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I agree with you. I feel the request to put your salary on a slide (on the first slide, no less!) is rather unexpected, and quite frankly does not speak highly about the professionalism of your contact. I would decline this, for multiple reasons: Your salary is nobody's business. Not sure what more there is to say about this. Students are, for the largest ...


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I think you should be worried that you and your colleagues might have to go without pizza the rest of the semester if you've already (unknowingly) burned through the budget, and not much else. You could also worry that in the future you'll have to go through a more formal approval process, which will probably loosen once whoever is involved in the approval ...


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There's nothing you can do to change your grade on a completed degree. What you can do is do well in your job so that no one cares about your old grades, which it sounds like you've done. So congrats on that! The real issue here isn't your grades, it's that you're still feeling a lot of anxiety about your college experience. I'd suggest talking to a ...


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Interviewing a family member is not permitted. Yes, you should raise a complaint. Do it politely, of course. But in the end, you have to ask yourself whether or not a work group that would even try to get away with this is one you want to get involved with.


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I would ask about having a co-supervisor. Having access to esteemed DL researchers is great -- but they will have limited time/interest in helping you if you are not "formally" their student. If you manage to find someone in this role, I think your position is just about perfect. If you don't manage to find someone in this role, I have three main concerns: ...


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I would think you can share the salary "Range", but I, like you, would not put it on the first slide. ie after 3 years experience you could expect xxx to yyy as a zzzzzz. This answers a second question that the OP had in the original post, now edited: Sometimes students like to hear about a "real" problem and "how" it was solved - that process is usually ...


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Yes, UK salaries are currently significantly lower than US salaries at most ranks, and don't have much room for negotiation outside of a standard range. The only exception to this is "professor" in the UK (which is often closer to distinguished professor in the US) where there's more latitude for higher salaries. One major reason for the salary gap is that ...


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In my view it is completely misleading to compare salaries at all as you are ignoring the cost of living and other differences. You seem to be equating a UK salary with seniority based on a strict conversion to USD and seeing where that fits in the salary scale. This position is definitely a promotion. The best way that I know of to compare salaries is to ...


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This is common in the UK. In general interview expenses are relatively low. Many people take a train in the morning to the university and return home that night, so there might not be any food or lodging costs and only a relatively inexpensive train ticket. For an international candidate arranging flights and trains may require a 3 day stay, as it did for me....


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There is a UK context to this situation which others may not have picked up on, and also some researchers within UK universities may not have been exposed to the current situation within their own institution. Putting it bluntly many UK universities are under extreme financial pressures currently, due to various factors which (depending on institution) stem ...


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I can give you some insight in Germany/Austria (phd in physics in Austria), not so much on the UK. Many countries in Europe now use the Bologna system https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bologna_Process#Qualifications_framework It is normally a three step process for a phd: Bachelor programs is more or less equivalent to US undergrad, takes 3 years normally (all ...


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A student-run seminar series that regularly attracts 30 students is something every school should be proud of. I can't imagine that there will be any discussion of official sanctions. I'm sort of amazed that the head of a UK school would personally involve themselves in anything like this. I'd encourage you to go into this meeting with a completely open ...


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As a statistician, I consider that an unrepresentative sample of one is unlikely to convey any useful information at all. You would mislead your audience if you presented them with such stuff. Those of us with experience of the world know that amazingly high salaries are sometimes available to amazingly under-qualified people. So there is no point in ...


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You went to the administrative person. That was your error and the core issue. Allow me to give an example from the other side in which this happened: While I was at another institute, I was asked to take over a lab for another person. The lab hosted a guest cohort from another country so the university needed someone with content knowledge and dual ...


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To add a bit more to the other fine answer: There is a set and published salary range for Senior Lecturer/Reader at each UK University, and they are all close to the same. At my (and other) UK Unis this is grade 9. If you search for the University in question's salary scales, you can see the grade 9 range and that is what you have to work with. They cannot ...


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Do you want to design a tool that can build many things, or learn how best to use the available tools to build a house? Do you want to do a PhD in machine learning or are you trying to use machine learning to solve problems in medical imaging? In the first case I would agree with @cag51. Without a Deep Learning supervisor, it would be challenging and also ...


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You have not quite told us what happened with you, your advisor and your research group. But even your vague description betrays what I believe to be a lack of awareness to certain aspects of professional/interpersonal interaction which is now biting you in the ass. This was initially a fairly minor thing. I just needed to explain to others that there was ...


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This may be covered by privacy law in UK as it would be in US. You need to consult with a lawyer before you take any action that isn't already embodied in your policies, which I assume have already been vetted. If you are permitted to inform the other university you should also consider whether you are liable to civil action if you do so. But your lawyer ...


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From what I have heard from students and academics in the UK there are a few key factors: I think you may be undervaluing the effect of language. English is by far the most widely studied language and is the primary language of communication in academia. Students want to improve their English while they study. While universities in non-English speaking ...


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The Cambridge LLB was a Master's level qualification, which was renamed to LLM in the 1980s in order to avoid confusion with the more widely used meaning of LLB as an undergraduate degree.


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I don't know what the numbers are for academic faculty specifically is, but the numbers for education in general is 47% (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/trade-union-statistics-2018), and that is in line with membership within my department (STEM, Russel Group). UCU has a membership of 120,000. As well as collective bargaining on pay, conditions ...


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From my personal experience, very unsubstantiated and anecdotal, family hire and similar conflicts of interests do still happen in UK universities. It is very frustrating and demotivating for other candidates, particularly when your skills match the job description well and you've put a lot of time and effort to prepare the application and the interview ...


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While you seem confident that the individual's behavior is unprofessional, other people in your situation might not be as confident. If you have any doubt about if someones behavior is unprofessional, find a trusted colleague and ask them in confidence. Once you are confident that the behavior is unprofessional, the next time he emails you, send him an ...


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Ask the university. There will be administrative offices and a secretariat of some kind, and they will be delighted to be able to help. It is a lot more interesting than most of the stuff they find themselves having to do. The general rule is to wear the gown and hood corresponding to this university's equivalent degree if there is one, so if you are a ...


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As a PhD student, you have no official access to departmental funds. If someone has given you a departmental credit card, they shouldn't have, and they are officially to blame and will probably be in trouble (irrespective of the actual facts on the ground). Otherwise, someone, somewhere, is signing off on a form that authorizes the spend. Again, not ...


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Some universities (such as the one where I work) publish their pay scales. There's a level of abstraction between scale points and job titles but with a quick check of the salary bands in job adverts you could use the staff they're familiar with as a point of reference: "After a couple of years in industry I'm earning about as much as a lecturer". The ...


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As far as I can see, none of the other answers mentions the UK aspect. In the UK, you just don't go around asking people what their salary is. In this social context, if they're literally asking you to tell this class what you earn, that request is unreasonable. However, it would seem useful to include a typical salary for a position similar to yours. (...


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First, I’ll describe what happens at my department (engineering, high ranking, UK). It might be useful to understand the mindset. We were recently hiring for teaching only position at my school (teaching fellow). The idea behind it was to get someone to teach in a specific area. The job is open-ended, the same salary as other faculty (Lecturer/assist prof), ...


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I assume you are worried about possible future retaliation or other future actions. I suggest that you don't try to handle this on your own. You need someone who you trust and who is superior to both of you in the profession to be made aware of the situation. There should be some sort of record of what has happened, with the record known to the "superior". ...


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I am an American and was an assistant professor in a UK university. They laughed at me in the polite British way for being a stupid Yank when I asked about benefits like this. With the single pay spine and the craziness of British tax law, they wouldn't even know how to do it in a formal way. If your daughter attended your school (department in US speak), ...


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