You are really lucky to have a great PhD supervisor. I wish I could find a good PhD supervisor as yours if possible.
(Original post by Jake22)
I was thinking the same thing...
Seriously, this kind of thing actually pisses me right off. Without knowing the exact situation, I can at least say that it is usually the case that an academic gets credit for supervising PhDs that is counted against the lecturing/other teaching responsibilities that they have as part of their position. This means that it is part of their job that they are being handsomely compensated for and to do it in such a lacksadaisical and unprofessional manner is frankly, a bit of a travesty.
I am lucky that I have a PhD supervisor who actually goes beyond the call of what could be reasonably expected from it since he is just quite keen to have students and generally makes himself available to people who want to talk about our subject. In fact, he is even working with a PhD student from another department who has a supervisor like the one mentioned above who essentially abandoned him. That said though, each supervisor has at least a minimum responsibility and if they aren't making the grade, they should be brought up on it instead of being left to be what is essentially negligent in their duties.
Last edited by CrestedIbis; 30-06-2012 at 06:02.
Reason: to make my points clear
The term 'areas' itself is rather vague don't you think? My previous supervisor has a knowledge in Image Processing, specifically in segmentation of characters in old text. Now, Image Processing overlaps greatly with Signal Processing but my supervisor has no real experience dealing with them, especially on a specific Signals topic, so we can't discuss much on it. So my supervisor asked me to consult other Professors for further discussion.
(Original post by sj27)
Surely many areas overlap? Someone doing a political economy focus for example may find appropriate supervisors within both politics and economics departments, I presume there are a number of areas where maths could overlap with, etc?
Now, since this is a PhD, I presume, the particular person is working in a very specific area, hence that's why I asked the poster.
Last edited by kka25; 30-06-2012 at 20:30.