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Dr Andrew Nelson

Andrew Nelson

Dr Andrew Nelson
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 prefer to take responsibility for your technical training at first, while working out what level of supervision and training is needed. I then like to adapt and optimise the training and supervision arrangements to our mutual satisfaction, while encouraging increasing independence.

Progression monitoring and management:

I offer weekly 1-to-1 progress meetings outside of group meetings, but happily tailor frequency of meetings to the needs and independence of the student. I like to see evidence of method development/data generation/analysis/conceptual advance in scheduled meetings, so we can agree professional development objectives and action plans.

Communication:

I am known to respond to emails/messages from my team/PhD students at all hours of the day and night, however, I will not expect you to do the same. I am happy to discuss any issues that are impacting your ability to fulfil your potential.

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.