Questions tagged [united-kingdom]

On standards or conventions specific to the higher education system in the United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland), which differs in structure and style from the systems in North America, Asia, or elsewhere in Europe.

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What's expected in a UK postgrad letter of recommendation

Note: This is specific to the UK. My experience of recruitment more generally is that it varies a lot internationally. I've been asked to write a letter of recommendation for an undergrad applying ...
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Is MSc the same as MSc (Eng)?

I have a master's degree in the UK, titled MSc Advanced Materials Engineering. I would like to know if it would be correct to put MSc (Eng) as a post-nominal? There is no clear guidance. By using ...
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Asking about the pre-master programs [closed]

I heard about Kaplan's pre-master program. I just don't understand about it much even though I emailed the HR, their answer is very broad. I'm about to receive a master degree in computational ...
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MSc in education for an assistnat professor in computer science

What are your thoughts about getting an MSc in education while being an assistant professor? my UK university requires assistant professors to go through a number of courses, and upon completing them ...
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What am I expected to say about teaching plans in an interview (UK)?

I got short-listed for an interview. I will have to give a 15 minutes presentation and I need to address 1) past and present research; 2) future research; 3) teaching plans. About the position: I ...
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I have deep desire to study Physics after I graduate from Computer Engineering; want to know if I have what it takes to be successful in this field

I am now studying Computer Application, a bachelor degree in India. I can get a job in the IT sector if I try only a little harder. But I have this deep desire to study Physics starting from ...
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PhD offer - Making decisions on right PhD [closed]

I hope everyone is well. I would like some advice about accepting PhD offers/waiting for the 'perfect' phd. I don't want to over-explain my situation, but I think the background is important, as I am ...
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Job prospects for international student in the UK for an academic position in the humanities

For the sake of context, I have been accepted by a UK university for my undergraduate degree (Maths and Philosophy at Oxford), and shall be beginning my degree this fall. My issue is this - after ...
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What is responsive mode in the context of research funding?

I'm about to finish my PhD in the North of Ireland (Belfast), and I am looking into post-doc funding for the first time. Funders seem to use lots of unfamiliar words, and one that puzzles me is "...
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Monitoring employee's work habits - is it acceptable and how to express dissaproval appropriately?

I've recently started as a Lecturer but have been with the same University on a fixed-term contract some time prior. My University is mainly using MS Teams as the official chat, e-mail, calendar and ...
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Why do people buying things for UK universities have to pay VAT?

In the UK, Value Added Tax (VAT) is added on to prices when things are bought by consumers / end users. However, VAT can normally be reclaimed by companies with a turnover of over approx £20k, and by ...
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Why do UK universities often have Classics and History MA courses separated?

In many UK universities Classics courses (study/research of the history and culture of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations) are singled out and presented distinct from History courses. They even ...
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Personal Statement(s) for two similar masters courses

I'm applying to two courses viz - Mathematical Physics MSc and Theoretical Physics MSc at the University of Edinburgh. I'm currently a final year bachelors student. From what I can gather post a ...
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How do new faculty members in the UK start their career without startup grants?

I'm starting a lecturer position in Computer Science in the UK, which is roughly equivalent to a tenure-track assistant professor position. However, the department head told me that, while they do ...
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How to respond to potential power abuse from project supervisor?

Over the space of a now concluding 20 week long project, my appointed supervisor has made a number of questionable decisions that appear to have negatively affected my work and solidified her grip ...
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A potential supervisor said 'happy to supervise me for PhD', but I'm not in the minimum requirement. Is it guaranteed to be accepted? (UK) [closed]

After the interview, a potential supervisor said: "Really Happy to Supervise You" with possible funding. However, the problem is that I'm not in the minimum academic requirement (grade) in the ...
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Doubts whether to continue a PhD due to supervisor's lies and loss of funding [closed]

TL; DR: PhD with a supervisor who states things that turn out not to be true in order to manage people; funding lost and replaced with smaller financial contribution; serious doubt whether to continue ...
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Do I have a chance at an MSc in Machine Learning/AI with low grades?

I am currently applying to a Master's programme at a strong university in the UK and began doubting my chances of getting in. I completed my Bachelor's degree in Mathematics at a large research ...
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Grad School application that's submitted early with a decent LOR vs Application that's submitted rather late but with a better LOR

I am a final year bachelor's student in physics and I am applying to masters programs in physics, in the UK. The places I am applying to have a rolling admissions process and I wanted to submit my ...
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Going from STEM to history

I am looking to leave my career in computing and go back to university to study a History MA. The trouble is I only have a 3rd class degree in Computing from around 1990. What would you recommend I ...
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Upcoming PhD interview

I applied for some PhD's in differential geometry in the UK, and I was offered an interview this coming Wednesday and they said this in the confirmation email: "The interview will be conducted by ...
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Where in academia are HEA fellowships valued?

https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/fellowship#categories Apparently these fellowships are popular in the UK? What sorts of universities care about them? And why?
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Prizes on Academic CVs

I rarely see academic prizes mentioned on academic CVs. I suppose many students who are completeting a PhD also have a few of such prizes. I am thinking, amongst others, about best MSc dissertation, ...
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Job offer for UK Reader

I'm currently an assistant professor at a US university, three years away from coming up for tenure. Recently, a former colleague of mine who is a professor at a university in the UK approached me ...
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What is a “normal” teaching load for a Lecturer in a UK pre-'92 University? [duplicate]

What is a normal teaching load for a Lecturer on a teaching and research contract (equal split) in a physical science field in a UK pre-'92 University? Is there such a thing as "normal", or is the ...
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How to convert Italian grades to American and U.K system?

I just graduated in aeronautical engineering (master of science) at the Polytechnic of Milan. In the Italian university system, students who finish their major get a final grade that that goes from 66 ...
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UK Postdoc - Is salary negotiation even possible?

I have an interview later this week and the advertisement goes something like: Grade 7: £31,604 - £38,833 p.a. While talking to a postdoc at my own department, she told me that the scale wouldn't ...
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Sex worker student offering her (lawful) services

One of my students is an escort/stripper and she has offered me (and other faculty in my department) her "services". I am pretty sure my initial reaction of "thanks for letting me know, now can you ...
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In the UK, who owns the intellectual property of a thesis?

Assume the following problem: A person decides to create software for his thesis. His application turns out to be very profitable. If he continues creating it, will the University own the ...
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Applying for post-doctoral fellowships whilst writing PhD thesis

Is it acceptable to apply for post-doctoral fellowships in the UK whilst writing my PhD thesis?
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Contacted by head of school regarding an issue - should I be worried?

I am a PhD student at a UK university. A small part of my time is taken up by (voluntarily) organizing a monthly seminar series. The seminar is open to all PhD students in my school, and is regularly ...
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UK university salary scales confusion — advertised job pay seems very low, any ideas why?

I've just seen a job advertised by a London university for a job similar to mine but as senior lecturer. I'm confused because the bottom end of the salary listed is lower than what I am currently on ...
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How do HR departments generally decide how many of your hours are for teaching?

I know how many hours I am paid for each week but have recently been asked to do a bit more teaching and told that, based upon what I was already doing, they were allowed to ask me to do a bit more. ...
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Why does general education occur in high school in the UK, but in undergrad in the US?

Alexandra Lyons of Cambridge University writes: For starters, undergraduate education [UG] in the UK is a bit different than what you have probably seen in North America, where 4-year liberal arts ...
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UK MSc to US PhD

I'm currently a student at a UK university studying towards an MSc in Statistics, and I had some questions about how graduate schools in the US would view this type of program. As I'm much more ...
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Is it worth trying to get into a decent PhD programme with subpar BSc grades? (UK)

I am currently a final-year student on a BSc Mathematics programme in the UK. For the first two years of my degree I've mostly adopted a '2:1 will do' approach and didn't focus on my studies all too ...
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Student comments from meetings frequently overreacted to by senior 'management' [closed]

I've worked at several UK institutions over the past 10 years and one aspect that consistently raises my eyebrows is the reaction to student-staff liaison meetings* from senior members of the team. ...
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Copyright in academic software in the UK

I work on statistical data analysis in neuroscience at a university, and to that end regularly develop small pieces of software. Most of that software I also publish on GitHub under the GNU General ...
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What percentage of UK academic faculty are in UCU?

Just wondering what the rough % of academic faculty (e.g. full time and part time teaching fellow/associates, lecturers, senior lecturers, readers, and professors) are in UCU? I've been invited to ...
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(Re-)entering UK academic system after a long time abroad

This is a sort of general existential question, but I hope it's specific enough to be welcome here. I'm a reasonably successful not-quite-exactly-young-any-more researcher in my field, but I don't ...
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Can someone interview their sibling?

I just had a job interview (permanent lecturer position not connected to a grant) and, immediately afterwards, I found out that the person who is the group leader and responsible for recruiting is the ...
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Legal framework for academic recruiting in UK

This is related to a previous question. When a university posts a public ad for a vacancy does it only have to follow its internal policy for conflicts of interest or is there also some law that ...
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How important is teaching experience?

I am a PhD student in economics in the UK. Recently, I have been hearing how important teaching experience is to find a job in academia as a lecturer. One needs to submit teaching statements and may ...
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Opening of applications for PhD in computer science at UCL,King's College London [closed]

I am a Master's student studying computer science in India. I will be applying for a PhD in computer science in the UK beginning in October 2020. UCL and King's college have not updated any details ...
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What date goes on your hardbound PhD thesis?

I submitted my thesis in 2013 but passed my viva (the oral defense/examination) in 2014. Should the date (month+year) which I put in, on and around my thesis be, When I submitted my soft-bound copy ...
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Structuring Dissertation as Thesis Rather than “Standard” Bachelor's Structure

I'm in the process of developing a quantum random number generator utilising novel mechanisms that haven't yet been implemented in commercial products in an effort to achieve better randomness and a ...
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Greetings to department's scientists

I have enrolled as a PhD student in one of the UK's universities. I have been received an email containing a list of different professors and secretaries in the department. I am a little worried since ...
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Changing PhD Programs? What to put in my application? (UK-based)

Background: I started my PhD a few months ago. I haven't actually been trained to do anything because they say they don't have the time for it. I've been understanding but I'm becoming very ...
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Is there a way to improve my grade after graduation?

I graduated around 3 years ago with a degree, from a Russell Group university, in Mathematics. I had some mental health issues in my final term which essentially bombed my grade. Since I had no ...
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Can I do Part III of the Mathematics tripos as a part of my PhD in Cambridge University? [closed]

I am physics master's student in India. I wish to do my PhD in theoretical physics in the Applied Maths department at Cambridge (DAMTP). Can I apply for a PhD and do Part III as a part of it (akin to ...

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