I’ve just got a Word document attached to an email saying:
“I am writing to thank you for your application for the Doctoral Studentship associated with this research project. I regret to tell you that we do not feel able to place you on the shortlist for this position. I thank you, nervertheless, [sic] for your interest and wish you every success in your future academic career.”
It’s not on a University of Oxford letterhead, and looks as if it was knocked up in about five minutes in Word. They didn’t bother to separately acknowledge receipt of my application either.
So I’m not good enough for Oxford and Manchester hasn’t got back to me about funding for the other PhD, which I presume isn’t going to happen. I must be really rubbish if they can’t even be bothered to interview me. I’m really upset too, as I genuinely thought I had a chance at this, what with it being in my two areas of interest/expertise. 🙁
Ah well, I suppose I will be staying in Manchester and attempting to get a job like everyone else. I guess this means I can continue doing FoE stuff and perhaps work on my business plans a bit more.