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7:34pm on Tuesday, 8th October, 2019:
One of my PhD students (hi, Joseph!) has submitted his PhD. The mighty university administrative machine immediately swung into action and sent him confirmation, thoughtfully CCing it to a completely different Professor Bartle (in the Government department) so I only eventually received it today.
The format is quite formal:
Student Registration Number
Number of copies
Free Hot Drink
What happens next
Tier 4 International Students
ATAS for International Students
Wait, wait, what was that back there? "Free Hot Drink"?
Yes indeed. This is what the section says: "Congratulations from the Students Union - Well done on submitting your thesis, have a free hot drink on us! Show your submission confirmation email to SU Reception and they will give you a voucher for a free hot drink at the SU Kitchen."
That's nice, but as incentives to submit go, I can't really see anyone thinking, "you know what, I may not really feel like writing up a 60,000-word thesis after 4 years of work, but if I get a free coffee, I'm going for it!"
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