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David Gwyn Jones

David Gwyn Jones

Tutor in Computer Science/ICT, Mathematics & (ESOL) English
DBA Candidate

Location Bulgaria



  • Well, I suppose we are all "strange" in our own way. :-)

    I did throw a smiley face at the end of my initial comment, so I had intended it to be seen as a quite tongue-in-cheek contribution.

    Personally, I was something of a marketeer in my past career, so, as a copywriter and Google AdWords expert, I am rather fond of marketing in general, and direct...

  • Sorry to hear of your news, I imagine it is quite a challenging time for you. I wish you luck with the "new beginnings". I personally found doing FL courses was an interesting distraction during the Covid Crisis.

    So, 150 certificates later, I'm a bit of an FL wizz... but it's probably time that I should be looking at getting my teaching job back! :-) I...

  • 5.

    This Economist article "The disposable academic" is even more discouraging, and is even subtitled "Why doing a PhD is often a waste of time"!

    It's paywalled, but it's worth finding/reading:

    "One thing many PhD students have in common is dissatisfaction. Some describe...

  • 4.

    I looked online for "average time to complete PhD", which came up with this link, and these shocking stats: 8.2 years! And only 57% of students get their PhD within 10 years of starting!

    This article is even more depressing (but better written) than my posts, so I think could be useful reading for the PhD optimists among us!...

  • 3.

    Now, I'm a member of Mensa, and I have 3 master's degrees, so it grieves me greatly to say that I suck too bad to get a PhD. :-)

    But, as I learned from my Oxford experience, many of us have an overly rosy view of the PhD journey, and the rewards at the end of it.

    The above Dean wouldn't be a Dean without it. But the rest of us... mehh, not so...

  • 2.

    So, specifically... I made one great friend while at Oxford. Got a 1st from LSE, had genuine academic potential. But he then took nearly 10 years to finish his PhD, and, maybe, published a couple of times based on it. It was a good thesis... and he did a little contract work ("Associate Lecturer")... but he never got "proper" university offers (due to...

  • 1.
    Afff... 80,000 words? Doesn't the thought of that make you want to curl up in a ball and watch Netflix? I know I always get a horrible sinking feeling when I think about writing 300 pages... of something that isn't a best-selling novel. :-)

    Apart from that, the reality is that your PhD will typically take far longer than the "3 years" headline time,...

  • Oh, indeed, I agree. That's a very decent summary of a business plan!

  • Greetings to The Left Bank Gang!

    Are you checking in?

    Have you figured out why certificates are not being issued for any of the four courses listed?

  • Just FYI... the module certificates are not being issued automatically upon completion.

  • Plenty of info, well done!

    Good effort for your first FutureLearn courses.

    But... transcripts lack formatting... no quiz at end of 4th course... no assessment ("test" in FL-speak) for any course... and I did not receive any of the 4 individual course certificates ("Certificate of Achievement" in FL-speak).

  • “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.” This was in the bad old days before digital marketing. Now, you're doing something wrong if you're wasting money.

  • "Formerly" not "formally".

  • Another horrible transcript, please use some formatting!

  • "Spider Charts" are quite a nice way of visually comparing your product and your competition in terms of key characteristics.

  • My client asks me to change the objective to increase online orders by 500% over next six months...

    Me: "500%?! Are you on drugs?!"

  • That is a horrible transcript... maybe some formatting might help?

  • Conversation between Alice and The Cheshire Cat...

    A: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?

    TCC: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.

    A: I don't much care where.

    TCC: Then it doesn't much matter which way you go.

  • No assessment... and no certificates!

  • Or: "Everyday Low Pricing" (EDLP).

  • 7 Eleven coffee strategy: "loss leader" to generate "footfall" from a popular product and hence additional sales of more profitable products.

  • The "Lean Startup" is quite interesting on this area, and describes it as validating "problem-solution fit" and "market-solution fit".