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Thread: PhD Thesis / Paper Results Conflict

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16-Oct-17, 07:50
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Hi mkb91,

Yes, this is a pretty unusual situation. I guess it does happen a lot, but usually on a much smaller scale e.g. I had a few results in my thesis that I realized were wrong as I was finishing up the thesis, but it would have been quite a lot of work to change them and didn't affect the overall outcome of the results. I just omitted these from the paper that came later. I discussed this with my supervisor and he said this was the easiest thing to do.

In your case, the paper came first. What does your supervisor think?

I think leave the thesis as it is and explain what has happened in the viva, then add a paragraph addendum of explanation and the paper at the end of the thesis with the actual result. You've already submitted the thesis in good faith, so I don't see how you can change it now. I don't think the examiners will ask you to either - it was correct to the best of your knowledge at the time of submission.

Thread: Partner in prison: what to tell academic colleagues and friends?

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13-Oct-17, 08:28
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I would make something up. There's no kind of work relationship that requires this much honesty.

Thread: Post doc life

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12-Oct-17, 14:56
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I'm not in your position now, but I've been there. I found a postdoc whilst writing up but I didn't like it and it took me about 6 months to find another job. I'm now in a teaching role, rather than research, at a university.

It was difficult looking for the second job, if that's what you mean. I was working full time, writing up my PhD papers and looking for a new job. Luckily I was in a town far from home with few friends so didn't have much else to do anyway. I missed my PhD research and was pretty sick of working all day every day by the end of it. I took a low paid job to get me back home, then I somehow landed on my feet with my current role.

Thread: Struck with a severe case of 'imposter syndrome'...

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12-Oct-17, 14:51
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Can anyone on here offer any insight if they've been there before?

Thread: PhD with a 2.1 and work experience

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12-Oct-17, 14:49
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You can apply for a funded PhD with a 2.1. Apply for directly funded ones rather than DTPs to increase your chances as DTPs are more competitive I believe.

Thread: Apply for a new program after supervisor's resignation

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12-Oct-17, 14:48
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That will be fine, people will understand given the situation

Thread: Successful appeal against re-viva outcome?

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12-Oct-17, 14:47
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There are some posts on here about this, but you will have to search for them I'm afraid. I doubt the people are still around to be reading this board now.

Thread: Chances for PhD position after the interview

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12-Oct-17, 14:46
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This is rare but does happen ie if the first student gets a PhD elsewhere and declines the offer.

Thread: Balancing Teaching with Research

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12-Oct-17, 14:00
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Quote From Tudor_Queen:
Are you 5 hours all on the same day? Exhausting but easier that way in my experience!


Yes, I also try to group thinks together as much as I can

Thread: Worried about my MRes' weak conclusion

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11-Oct-17, 07:22
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I would say a weak conclusion would lose you 3-5% at most, so I wouldn't worry.

Thread: Balancing Teaching with Research

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09-Oct-17, 16:33
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Yep pretty much. I reckon it takes me 6 hours prep for one lecture if I'm updating something that's already there e.g. checking the information, adding to it, seeing if I understand it myself etc the first time I teach it.. If writing a lecture from scratch then it takes longer (not sure how long yet... I will find out in a few months). Teaching again the following year probably takes a couple of hours prep per lecture.

It's not so bad for me, since my contract is teaching focused so research is optional.

To put your teaching load in perspective, I teach about 120 hours (crude calculation) of lectures/seminars/practicals a year, which works out about the same as you I think? Of course on top of that, there's marking, meetings, preparation and supervision of undergraduate research projects and many many other things, which basically gives me a month or two of research time per year i.e. in the summer when there's no students.

So yeah, 5 hours doesn't sound much, but when you're doing it for the first time, it's a lot.

Thread: Postdoc jobs in Europe

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09-Oct-17, 16:22
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Thanks Bewildered, I'll check it out. It's the Netherlands I'm specifically looking at and potentially surrounding countries.

Thread: Postdoc jobs in Europe

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07-Oct-17, 12:53
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Is there a good website for finding postdocs in Europe?

Something like the equivalent of jobs.ac.uk? I know they have some European jobs but not many.

Thread: Newbie

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07-Oct-17, 11:33
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I have been struggling to access (without paying!) papers etc - but he pointed me to SSRN which seems to allow downloads of full papers without the requirement to register, or pay.

How do other people on here access papers etc?

Is there anywhere one can access PhD proposals or completed theses?

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Most of us are members of a university so our university log ins give us access to any journals our university subscribes to.

For those without university access, there's websites like sci-hub.cc - this is an (illegal?) website that holds many papers. Many authors also upload work to things like researchgate.net and sometimes upload the whole paper, or if they don't you can message them and they will often send you a copy.

For theses, you can get them from ethos.bl.uk - you can request any that are not already available but they may take up to a month to appear because they have to be scanned from the university library copy - most unis aren't quite up to speed with holding digital copies of theses yet!

There's not really anywhere for PhD proposals that I'm aware of - these are very discipline specific as well so you would need to find something from your area of research. Jobs.ac.uk has many tips on such things, but PhD proposals aren't very common in UK science so they are not something I'm very familiar with.

Thread: Newbie

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06-Oct-17, 11:22
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Many many PhD students are only accepted because they come with funding. Some of these are good students and some are truly awful with no background in their PhD topic at all.

Once someone accepts you as a student, it's in their interest to help you pass your PhD because the department has pass rates it needs to meet in order to secure future funding. Normally, supervisors know how to improve your proposal without too much thought required and will help you to do this. There's always the odd cases of those that don't though, which always makes it very difficult for the student obviously, because they are left to work it out on their own, but I think this is the minority.

I would take it if you are offered it - work to the assumption that they want to develop it with you.
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