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Waif888
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I am very near to submitting my PhD thesis, it needs to be in by July and it is virtually complete. I am happy with it. I have published several book chapters, given a number of papers and all seems well. But my supervisor will not read my work. To be honest I feel very let down by endless excuses. I don't even have a second supervisor as they were removed due to costs. I've had at least six different members of my supervisor team, due to retirements and unfortunate events (no disagreements). My department are dragging their heels with submission paperwork and if this carries on my course is going to run out of time with automatic failure. I am emailing chasers on a weekly basis and copying in heads of department, but nothing ever happens. Any advice on submitting with no one marking work? I can't even hire an independent tutor as time is so tight and the subject is really obscure. Has anyone else submitted without support? After seven years I might as well give it a shot and fail in style.
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I'm surprised at the automatic failure bit as that isn't typical. You will also need someone to sort out examiners as depending on uni rules your exam will be invalid if you have had contact with your examiners between submission and the exam. Is there a department head for grad students or equivalent at uni level? Maybe a grad students office? Even the SU will be able to advise/help. Give that you have published I'd imagine your work is more than up to scratch but going through this process without support is really not ideal.
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I am very near to submitting my PhD thesis, it needs to be in by July and it is virtually complete. I am happy with it. I have published several book chapters, given a number of papers and all seems well. But my supervisor will not read my work. To be honest I feel very let down by endless excuses. I don't even have a second supervisor as they were removed due to costs. I've had at least six different members of my supervisor team, due to retirements and unfortunate events (no disagreements). My department are dragging their heels with submission paperwork and if this carries on my course is going to run out of time with automatic failure. I am emailing chasers on a weekly basis and copying in heads of department, but nothing ever happens. Any advice on submitting with no one marking work? I can't even hire an independent tutor as time is so tight and the subject is really obscure. Has anyone else submitted without support? After seven years I might as well give it a shot and fail in style.
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(Original post by Waif888)
I am very near to submitting my PhD thesis, it needs to be in by July and it is virtually complete. I am happy with it. I have published several book chapters, given a number of papers and all seems well. But my supervisor will not read my work. To be honest I feel very let down by endless excuses. I don't even have a second supervisor as they were removed due to costs. I've had at least six different members of my supervisor team, due to retirements and unfortunate events (no disagreements). My department are dragging their heels with submission paperwork and if this carries on my course is going to run out of time with automatic failure. I am emailing chasers on a weekly basis and copying in heads of department, but nothing ever happens. Any advice on submitting with no one marking work? I can't even hire an independent tutor as time is so tight and the subject is really obscure. Has anyone else submitted without support? After seven years I might as well give it a shot and fail in style.
I'd echo all that alleycat393 says. It's very odd that your supervisor is proving so elusive. Have you demanded a face-to-face meeting with him/her? I think you need to!

Submitting without support is not an option, really. Even if you only get minor corrections, you're going to need your supervisor's support so you might as well get him/her on board now (and work out what's gone wrong in this academic relationship).
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You need to make calls, if necessary you need to wait for them outside of their offices.
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