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Professor Andrew Devitt

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Professor Andrew Devitt
University of Aston
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

Student-centred development through discussion, collaboration, guidance and demonstration.

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

Training is always available and provided by the most appropriate, skilled colleague. In practice this includes training from me, post-docs and experienced PhD students as well as collaborators within our local labs. As time progresses, you will take more responsibility for the development of methods but always with discussion and support. In the early days of your PhD, this training will mean that you are around in the lab during the day but as you become more experienced, you have the freedom to organise your work schedule as appropriate to the needs of the experiment and other commitments.

Progression monitoring and management:

Through weekly timetabled meeting and additional informal meetings, we will discuss progress and project management. In the early days, this will involve more input from me but as your experience and skills increase, you will take more and more responsibility for project management. However, I will always be there for support, discussion and additional guidance.

Communication:

Work-Life balance is important, and I will support you in trying to achieve this. Our communications will mostly be face to face, in person through an Open Door policy and through regular meetings. We use a TEAMs channel for routine communications within the group. I’m also available and happy for additional support as required and developing early career scientists is a responsibility I take seriously.

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

At least once a month

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 1 week’s notice to provide feedback on written work of up to 5000 words.