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Dr Andre Pires da Silva

Dr Andre Pires da Silva

Dr Andre Pires da Silva
University of Warwick
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

Charles Darwin and Sydney Brenner, for their curiosity about the natural world.

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

Freedom to explore, collaborative.

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

Technical aspects of your training will be supervised predominantly by my experienced post docs/PhD students, with additional inputs from me.

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 like to be kept up to date, and will expect to see evidence of method development/data generation results on a weekly basis.

Communication:

The team has a WhatsApp group chat with which we regularly communicate during the week and weekends. Whilst I expect you to keep up with my/ team communications I will expect you to manage your work/life balance.

I talk in person with every person of the lab at least three times a week.

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?

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 2 week’s notice to provide feedback on written work of up to 5000 words.