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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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Will an off-topic Masters hurt my chances of a PhD place?

I have just completed the third year of an integrated master's degree (a three-year undergraduate degree plus an additional year of study at a master's degree level, with the final degree being an ...
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How to obtain a degree equivalency certificate in UK?

I have a degree in Social Education (done in Portugal). I am wondering whether anybody can help me in finding organizations that can provide an equivalency certificate (report) for this degree. I have ...
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Is it reasonable to list PhD funding as grant money for an industry CV?

A colleague passed me their CV which they have used for applications to non-academic positions. In it they have a short sentence/profile that states that have X publications, Y citations and $Z in ...
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What is the difference between MRC Postdoctoral Training Scheme and Career Development Fellowship at the LMB (Cambridge, UK)?

I'm applying for a job at the LMB in Cambridge, UK. I am aware that the LMB offers two paths for a postdoc: an MRC Postdoctoral Training Scheme and a Career Development Fellowship. I am unclear of the ...
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How appreciated is "Part III" in the US?

I will complete an MSc in physics, including a thesis, this year. I have received an offer for a 9 month taught math master's course at Cambridge called Part III, although I don't yet have a funding ...
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Academics in the USA that were sponsored for H1B visa, can you tell me about your experience? How long did it take, how was the process?

I am currently being sponsored for the H1B and my proposed start date is mid-August. I am not sure about the feasibility of this as most websites say it takes around 3-8 months to obtain the H1B. Can ...
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What are my chances of being accepted into a UK Phd program with average undergraduate and masters grades? [closed]

I want to do a Phd with funding in the UK but I'm afraid to apply as I meet the requirements of Phd but just barely. I have reasonable Bachelors grades and a merit in my masters. Also I have research ...
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Which endorsing body should I pick for a global talent endorsement? (UK, computer science lecturer/assistant prof) [closed]

I'm a UK academic wanting to switch from a skilled worker visa to a global talent visa. I completed the first step, which was to get a Statement of Guarantee from my university. Next, I need to apply ...
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Do I do another masters or keep on looking for a PhD [closed]

I graduated last year with a masters degree in physics from a UK University. Unfortunately, despite my overall grades being good, my thesis had a low grade, and my supervisor didn't want to write me a ...
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Is Newton Fellowship in UK for early career researchers?

I am a PhD student (Astronomy) who is going to submit thesis in the next month. I am actively searching for Postdoc opportunities in the UK. I came across Newton Fellowship and I would like to know my ...
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Quitting PhD and graduating with an M. Phil

I could really use some advice right now. A few months ago I got out of a Ph.D and decided to submit for an M. Phil after 2 years in an incredibly damaging and hostile environment in a UK University. ...
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How to list an honorary position on a CV?

UK universities offer honorary positions, see e.g. How to get honorary academic position in UK universities? and links therein. How does one list these positions on a CV? For instance, suppose I am a ...
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Part-Time PhD in the UK? How does this work?

I'm from the US but I work as an engineer in the UK. In the US, part-time engineering PhD students at high-profile universities are possible, but rare and usually limited to special cases. In the ...
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For non-English-speaking countries: Can I use my PhD to prove my knowledge of English for a UK visa?

I was browsing through the needed documents for a skilled worker visa and I found that I need to prove my level of English as a requirement, but I've also found that I need a UK PhD certificate (I ...
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Second master's degree in another field without bachelors

Question: Can I study master's degree in another field (or adjacent field) if I have a master's degree already without a bachelor degree? Explanation: At the moment I am studying master's degree in ...
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Should a 1-year gap in employment/education 12 years ago be mentioned in the ATAS application? If yes, where should it be mentioned?

I am applying for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate in order to start my job as an Assistant Professor at a Russell Group university in the UK. And I would like to know if a 1-...
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What's the tangible benefit of titles like FBCS, CEng, FRSE, FIET, FREng in the UK?

I am an associate professor in computer science. I see a lot of academics with titles like FBCS, CEng, FRSE, FIET, FREng. I was wondering, what's the tangible benefit of these titles? I know that ...
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Can privately administered colleges and universities in the USA successfully run without government funding?

Can privately administered colleges and universities in the USA and the UK successfully run without government (either state or federal) funding? By "government funding," I mean any kind of ...
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How to address impossible “minor” corrections in the UK?

I passed my PhD defense a few weeks ago with minor corrections (in the UK) in a particular field within applied mathematics. Although the corrections were supposed to be minor, the external examiner ...
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Is there any chance I can be accepted into a good graduate physics program without any bachelor's? [closed]

I am someone who did plenty of self-study in physics and has learned pretty much the entire undergraduate physics curriculum by himself. I have plenty of evidence to prove this (including a physics ...
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What does Unconditional firm mean?

I recieved an offer of place for a PhD at a British university, which I accepted. My application's status was updated to : Unconditional firm, but due to my unfamiliarity with the British system and ...
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Should I write a follow up email? (UK Academic position) [duplicate]

I had an interview for a lecturer position on a Friday. The panel mentioned they would give an answer the following week. The week has passed and Im wondering if I should contact them with a follow up ...
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How do I Become a Theoretical Chemist/Physicist with a Chemistry Background? [closed]

I have a Masters in Chemistry. I'm UK based, and in my early 30's. I live with family. I have Asperger's and psychosis. I find chemical theories fun and interesting. I've dabbled in a little math and ...
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Part-time and remote research in the UK

The general question: If someone has commitments and constraints which make working full-time on site in a University impractical, is it possible for them to have a research career? If it is possible, ...
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My university is not issuing a transcript in the form required by a foreign university. What are the options before me?

I'm from a South Asian country, and here marksheets are accepted for all kinds of admissions. Now, I have applied to a UK university, and upon uploading my marksheets, which look like this: I ...
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What does "result of a qualification" mean in the UK?

I am applying for a postdoctoral position in the UK and where I need to put my qualification, it is asked about the result. For example, when I fill in the details of my B.Sc. degree, what am I ...
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What would be the difference between Lecturer and Assistant Professor in the UK in terms of salary?

Out of curiosity I did a search of average salary of a Lecturer and Assistant Professor in the UK on indeed. There was a significant difference in the average salary for the two positions. What I do ...
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What goes on behind the curtains after a PhD interview in mathematics at a university in UK?

I contacted a professor X at an university in UK regarding a PhD position in a particular area of mathematics. I briefly described my research interests in my email to which the professor encouraged ...
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What Can I Expect in the First Few Months of a PhD?

I am starting a PhD in Quantum Computing in England in about 2 weeks. I have already communicated with my advisor over email, and he is quite flexible with my research aims. I am a bit nervous about ...
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Employer Pension Contributions UK on grant/fellowship

I've won a postdoc fellowship to work at a UK university (which is funded by a billionaire externally) and as part of the budget, my salary (I simply costed myself on a spine point) implicity includes ...
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Does requesting to speed up the application process affect its outcome

I got an offer for a PhD position which, due to my financial status, I can only accept if I am awarded a scholarship, which is currently in consideration. Recently, I received a job offer which has to ...
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What is the importance of a very tangentially related minor in grad school applications?

In an effort to keep this question generalizable, I'll try to be as vague as possible. I'm majoring in a softer science (getting a BA), while doing research in a much harder science which could be ...
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How to find research internships in Europe?

I am a mathematics graduate student, and I am searching for a (preferably paid) research internship that could last to 6 months in the field of probability theory. I have searched for opportunities in ...
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How to manage inconsistent behaviour and communication from a supervisor?

I've been in this lab for a year (one year Master's finished and three years to go in PhD in marine ecology) and I thought my PI was great (chill, kind and supportive) despite forgetting absolutely ...
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Can I do a phd in germany after an Online master's degree in the uk?

I am currently working in Germany and I will do my master's degree remotely from England. When I asked those at the university where I will do my master's degree, he said that the diploma is equal to ...
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Contacting Department about a Job (UK)

I keep hearing that in the UK, it's a positive thing to get in touch with the department during the application process to show you're really interested. Is this true? (I've read that in the US this ...
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I have a bunch of incomplete degrees. Any chance to get in decent Masters?

I have a bunch of incomplete degrees. I nearly finished one bachelor's but the 16h work days made me focus on work instead of academia. Then I tried with other degrees but never got far in any of them....
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Does the Newton International Fellowship holder get salary?

The Newton International Fellowship supports the development and training of postdoctoral researchers at an early stage of their career from any country outside the UK, by providing an opportunity to ...
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What questions to ask before accepting a lectureship?

I recently received an offer for a lectureship position at a smaller UK university, albeit with a notable compensation decrease. I am seeking guidance on the key inquiries to pose during negotiations ...
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How does PhD funding work in the UK?

I am an undergraduate who is interested in doing a PhD in the UK in the future. I am aware that there is funding for living costs, tuition fees and travel costs. But if a PhD student is self-funded, ...
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If I get a HE fellowship do I still need a PGCert for academic practice or equivalent to become a lecturer?

I have a PhD and have been working as a researcher and associate lecturer in a UK University. I want to become a Lecturer. I have the credentials for a higher education (HE) Fellowship and some for a ...
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What are the disadvantages of a Top-up undergraduate degree

Can I use a top-up degree to apply for a Master's program? I enrolled in a Top-up degree program after graduating with a Third class degree in Bachelor of Science in Physics. I am wondering if I can ...
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PhD Funding in the UK as an International Student - Is this a Pipe Dream?

I am planning on applying for PHD's in the UK over the next 12 months - Criminology PHD's specifically. What is dissuading me is the funding situation. International Students do not have their tuition ...
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Am I eligible to do a PhD in the UK with 2.2 undergraduate degree and a 1st graduate degree?

I have completed my undergraduate degree in Computer Science with a grade of 2.2 (Lower second class) and a MSc in Robotics with a distinction (1st class). I have published a paper in an international ...
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Is it normal, advisable and safe to work as a teacher in the UK (Scotland) without a contract?

While I am not an expert on the legal subject, I understand it is legal to work without a contract in the UK (although not very advisable as it is harder to defend your right). My University was ...
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Why do people do a postdoc, rather than getting another PhD?

Genuinely curious! From my perspective the postdocs have even less freedom than I do (I work in a national lab, where although I'm a PhD student my experience sadly is more like an employee). I know ...
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Is there a distinction in the application process between Skilled Worker visas for EU citizens and non-EU citizens?

I have received an offer for a lecturer position at a UK-based institution. Upon researching the visa application process, it appears that there is no differentiation between EU and non-EU citizens. ...
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Is double payment of health insurance required for UK Global Talent visa holders?

I have recently received an offer from a UK-based institution for a lecturer position. As a non-UK/EU citizen, securing a visa is a crucial step in this process. The initial duration of the position ...
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Going solo: the risks of forging your own path?

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 ...
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UK: Does my institution incur direct costs when I make use of an open access agreement?

My institution has several publisher agreements that allow me to publish open access without cost (to me). What happens when I make use of such an agreement? Will my university incur direct costs (...

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