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Dr Antonia Sagona

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Dr Antonia Sagona
University of Warwick
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

The Israeli Nobel Laureate Ada E. Yonath. I participated in the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting few years ago and I had the chance to meet her in person and listen to her talk. At the time I had just given birth to my second son and listening to her -who is an impressive scientist- to talk with so lovely words about her family, her daughter and grandchildren, I felt that it is possible to combine everything if you really want to. Great passion and love for what you do can help you achieve this. For me, for all these reasons, she is a role model and inspiration.

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

Outcome-oriented, supportive, understanding.

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, leading to more independence later.

Your training will be supervised further by my experienced post docs/PhD students.

Progression monitoring and management:

I will expect you to take full ownership of your progression but come to me when you need help troubleshooting.

I am here for advice and guidance to help you reach the goals you set for yourself.


I am known to email 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 or my/our expectations.

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 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 month

6What 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 for an instant response (if required) on every working day.

My expectation of PhD student working patterns?

The timing of work in my lab is flexible, and (other than attending pre-arranged meetings), I expect students to manage their own time. The work is lab based and therefore students need to come to the lab to perform experiments, in a flexible and efficient manner. I am always available to help the students the way they want. Some students wish to be more closely supervised and I am happy to support them on this. Other students wish to be more independent and I am happy with that as well. The important for me is to keep the focus of the project in place and to design carefully how we can translate the results into publications, which is very important for the PhD student’s future career.

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

I need at least 1 weeks’ notice to provide feedback on written work of up to 5000 words.