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Dr Amanda K Chaplin

Dr Amanda K Chaplin

Dr Amanda K Chaplin
University of Leicester

Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

Dorothy Hodgkin is one of my scientific inspirations and was one of the important women who changed science. She is quoted to describe it as “Captured for life by chemistry and by crystals” and was essential to the advancement of X-ray crystallography. She believed in international scientific cooperation, world peace and the stories have heard about her gentle drive, determination and love for science has really inspired me as a research scientist.

In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

Supportive, science-driven and collaborative

In one or two sentences please describe your strategies regarding the following.
Provision of training:

I will take responsibility for your training at first until you become more independent. I will then continue to be available for continued discussion and guidance throughout your PhD.

Progression monitoring and management:

I will be available for regular advice and guidance and set out structured achievable goals within set time frames. I will assess and give feedback on your progression on a daily/weekly basis and keep up to date, whilst also allowing for independent ideas and methods. I will help with troubleshooting and will always discuss a plan together if data cannot easily be generated.

Communication:

I am always available for advice and discussions. Happy to have a one-to-one meeting on a weekly basis to check progress but also if problems/questions arise happy to discuss daily via email or face to face. I am also happy to discuss any issues impacting your ability to fulfil your potential but can also direct you to the relevant support.

How often do your PhD students see you in a timetabled group meeting?

At least once per week

In year 1 of PhD study, how often do your PhD students have a scheduled >30 minute 1:1 meeting with you?

At least once per week

In year 2 of PhD study, how often do your PhD students have a scheduled >30 minute 1:1 meeting with you?

At least once per week

In year 3 of PhD study, how often do your PhD students have a scheduled >30 minute 1:1 meeting with you?

At least once per week

What form do your 1:1 meetings with PhD students take?

Face to face (if allowed under current health and safety advice)

Open door policy?

Yes, I am usually contactable for an instant response (if required) on every working day.

My expectation of PhD student working patterns?

Certain tasks in my lab need to occur at set times, and students need to be able to commit to a rota/timetable shared with other members of the team.

Notice for feedback (e.g. on reports, manuscript drafts, thesis chapters)?

I need at least 2 week’s notice to provide feedback on written work of up to 5000 words.