The great big doctoral application progress thread for 2024

Discuss applications to the clearing house (and to courses that are not in the clearing house system), screening assessments, interviews, reserve lists, places, etc. here
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The great big doctoral application progress thread for 2024

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Following the usual tradition this is your space to record your progress for 2024!

This is the single thread in which you can post about hearing from courses, interview dates and your progress in the application process. Please do not post elsewhere on the forum, as we don't want to flood the rest of the content or make it impossible for users who are not part of this process to see when other topics are updated.

How to use this thread

Please post the names of the courses you have applied to, indicating whether you are self-funding, and using the colour code below to indicate your stage and outcomes.

BLACK for courses you haven't heard from yet (this includes courses where you have been invited for an assessment task as these tasks for part of the shortlisting process before any decisions are taken about whether or not to invite you for interview
RED for no interview
ORANGE for reserve list interview
GREEN for interview
BROWN for an unsuccessful outcome after interview
CYAN for reserve list place
BLUE for offered place

Mark any self funding places with (self funding) after the location, to save anxiety for other forum members as these do not run on the same timetable as the competition for funded places.

Use regular black text to show a course which you have applied to, but haven't heard from yet (as the deadline for notification of interviews isn't until mid March). Once you get any more news, simply re-post your updates (with new colours) on this thread.

Since the selection tests are a replacement for paper sift shortlisting, there is not a colour for being invited to sit one of these, since the equivalent status for a non-assessment-test-using course is "application is with the shortlisters". You can note that you've been invited to selection by using bold, or if you have been informed you are not invited to sit the test then feel free to post that course in RED, as it was an unsuccessful application to that course. After the selection test results are out, please update with interview reserve, interview, or no interview when you hear the outcome.

Good luck everyone!

Remember: Do not post off-topic conversation or questions in this thread. You can post once to show where you have applied, but after that please wait to post when you have an update to report.

And finally, a sensible note from spatch:
A plea to folks on this thread. It's really helpful to see people who get interviews, but probably moreso when people post that they haven't. The process is notorious for making really good, capable candidates feel devalued, and people are often left alone with that feeling. Often family members, friends and peers not privy to the process don't really understand the levels of competition and what is involved. Hearing you are not alone is incredibly important so people don't internalise rejection and are able to see equally capable people struggling on this pathway. I know it's often validating to post successes and to keep quiet and lick your wounds when things haven't worked out, but please do post reds and browns as much as any other colour for that reason.

I wrote this open letter to rejectees in 2014 (which is scarily now 8 years ago) viewt ... 8&start=15 and I still stand by what I wrote back then and hope it brings comfort to someone. At selection for interview the gap between success and failure is so thin, I am now in the situation of actually hiring qualifieds for permanent posts being fully aware I was involved in rejecting them for a particular training course when they applied for training. As time moves on, I am aware I feel less and less certain about things, and more about the importance of applying compassion to this difficult and opaque process.

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Very happy to have the forum to share this experience. Something about anxiety shared, hopefully lessened?
2nd year applying, last year was offered an interview and withdrew for personal reasons (that was a very harrowing decision).
UEA UEA
Royal Holloway
East London
Coventry and Warwick


Good luck everyone!!
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2nd year applying - last year got one reserve interview spot. Feeling quite anxious. Good luck everyone!

UEL
Salomons

KCL
UCL
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First year applying, did the application in a rush whilst newborn baby sleeping (currently on mat leave). :lol:

Oxford
Glasgow
Edinburgh
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Post by ReflectivePsyche »

First time applying and expect rejections given my woefully inadequate time commitment to my application, but miracles happen! Good luck everyone.

KCL
UCL
Royal Holloway
University of Surrey
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Second time applying
UEA -- UEA Gutted about this as got a reserve list place last year
Leicester
Southampton
Plymouth
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Post by Fenella »

First time applicant here!

UCL
KCL
Royal Holloway
Hertfordshire
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Post by Coxysmelons93 »

2020 entry (Practice run):
Bangor
Manchester
Lancaster
Plymouth

2022 entry (First serious application):
Bangor
Liverpool
South Wales
Leeds

2023 entry:
Liverpool
Staffordshire
South Wales
Leeds

2024 entry:
Manchester
Lancaster
Staffordshire
Leeds
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First year applying!

Surrey
UCL
Royal Holloway
Southampton
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Post by mememel »

Hi everyone, best of luck and look after yourselves especially during the next few months!

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Leeds
Trent programme
Birmingham
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Post by muck33duck »

2nd time applying, not sure why hearing "reserve" fills me with so much dread! Probably related to getting on the reserve list after 1st ever interview quite early on in the process last year and the horrible wait until deadline day. Anyway, best of luck folks.

2023:
Herts
UEL, (after assessments)
UCL
Coventry & Warwick, (after reserve list)

2024:
Herts
UCL
Coventry & Warwick
UEA
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Post by gakk »

Long time forum lurker and 3rd year applying, first serious application. Best of luck to everyone!

2023:
Southampton
Oxford
Bath
South Wales


2024:
Southampton
Oxford
Bath
Exeter
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Post by HuxleyHound »

First year applying for me after a number of years feeling like I wasn't ready to apply. I've lurked on this forum for a long time, so feels weird to be finally posting, but I think it's helpful to see the highs and lows of the application process for everyone. Good luck all!

Teeside
Lancaster
Staffordshire

Bath
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Post by Natbee »

Hi all,

Trent
Leicester


Good luck everyone
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Re: The great big doctoral application progress thread for 2024

Post by simonl25 »

simonl25 wrote: Wed Feb 21, 2024 7:01 pm 2nd year applying - last year got one reserve interview spot. Feeling quite anxious. Good luck everyone!

UEL
Salomons
KCL
UCL
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