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Water WISER Virtual Open Day - Shared screen with speaker view
James Mckay
08:53
Hi Everyone, you can put questions in the chat but please wait until Barbara has finished speaking. I will monitor the chat during the question and answer session and give questions to Barbara and Andrew
Richwell Tryson Musoma
31:51
How many openings are available for the 2022 intake?
Medha
32:27
How many positions are available for international students?
James Mckay
32:28
10 places (of which 2-3 open to international students
Paria Shojaei
32:30
Hi. shoud we prepare a proposal?
Elorm Obotey Ezugbe
32:36
Thanks for the presentation Prof.my name is Elorm from Ghana.my question is, do I need the confirmation of a supervisor before applying?
Madhumitha Rajendran
32:45
Since a research proposal is being asked in the application portal, how detailed can it be ideally?
James Mckay
34:00
@Elorm @Madhumitha - you don't need to prepare a full research proposal but please write half a page describing your research interests
Shardul Prabhu
34:52
Since the application asks for a personal statement with research interests, is there a word limit enforced for the personal statement?
James Mckay
35:28
@Elorm - you don't need a supervisor confirmed at the time of application but your application will be helped if you have looked at supervisors and understand those who may be best suited to your interests
Ushnish
35:45
I joined late
James Mckay
36:18
@Ushnish - don't worry the meeting is recorded and we will put it on the website in the next couple of days
Ushnish
36:23
can I get a quick look of the presentation
Ushnish
36:26
perfect
Moira Lee
37:31
If I am interested in a PhD with a predefined topic and objectives do I still need to write half a page describing my research interests?
James Mckay
37:44
@Shardul - we recommend your personal statement should be no more than 1-2 pages long. It is important to be concise
James Mckay
39:05
@Moira - I would recommend you clarify what the predefined topic and objectives are, and then also write about how this fits your interests and background
Ellen Mutsakatira
39:34
Thank you for the presentation. I wanted to find out Is it mandatory to have written the ILETS tests before handing in the application?
Spurthi Kolipaka
39:37
That answers my questions. Thank you!
James Mckay
41:55
You don't need your English qualification at the time of applying. But you MUST have it by the time you arrive - you won't be allowed to register without it.
James Mckay
44:15
There are very many applicants for our international places (we have only 2-3 places) so competition is fierce. You must show that you understand the themes of the centre in your application in order to be successful. Read carefully the Water-WISER website
Ime Chukwuemeka
45:07
Hello, I want to know about reference submission. How do we submit recommendation letters
Jyoti Sharma
46:30
thank you so much for information
Alex Edward
47:02
Hi All, Apologies for joining late so you may have answered these questions already. Is there an option for part-time study, and also is this the final year of potential funding, or will you be running entry again next year?
James Mckay
48:35
@Alex, there is an option for part-time study. However a part-time programme will last 6 years.
James Mckay
48:57
@Alex - the final application round will be next year, for entry in September 2023
Alex Edward
50:37
Thank you Barbara and James for your answers
Engr. Oguche Felix Michael
51:11
Please can we make changes in our application after submission, and do research proposal help in the application.
Elorm Obotey Ezugbe
52:22
thanks Prof
James Mckay
52:40
@Oguche Felix: You can't make changes to your application after submission.
shang m
01:00:22
Hi all, I don't know if the CDT is working with Chinese partners, but if not, can I describe my general research interests in the context of China, but the situation is probably similar to that of other countries.
Spurthi Kolipaka
01:01:16
Not able to hear Georgia clearly
Elorm Obotey Ezugbe
01:01:28
audio not clear please
Jonathan Wilcox (University of Leeds)
01:02:24
hold on need to do something quick
Jonathan Wilcox (University of Leeds)
01:03:01
sorted :-)
James Mckay
01:03:29
@Shang please do describe your research interests in the Chinese context - there are no restrictions to countries
Medha
01:07:57
Is the Water-Wiser CDT programme more focused on sanitation?
Jonathan Wilcox (University of Leeds)
01:08:54
Hi Medha. The CDT thematic focus is 'water and waste infrastructure and services' - sanitation is one component of this.
Moira Lee
01:08:56
At the point of applying to the WaterWISER CDT program, did you have any work experience related to what you wanted to cover in your PhD
James Mckay
01:09:03
@Medha - the programme is very wide so there are some areas that go well beyond sanitation or traditional WASH areas. Please read the 'About' page on our website www.waterwisercdt.ac.uk
Jonathan Wilcox (University of Leeds)
01:11:12
Hi Moira. I had seven years related experience but no in the specific area of my project. There is a very broad range of professional experience in the CDT - some people have come straight from their undergraduate, others are far into their career and pausing to study or change direction.
Jemma Phillips
01:11:28
https://chrisblattman.com/2022/01/11/phd-applicants-writing-your-statement-of-purpose/
Spurthi Kolipaka
01:11:44
very helpful - Thank you!
Moira Lee
01:12:00
Hi Jonathan. Many thanks for your response
Georgia Hales
01:12:49
We might also be able to put you in contact with people we've worked with previously as well as the supervisors/academics
Medha
01:14:20
Do we get to work with professors from the university outside of the CDT supervisor team?
Hannah Robinson
01:14:20
@moira I had limited experience in 'WASH', but some experience in engineering firms and the charity sector, I don't think it's necessary to have 'direct' research experience (although helpful)
Jemma Phillips
01:15:08
@Medha yes we do, it is encouraged to find supervisors from different departments to make our work stronger
Medha
01:15:51
ok that's great. Thanks!
Madhumitha Rajendran
01:15:57
Are there teaching or mentoring opportunities during the course of the PhD?
Jonathan Wilcox (University of Leeds)
01:16:55
Madhumitha - please could you clarify - do you want to teach and mentor, or be taught and mentored?
Hannah Robinson
01:16:58
@Madhumitha Yes! I'm currently doing a teaching job through university at the moment, working with children in leeds!
Moira Lee
01:18:32
In the personal statement do you talk more about why you chose your host institution or the waterwiser program or both?
Madhumitha Rajendran
01:19:15
Thanks Hanna!
Jemma Phillips
01:19:29
@Moira I think focus on why waterwiser is right for you and you are right for the programme. In the interview they will ask you if you have a preference between the 3 universities or are open to all.
James Mckay
01:19:32
Jonathan is correct - at the moment you can only 'sit in' on modules at the other universities, you can't get credit for them.
Georgia Hales
01:22:21
I find the stipend plenty to live on and save a bit (for a single person with no dependencies)
Jonathan Wilcox (University of Leeds)
01:23:03
@Shardul - I think have a look online for how to budget with a UK PhD stipend/scholarship.
Moira Lee
01:23:07
Thanks Jemma!
Mary Wambugu
01:23:09
As a programme designed to bridge industry practice and academia, to what extent have you been able to action in both during your research so far?
Toheeb Ayoyemi Oladimeji
01:23:19
House rent is just the issue in Leeds but it depends on where you wanna stay
Toheeb Ayoyemi Oladimeji
01:24:01
But you could always save some money. I was a scholar and my stipend was enough
Madhumitha Rajendran
01:27:14
Did you get to choose your course modules in the first year? Is there a module list that can be referred?
Hannah Robinson
01:28:10
@madhumitha yes you so, and there isn't a list, you just have to find what you're interested in :)
Hannah Robinson
01:28:23
*yes you do
Georgia Hales
01:29:26
You can search by subject here (for the uni of leeds - not sure how it works at cranfield/Loughborough) http://webprod3.leeds.ac.uk/catalogue/modulesearch.asp?T=S&L=TP
Madhumitha Rajendran
01:30:53
Thanks for all the information! It has been very helpful
Jonathan Wilcox (University of Leeds)
01:30:57
@Mary I think this is a personal decision. There is a minimum requirement for action in academia because this is a PhD :-) and you choose the extent to which this reaches into practice
Mary Wambugu
01:32:28
thanks Jonathan
Jonathan Wilcox (University of Leeds)
01:34:44
@medha you can have a quick look at the researchers based in the university and see if any overlap with your interests
Medha
01:37:14
Yes ok.Thanks Jonathan.
James Mckay
01:40:38
You are allowed to work 250 hours per year if you are doing University work (e.g. demonstrating). There is very little guidance about other work e.g. a part-time job/consultancy, however, you must be very careful about this. It can easily prevent you progressing properly. Students should consider the PhD as a full-time job as an 'early career researcher'
Tino Muvuti
01:41:33
Thanks, All!
Jonathan Wilcox (University of Leeds)
01:41:44
@madhumitha - to be clear, yes you can choose your modules in the first year
Spurthi Kolipaka
01:41:47
Can we reach out to you through email or LinkedIn?
Hannah Robinson
01:43:24
@spurthi i'm happy to be contacted by either, our details should be on our profiles on the website :) so you can reach out to the others not here today
Spurthi Kolipaka
01:43:35
Thank you!
Jemma Phillips
01:44:19
Yes same, on LinkedIn and email happy to answer questions
Taiwo Bamgboye
01:45:54
Hello Panelist, Thanks for this session. I have two questions
Jemma Phillips
01:46:10
Please feel free to speak them out or write them here
Medha
01:46:45
Bye! Thanks for answering the questions.
Taiwo Bamgboye
01:46:49
Do you have international student among you guys especially from countries within Africa and India?
Jemma Phillips
01:47:16
@Taiwo yes we do from both
Taiwo Bamgboye
01:47:27
secondly, what do you guys you did differently that gave edge over others?
Jonathan Wilcox (University of Leeds)
01:47:45
@taiwo - yes there are students from India and Africa
Jonathan Wilcox (University of Leeds)
01:48:06
I think the only continent not represented is Antarctica
James Mckay
01:51:51
The session will end in a few minutes so we can only answer one or two more quick questions
Taiwo Bamgboye
01:52:02
Thank you so much
Spurthi Kolipaka
01:52:33
Thank you for taking out time to answer our queries! Good luck with your ongoing research! Bye!
Mary Wambugu
01:53:00
Thank you everyone...very helpful session!
Jonathan Wilcox (University of Leeds)
01:54:35
I have to head out. Nice to meet you all. And good luck with your applications :-)
Madhumitha Rajendran
01:54:46
Thank you for sharing your experiences!
Jemma Phillips
01:54:51
Good luck all!
Georgia Hales
01:55:29
Thanks good luck everyone!
Hannah Robinson
01:55:36
Good luck everyone! And thank you for all your questions