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Professor Bruno Frenguelli

Professor Bruno Frenguelli

Professor Bruno Frenguelli
University of Warwick
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

I watched a lot of science telly as a kid (eg Horizon, Connections, Cosmos, Life on Earth, Sky at Night, RoyaI Institution Xmas Lectures, The Body in Question, The Mind Machine), so I guess the presenters especially Carl Sagan (Cosmos), Colin Blakemore (The Mind Machine), Jonathan Miller (The Body in Question) and David Attenborough (Life on Earth) were major sources of inspiration.

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

supportive, outcome-oriented, inclusive

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

Depending on the availability of experienced lab members, I will take responsibility for your technical training at first, leading to more independence and the opportunity to demonstrate technical and intellectual initiative as the project progresses.

Progression monitoring and management:

I like to be kept up to date with project developments and will expect to see evidence of technical competency and experimental results on a weekly basis, at least initially. This is to ensure that the project gets off to a good start and remains on the track that we both agree on.

Communication:

I prefer face-to-face communication, in person or over Teams/Zoom, but will use emails, including out-with typical working hours, to communicate with lab members, especially if a message needs to go to several people.

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?

Ideally 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?

Ideally 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?

Ideally 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 a prompt response (if required) on every working day and at weekends. Sometimes this may not be possible if I’m away, but I do try to respond promptly.

My expectation of PhD student working patterns?

Much of the work in my lab requires being present in the laboratory during the core hours of the day. This is in order to make best use of experimental tissue, the sharing of experimental and data analysis practice, and to have access to me and other lab members. Working form home is possible, eg on data analysis or writing, but apart from the final PhD thesis, much of this is best done on site so that any queries that arise can be addressed promptly.

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

Since I have competing teaching and admin pressures on my time (as do all other academics), ideally material should be submitted the sooner before a deadline the better to allow me time to read the material, discuss this with you and revisions made prior to any deadline. As a ballpark, at least 2 week’s notice before a deadline to provide feedback on written work of up to 5000 words.