully it isn't the end.

Thread: Declining a Conference Paper

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07-May-19, 22:15
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Hi guys,

I cheekily submitted an abstract to a local conference in a very loosely related field, hoping for at best a presentation. The problem is I got accepted for a conference paper when I don't have much data yet (I will have it for the conference but not the paper deadline). The deadline is in a few weeks and my supervisor doesn't want me to do a paper at that conference anyway, she didn't know they accepted papers.

It just feels a bit disingenuous to turn down a paper opportunity and ask for a poster instead. Is this common or am I being rude?
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