Question re first PhD supervisor meeting Watch

daveeboy
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Hi,

This may sound like an odd question, but I just wanted to check I'm not doing something wrong regarding a first meeting I'm about to have with my PhD supervisors – the question is, is it okay to discuss feedback from other applications with them at all?

I know it sounds weird, but I'm not sure if it would be deemed a no-no.

Just to give you some background as to why I'm asking, I generally had reasonably okay / good feedback on my research proposal, but one supervisor I spoke to pulled it apart and told me it was a rp, but not a PhD rp. He said it lacked an epistemological / ontological stance and many aspects of the research question and anticipated contribution weren't the purpose of a PhD. I changed it up significantly, but still got rejected by the university he was at.

Naturally, this is on my mind in advance of starting my PhD proper and I'd like to discuss it with my actual supervisors, but don't know if I should only be discussing the proposal I submitted to them (which wasn't the version I changed for the other supervisor)?

Any advice is appreciated!

Thanks.
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It's perfectly reasonable to ask if they think the proposal lacks an epistemological / ontological stance, but I wouldn't necessarily do it in the first meeting. Let them lead the agenda in the first meeting and work through criticisms slowly through the first and second terms.
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Thank you!
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