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On standards or conventions specific to the higher education system in United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland), which differs in structure and style from the systems in other parts of the world.

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Prioritize practical courses & consultancy/marketing projects with companies OR world uni/marketing/employment rankings, when choosing MSc marketing? [closed]

I received several MSc offers from Uni in UK & Ireland There are programmes focusing on Consumer analytics & marketing Strategy, Digital Marketing and Strategic Marketing. Looking at the ...
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Applying to academic positions in UK without teaching experience

I'm originally from the UK and did my PhD there. After that I left the UK and have over 10 years experience in academia, but my positions have all been research-only. I have never given lectures (...
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Getting a Lecturer Position in the UK

I am an electrical engineer working in the industry for some time. I have completed my PhD from Oxbridge comparatively recently. During my PhD, I have published two IEEE journal papers. Although, I ...
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PhD-Application: After how many weeks (approximately) is it fine to ask the committee if I didn't receive any decision?

I have applied for a PhD position at a university in UK at the end of January (in time before the deadline, which was also at the end of January). Shortly after, I was invited to an interview, which (...
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What is the best way to approach professors in Europe about the possibility of an internship (as an unfunded, international student)?

I live in an Asian country and completed my master's in Math in June 2020. I want to do a PhD in Europe, but I have had some difficulties in finding a suitable position. I do not believe doing a PhD ...
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How can we persuade university in England to minimize the number of staff involved, for daughter's request to extend maximum study period?

My daughter needs to extend maximum period of study, by reason of physical and mental MultiComorbidities. Her program manager emailed her the procedure like Nottingham University's. Students do not ...
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Is it a red flag if a university explicitly disregards noting the work load in a lecturer contract?

Yesterday, I received a permanent lectureship offer from a UK university whose job description explicitly included two points: 1- The research workload and teaching workload are %80 and %20, ...
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What are appropriate measures to keep use of reference managers within the GDPR?

The GDPR (or national legislation implementing it) places requirements on anyone who processes personally identifiable data concerning residents of the EU and the UK. As per this question the GDPR ...
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Can a research associate in UK supervise a PhD position in UK?

I have completed my master's from a country in Latin America in Mathematics in October 2021. I want to do PhD in Europe in Algebra. I was looking at the profiles of Algebra groups of the Universities ...
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Why is it so hard to get PhD funding in the UK for international students?

In general, it's fairly difficult to get a funded PhD position in the UK, if you're an international student (as of a few years ago, "international" was defined as non-EU; I assume that has ...
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Rejecting an accepted PhD offer for another - Would really appreciate some advice/opinions! [duplicate]

I just got some great news that I have been offered a full studentship on a PhD program that's currently my second most favourite option. I have only until March 16th to accept it or reject it. In the ...
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Maternity Pay for postdoc on Professor's ESRC grant in the UK

How does maternity pay work if you are a postdoc on a professor's ESRC grant in the UK? Does it depend on the university policy, or is it defined by the ESRC? I understand generally how the university ...
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Do UK Academic Journals Generally Use Formatting Styles Based on APA, MLA, or Chicago?

I'm working on an online formatting problem with a UK programmer who is not familiar with academic style requirements. The styling problem in one that is frequently encountered in APA and some Chicago-...
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Will a "Lecturer (Teaching)" in UK always remain a teacher without any opportunity for research and promotion like a "Lecturer"?

I am invited to an interview for a Lecturer (Teaching) position in a (very prestigious both research-and-teaching-based) UK institute. The duty and the responsibilities noted in the job ad clearly ...
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Pursuing a UK PhD with a Greek BSc + research experience [duplicate]

I am beginning my final semester of my 4-year undergraduate program, studying Informatics (Computer Science) in Greece, and I expect to graduate this September. I would like to pursue a PhD in the ...
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How to change to a part-time lecturer in the UK

Currently a full-time senior lecturer in a UK university (post-1992, lower middle-ranking if it matters). I am thinking of going part-time (0.8 or even 0.6) due to physical or/and mental health. Not ...
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UK PhD application, are there hard requirements on the structure and format of research proposal?

I am applying to a UK PhD Computer science/bioinformtics program that requires submitting a research proposal. When I check the requirements for research proposals from different universities. The ...
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Is it possible to start a PhD without a Master degree?

I heard that it is possible to start a PhD without Master degree in the UK, i.e. to start a PhD after a Bachelor degree (3 years). Is it really possible? What are the conditions? Is there any other ...
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Applying for a Master thesis/project in the UK when from another UK University or from abroad

In many countries (such as France, Spain, ...), (science) master thesis is a research project of a couple of months spent in the lab/field under the supervision of an academics, at the end of the year ...
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UK faculty salaries are much lower than US – is there any upside?

I was looking at faculty jobs, and most of the jobs in UK publish the salary range and band, which (from my understanding) is essentially non-negotiable and adopted by most universities in the UK. It ...
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UK PhD application, is having the professor helping with the research proposal a must?

all I am writing regarding research proposal requirements in the UK PhD applications. I am checking biology+CS CDT programs, where the professors list possible research topics with a one-page ...
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How can I search for Academic Grants in the UK (Physics, Materials, Tech)? [closed]

I've just finished my Doctoral Studies, and I'm currently in the process of producing an API tool for Molecular Dynamics simulations. The applicability of this tool could be very wide, however, I need ...
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Reasons for Applying vs Statement of interest

When applying for math masters programs in graduate schools in the UK, how different is "reasons for applying" compared to "statement of interest"? If they are very different, then ...
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Transfer to different CDT within same University [closed]

I am based in the UK (England, more precisely). I am part of a Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) - between University A and B. Since I am an international student, I didn't receive EPSRC funding for ...
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How to write a research proposal for a university in UK?

I am applying to a PhD position in Pure math in UK. Application form asks for research proposal but I don't have any specific problem now which I would like to work on although I have a good ...
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How to get business partner for KTP (innovate UK) application?

I want to know how to get KTP grants. I understand that I need business partner to apply. how to get business partner? I have read the guidelines for application that it should be with business ...
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Is TOEFL minimum score strict in UK? [closed]

I recently gave TOEFL and got 99 with only 20 in writing. However the 6.5 equivalent of IELTS corresponds to minimum 23 in writing. Do I need to redo the test?
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How much is PhD admission procedure in France different from that in UK? [duplicate]

I live in an Asian country and I have planned to apply to PhD positions in France and UK in Pure mathematics. I wrote to one professor saying that I am interested in his work and would like to work ...
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Addressing "desirable" criteria that I do not meet in a job application

I'm applying for a permanent lectureship at a UK university. The candidate brief has a list of essential and desirable criteria. I meet all of the essential criteria, but not the desirable criteria. ...
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Are international applicants in UK at disadvantage when applying for PhD in Pure Mathematics?

I am a student from Asia and I am applying for PhD in UK universities in pure mathematics for the upcoming season. I want to know if universities in UK give priority to UK citizens in PhD applications?...
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What is "star rating" of a publication?

As a part of a (UK) lecturer position, one reads as follows. Innovation and impact: Examples of Innovation and Impact would be: Contribution to knowledge Publication (please state star rating), ...
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Research Experience in PhD Proposal

I am applying to a (UK) PhD programme in theoretical computer science/maths and I am currently writing a rather technical research proposal. I have experience working on (very) closely related ...
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How to get a rough estimate of my GPAs for UK Ph.D admissions

I have an Indian bachelor's degree from a tier 3 college 8.04/10, First class with distinction, and a 3.33/4 from Rutgers University Masters in CS. I know most of the UK colleges have something called ...
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Postdoc in the UK, still in probation period. Can I still ask for a salary increase?

Basically the title says everything. I came from a very low ranked university outside the UK (Africa). During my PHD, I worked as a part time lecturer at another University in my home country for 1 ...
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Does having an M.Phil degree affect my chances of geting accepted for a PhD in the future?

I have completed my master's degree from a Russell Group university and I am planning to pursue a PhD degree in the future. Now, I have received an offer from a well known university in the UK. But ...
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Must a university refund you for tutorials that were cancelled because the tutor was on strike?

On 1 to 3 December 2021, the University and College Union (UCU) initiated industrial action. This affected my daughter because her tutorial instructors went on strike. Her Department confirmed the 3 ...
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Is it normal in the UK that postdoc contract mentions I will have to work extra hours (if asked) without further remuneration?

I got a job at a university in the UK. When I got the offer, the working hours were 38h per week. When they sent the contract to sign, it says, minimum of 38h and the university will from time to time ...
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Advice on postgrad research application (UK, pure maths)

I'm looking for advice on postgraduate study in pure maths from academics or people involved in the application process. I have enjoyed studying pure maths (particularly algebra) throughout my ...
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Can I apply to grant as PI while I am postdoc in UK university?

I will start working as a postdoc at a university in the UK. I want to apply for a grant as PI and I am afraid to discuss this with my supervisor. Can I apply without telling him? The grant ...
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How to negotiate relocation expenses (for a postdoc in the UK) two months after I accepted the offer?

I was offered a UKRI funded position. It was advertised as two positions. I negotiated my salary given my experience and the PI refused. Since I am International, I was waiting for my visa so I ...
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Do postdoctoral positions come with unemployment insurance once contracts end?

I am wondering if postdoctoral positions come with unemployment insurance. I specifically want to know about this in UK and Canada. I know research positions in Germany for instance benefit from ...
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How competitive exactly is physics/applied mathematics academia (UK)? [closed]

I am a PhD physics/applied mathematics student, and I was wondering how competitive academia is in these subjects. The area of research is in biophysics/statistical mechanics/mathematical modelling by ...
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Is it inappropriate to contact my Master’s supervisor on Facebook or Instagram for a reference while she’s on maternity leave?

I am currently applying for a PhD degree in Canada and one of my potential supervisors from the UK asked if he could ask my Master’s supervisor for reference. So I emailed my ex-supervisor about this ...
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How can I convince British university to reverse their refusal to let me remote study?

How do I change British university's mind? I don't want to argue or get into a debate. For privacy, I prefer not to disclose more details. The course isn't science or medicine, so there are not many ...
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If Brexit is bad for British science, why hasn't the rankings of British universities worsened?

Follow-up question to Why do most scientists think Brexit is bad for British science? If Brexit is bad for British science, then naively one would expect that the rankings of British universities ...
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Feeling lost as a PhD student

I'm a first year PhD student in theoretical physics. My problem isn't strictly due to imposter syndrome, but rather not knowing how I should be spending my time. My supervisor has only given me some ...
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Is it unethical for a supervisor to delay feedback on papers?

We are in a moderate sized group (approx. 10 PhD and 4 postdocs) with a single professor as everyone's supervisor, who is well respected in our field. In our field it is normal that the supervisor is ...
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How do I refuse to meet again a Department Chair who insists on certain measures due to my non-standard accent causing communication problems?

I speak English with a heavy non standard accent. I'm away from my British university, in a different time zone. No surprise I have to send emails! In September 2021, my Department Chair — who used ...
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How much money is spent on students' above their tuition fees in the UK?

It is well known at the university which I went to (Cambridge), that way more money is spent on each student than the home-tier tutition fee (it is partly payed for by the exorbitant cost of ...
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Should I submit research/teaching statements if a job ad doesn't ask for them?

The vast majority of faculty applications I've made explicitly require the candidate to submit both a research statement and a teaching statement, and the institution usually describes the expected ...
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