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Alexander Darlington

Alex Darlington

Dr Alexander Darlington
University of Warwick
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

outcome-oriented , supportive, student-centred.

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

I am happy to take responsibility for your technical training at first, but I will support you to act independently throughout your PhD giving you space to figure out appropriate methods and changes to methodology.

Progression monitoring and management:

I acknowledge that everyone develops at their own rate and all I ask for is enthusiasm for your work. I will ask that you to take full ownership of your progress through both your research and PhD training programme. But I don’t expect you to do it alone, you can come to me when you need help troubleshooting. We will set goals together and I am here for advice and guidance to help you meet these goals

Communication:

I am happy to discuss all issues that may impact your ability to fulfil your potential throughout your PhD. I may email my team at all hours of the day and night, but I do not expect you to do the same. This working pattern suites me but I send the emails only expecting a response when you are at work.

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

I will run all group meetings monthly.

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

In year one we can arrange ad hoc discussions as needed but will formally meet to discuss results and assess progress once per fortnight. We will timetable these and prioritise them.

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

We will have time tabled meetings periodically (depending on your confidence and independence, between once a fortnight and once a month). We can arrange other meetings as needed.

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

We will have time tabled meetings once a month and arrange other meetings as needed.

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

A mixture of face to face or via video chat or telephone.

Open door policy?

Yes, I am usually contactable by email for a quick response every working day.

My expectation of PhD student working patterns?

The timing of work in my lab is completely flexible, and (other than attending pre-arranged meetings), I expect students to manage their own time.

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

I prefer to provide feedback as writing progresses but need at least a week’s notice to provide comprehensive feedback on written work of up to 5000 words.