charles_the_historian Posted November 29, 2020 Share Posted November 29, 2020 Hello all, I have never posted on a forum like this before, and was hoping that some of you might have some advice. I am a current PhD student, at one of the top schools in the UK, and am getting kicked out of a second PhD. I am kind of losing it.. any advice anyone has would help. I graduated from undergrad at an Ivy League, with a 4.0 GPA. I was admitted into a doctoral programme at Cambridge in 2016 (the year I graduated from my combined undergrad/ma). I was there for 1.5 years and my supervising professor retired (I passed my QT, and then he decided he was leaving, it was a personal issue with his wife and I do not blame him). I spent nearly a year trying to find alternative supervision. My project area was extremely specific, and it wasn't going to happen. Every alternative supervisor wanted to significantly modify the project, and I just could not figure out how to make it work. I took the university's offer of leaving with a (second) masters degree, and decided to leave and start again. I spent a year re-applying and was accepted to another top school in the UK (I do not want to mention where because of the ongoing issues). At the end of year one, our QT was delayed due to COVID, and instead of a standard QT your supervisor(s) were supposed to have an informal meeting. My project I was told, needed more significant modification due to Covid. I made these changes, and my professor --like deja vu-- left the university (this time it was that he was hired at a different university, this one pisses me off). The university told me I could look for different supervision within the department, but if none could be found, I would have to leave. As I was looking for this alternative supervision, I was notified by someone senior in the department that I was going to have to leave. They changed the reason several times: 1) no supervision, 2) covid, 3) insufficient progress. I was finally notified last week that I am getting expelled. I have gotten legal advice, and am appealing. But this whole situation has been appalling. I am getting kicked out of the country and only have 60 days to get my affairs in order (and I had moved my stuff and set everything up for the next 4-5 years here) so it will be a nightmare --I am not sure I can even go home for Christmas and even re-enter the country because of Covid... and that I think once I leave my visa automatically cancels. So I guess I get to have christmas alone in my flat. Has anyone ever successfully appealed? Does anyone have any advice about what to do? I have put a lawyer on retainer for about £10k.. but Im running out of my savings. I am approaching 30 and have no job/career going --and dont see what I could get with two esoteric masters degrees (and possibly a third, if they even offer that on appeal, which they so far haven't). My whole life I have planned on an academic career, and have kind of put all of my eggs in one basket. Any help or advice is appreciated. Thanks, Charlie Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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