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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Use of Prof title for academic moving from US to UK

In the United States, we use the title Professor or Prof. (in writing) for all faculty at the assistant, associate and full professor levels. In the United Kingdom, we use the title only for the most ...
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Changing Institutions Mid-PhD [duplicate]

So here's the situation I find myself in: I've just finished the second year of my PhD (part-time) and have submitted my qualifying report. My two supervisors, and the two independent examiners all ...
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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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Is it appropriate to work on papers outside of my doctorate?

I am starting my PhD in October at a UK University. I am skipping my masters and going straight to doing my PhD. Although this has saved me time, it has also removed my opportunity to publish my ...
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Is this a figure, a table, or... something else? (Thesis object labelling.)

I am writing my MSc in data analytics in the UK. I am planning to include some R code outputs in it: data and model summaries generated automatically (the grey part in the below example). Question: is ...
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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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Withdrawing from a previously accepted offer of admission due to lack of funding

This autumn, I applied for an MPhil at Cambridge as an international student. Here are some key points: Only 10% of MPhil students in my area of study get full scholarships. I stated very clearly ...
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Cancellation of certificate of course completion

I took a 4-month online course in London. Upon completion, I received an email congratulating me for passing the course with the course certificate attached. The following day, I was told that there ...
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When to start applying for permanent lectureships (UK, humanities)?

Last year, I finished my PhD in history and started a 3-year postdoc at a Russell Group university in the UK. I have a few peer-reviewed articles, but haven't published my thesis as a book yet. When ...
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How did/does the Greek-letter grading system (formerly?) used at Oxford and Cambridge work?

Does anyone have any information about the alpha-beta-gamma marking system? What are/were the criteria for the different grades and how were these then collated into degree-class marks? Is this system ...
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International Recognition of MMath degree

I am currently weighing two options for my undergraduate study in mathematics, the University of Oxford and ETH Zurich. In Zurich, I would be graduating after three years with an Bsc., at Oxford I ...
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Why are university drop out rates in the United Kingdom relatively low?

The drop out rates for America and Germany in University are similar at about 30%. I believe a common explanation for both is that there is not enough screening for the people who go into college. ...
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Difference between MAst, MSc, how far I can go with an MPhil [closed]

For context, I'm currently an I.T. bachelor's student who has an interest in mathematics and is planning for higher education in math. After doing some research online, I realised that a PhD isn't ...
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Weak student asking for reference for PhD place -UK

I have found a question close to mine Reference for candidate unfit for application but not quite the same, and I have followed some of the advice already. I'm an academic at a UK institute and a ...
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I am a Masters student and my supervisor has been ignoring my email [duplicate]

I have a group project due next month and I have had to deal with a difficult partner. This is for my dissertation and I have spent the academic year working on it mostly alone with some input from my ...
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Do I need to have a well defined PhD Research proposal before contacting a supervisor?

I am in the UK and I am looking to contact a supervisor about starting a PhD. First, I know the area that I want to focus on but I don't have a defined research project just yet. I'd like to define ...
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Switch to skilled worker visa while on a funded PhD: impact on stipend and potential student fees repayment?

I'm currently doing a fully funded PhD in one of the UK universities, and I'm in my second year. I have received a full-time job offer and want to switch to a skilled worker visa now. Does anyone know ...
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Explanation of certain phrases in an online interview for a fixed term teaching position at a certain Scottish university

I've applied for a (teaching only) mathematics lecturer position at a certain Scottish university, and as part of the application process, they shortlisted me for an online interview, where they're ...
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How to communicate to my advisor and execute my need to graduate as soon as possible?

I'm in the beginning of my third year in a 3-4 year PhD program in the UK, in a STEM field. Long story short, there is a misalignment of interests and skills between my advisor and me. My advisor is ...
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Obligations of Scottish Universities in regards to assessments for dyslexia and dyspraxia

Dyslexia and dyspraxia can be an issue for students in academic or practical aspects of their course. Sometimes it is undiagnosed, for example because the student cannot afford the cost of a ...
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