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Dr Aneika Leney

Dr Aneika Leney

Dr Aneika Leney
University of Birmingham
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

Hands-on, creative, organised.

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

I provide students hands-on training on equipment myself currently. The mass spectrometers we use are worth up to £1.2 million so it’s important everyone in the lab is trained well to avoid breaking them! National/International conference attendance is also important in my group to ensure students learn from the best scientists from around the world.

Progression monitoring and management:

I am in regular contact with PhD students. I use a very hands-on approach initially until the student is happy and confident generating his/her own data. I do not like to see students ‘going down a rabbit hole’. However, sometimes mistakes have to be made to learn best. If equipment never breaks, you will never know how to fix it and how it truly works.

Communication:

I am always keen to hear about successes in the lab, however small they may seem. Though sometimes science does not go to plan. In these cases, I am equally happy to discuss this with students and find solutions.

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?

Work in my lab requires being present on site during the core hours of 9am-5pm Monday-Fridays (or a subset if working part time).

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.