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Professor Bettina Wolf

Professor Bettina Wolf

Professor Bettina Wolf
University of Birmingham
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

I am a hands-on supervisor, getting excited about new data and research hypotheses. I do my best to support PhD students to become increasingly independent researchers.

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

Our group has a structured approach to training, provided by postdocs and PhD students, from general use of the laboratory to processing and measurement equipment. Training needs, including general skills training, identified by the student or the supervisor, are discussed in supervisory meetings.  

Progression monitoring and management:

I expect you to work largely independent but also to seek advice and guidance when you encounter difficulties in your research.

Communication:

I tend to use email; quite spontaneously and also outside normal working hours. There is no expectation of a reply, and I don’t promise to reply to messages received outside normal working hours. I welcome spontaneous meetings when I am in the office or the communal area. I am happy to discuss any issues that are impacting your ability to fulfil your potential or meet your/my/our expectations.

How often do your PhD students see you in a timetabled group meeting?

At least once a month

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 month

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?

Face to face (if allowed under current health and safety advice)

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.