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Dr Philip Ash

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Dr Philip Ash
University of Leicester

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

Supportive, detail-oriented, collaborative

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

Initial training will be carried out by myself, sometimes in collaboration with other experienced group members. You will then become more independent, and take the lead in carrying out method development and refinement.

Progression monitoring and management:

We will discuss goals regularly and review technical developments and results in detail every two weeks (or as appropriate), in addition to our normal day-to-day interactions in the lab.

Communication:

I do occasionally send emails over evenings and weekends, but do not expect a response. We will occasionally undertake experiments at national facilities, where some evening/weekend working is required, but I strongly support taking time off to mitigate/recover! Work-life balance is important, and you should feel free to manage this in a way that works for you.

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 month

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

What 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 completely flexible, and (other than attending pre-arranged meetings), I expect students to manage their own 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.