I'm trying to figure out the path I take when I return to my PhD (UK). I want to develop research skills and 'capability' in an area of physics that is not my thesis title. I've asked multiple times to change focus but the answer is always no.
I've already published a single author paper at an international conference on something that wasn't related to my thesis title, and I would like to take it further.
What are the consequences of not following instructions from supervisors?
(As far as I can tell, the only way they can fire me is if I fail the internal check points for thesis progress, but with my topic you'd really have to do no work at all; I'm more advocating like going 50/50 or maybe a bit more)