Professor Constanze Bonifer
University of Birmingham
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?
I have always been inspired by scientists that think outside of the box, come up with projects that nobody else does and take the next step
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?
Supportive, collaborative and inclusive, outcome orientated, organised and guiding. Our research is a team effort, and I make sure that every team member understand this.
In one or two sentences please describe your strategies regarding the following.
Provision of training:
Your practical training will be supervised predominantly by my experienced post docs/PhD students while I will be responsible for you academic training, including knowing the literature, writing reports, presenting your work in front of others. Me and the rest of the team will be help you trouble-shoot if experiments go wrong.
Progression monitoring and management:
I like to be kept up to date, and will expect to see evidence of method development/data generation results on a weekly basis. I will set out my expectations of your progression on a monthly basis and we will formally meet once a month. If these progression criteria are not met we will always discuss a plan of action together. I have high expectations and will push you to your full potential.
I am known to email my team/PhD students at all hours of the day and night, however I will not expect you to do the same. I will speak to you regularly in person and will ask you how things are going. Whilst I expect you to keep up with my/ team communications I will expect you to manage your work/life balance. However, I am happy to discuss any issues that are impacting your ability to fulfil your potential or my expectations.
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 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?
Certain tasks in my lab need to occur at set times, and students need to be able to commit to a timetable shared with other members of the team.
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.