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PhD at MechEng

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Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)

I have been working at Imperial College London full-time

Pros

Flexible working hours, nice and fruitful environment, plenty of equipment and support available to use

Cons

Salary is low for he London area, refurbishment of labs has been badly executed - successive and ongoing issues in setting or installing experiments cause minor to severe delays

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Increase salaries for PhD students as they can barely cope in the London area, be harder on your refurbishment or other subcontractors when they fail to delivery what they have promised for in advance instead of having your staff and students suffer

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    Research experience at Imperial College

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Imperial College London full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good to know international researchers

    Cons

    Not very much independent. Not much career progress.

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    PhD at Mechanical Engineering

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    1) There is no need to take Master's course compared to US universities, thus saving time and going straight into PhD research work.
    2) College has an upper limit of 4 years to finish, but hardly enforced and open to abuse.

    Cons

    1) International fees are exorbitant, given the lack of proper equipment and support. Better off in USA. Same price, better facilities.
    2) Discrimination is rampant. International students are given inadequate resources to do quality research, compared to EU students.
    3) International students are treated as free labour for projects instead of having the resources to do the research topics that they are interested in. They should not be involved in unrelated projects as their expenses are high.
    4) Lack of adequate lab space and facilities have actually led to many students quitting halfway to get on with life.
    5) Supervisors need to stick to the 4 year limit, and College is not enforcing it, hence giving supervisors free rein to abuse the system to milk the most benefits. International students have to pay 20,000 for tuition fees, and hundreds for every visa renewal (at least one renewal required if he/she takes 4 years to finish), and should not be delayed under any circumstances. Supervisors should have their funding cut to pay for any expenses incurred as a result of delays, fees inclusive. Would recommend potential students to look elsewhere.
    6) There have been cases of complaints about delays in finishing PhD and lack of proper support, yet nothing has been done, and often, students are left stuck in situations where they cannot do any work to finish on time.
    7) Lab safety is a serious problem. Infrastructure was not installed appropriately to ensure the safety of students working in the labs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Harsh punitive measures to cut funding for those supervisors who fail to release their students on time, and compensate students appropriately. The loss of income and opportunity costs is significant.
    2) Stern warnings to technical staff who do not provide adequate support to facilitate the timely delivery of research work. Fire incompetent people because the financial resources are seriously limited to the extent that serious delays can be caused by amateur mistakes.
    3) Enforce and ensure that all students have more than one supervisor so that they can prevent each other from making decisions at the expense of students' progress. A thesis committee should be made mandatory to ensure that students are released to write up when they have produced sufficient research work to qualify for a PhD, instead of allowing supervisors to keep them for personal gain.

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