PhD Student | doctor's note , MH, department or supervisors?

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I'm at a uni with a college system so I provide this information to both my college and department, am i able to keep it discreet from my supervisor's for the time-being? until I feel /when/if I feel I need to make them aware?

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It's not entirely clear what the information is about, but I would have expected your supervisor(s) in a PhD would be the most important person to flag any potential issues that would in e.g. undergraduate or taught postgrad courses constitute extenuating circumstances, so as to be able to discuss how to best manage them in the scope of the PhD and what options you have if that isn't feasible?

Unless it is specifically about them, in which case that's a pretty big red flag for continuing with them in your PhD as you need a good supervisor relationship to start with!

The_Lonely_Goatherd might be able to offer more advice though (and is familiar with at least one of those college based universities and associated issues that collegiate structure can create!)
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(Original post by artful_lounger)
It's not entirely clear what the information is about, but I would have expected your supervisor(s) in a PhD would be the most important person to flag any potential issues that would in e.g. undergraduate or taught postgrad courses constitute extenuating circumstances, so as to be able to discuss how to best manage them in the scope of the PhD and what options you have if that isn't feasible?

Unless it is specifically about them, in which case that's a pretty big red flag for continuing with them in your PhD as you need a good supervisor relationship to start with!

The_Lonely_Goatherd might be able to offer more advice though (and is familiar with at least one of those college based universities and associated issues that collegiate structure can create!)
This is very good advice. I'm not sure how advisable or practical it is to try and keep things hidden from your PhD supervisor, tbh. Especially in a college-based uni (and especially if you mean one of the Oxbridge lot). If it IS Oxbridge, I imagine things would go through the College's Senior Tutor (I dunno what they call them in Cambridge but that's what they call them in Oxford), so you could approach the Senior Tutor discreetly and ask whether it's possible to not disclose the info to your supervisor. As has been pointed out, though, that's not likely to be in your best interests though...
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This is very good advice. I'm not sure how advisable or practical it is to try and keep things hidden from your PhD supervisor, tbh. Especially in a college-based uni (and especially if you mean one of the Oxbridge lot). If it IS Oxbridge, I imagine things would go through the College's Senior Tutor (I dunno what they call them iyeh sible to not disclose the info to your supervisor. As has been pointed out, though, that's not likely to be in your best interests though...
yeh i suspected such replies as confused as to why that would be in my best interest- tbh, I feel OK right now, it's more about so there's a track record of what went on before, and I would no doubt discuss it with my supervisor's at some point, I just don't want to make a big deal about things right now, and just focus on the work tbh, that's all, maybe in a couple of months time or so when I feel like things are a bit calmed down and less busy I'd want to discuss.
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yeh i suspected such replies as confused as to why that would be in my best interest- tbh, I feel OK right now, it's more about so there's a track record of what went on before, and I would no doubt discuss it with my supervisor's at some point, I just don't want to make a big deal about things right now, and just focus on the work tbh, that's all, maybe in a couple of months time or so when I feel like things are a bit calmed down and less busy I'd want to discuss.
Are you registered with your uni's disability office? If so there should be a mechanism for them to be able to tell your College/Dept./supervisor about your mental health condition, with your explicit permission and without you having to do so. That might be easier to navigate than you telling certain people but actively not telling supervisor at the same time
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