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Dr Alex Wadley

Dr Alex Wadley

Dr Alex Wadley
University of Birmingham
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

Supportive, goal-driven and student-centred.

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

I will take responsibility for your technical training at first, leading to more independence as the PhD develops. There are specific mandatory training sessions that will need to be undertaken by staff both within (e.g. facility leads for flow cytometers) and outside the University (e.g. venepuncture course).

Progression monitoring and management:

We will set objectives for your progression on a weekly basis. If these progression criteria are not met we can discuss a plan of action together so that it suits your development accordingly.

Communication:

We will adopt a communication style that suits your lifestyle and working patterns. I believe that work-life balance is critical. I am happy to discuss any issues that are affecting 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 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 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 fortnight

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