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Dr Andy Lovering

Dr Andy Lovering
University of Birmingham

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

Encouraging, enthusiastic, aim to inspire

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

We aim to provide training that allows a full grasp of the path from gene to structure to function; students become proficient at structural biology, with additional skills that can be project-specific (e.g. assays for enzymatic projects, protein complexes for signalling projects, investigative biochemistry for projects of novel function).

Progression monitoring and management:

I expect the group to support, develop and converse as a team, and to take interest in the breadth of what we study. Management comes from me as team lead, and progression results from a combination of self-drive and co-operative decision making.

Communication:

This is largely at the students discretion, in the style that suits them best. As a group, we do a lot of idea/result discussion as informal conversation, and hold more standard one-on-one meetings if there is more intricate planning to be done. Science is ultimately a mixture of fun (new results) within the context of something more formal (student career progression), and we aim to keep a good balance throughout.

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

At least once per fortnight

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 fortnight

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 fortnight

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 fortnight

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 3 or 4 days per week.

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