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Dr Christopher Green

Christopher Green

Dr Christopher Green
University of Birmingham
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

“An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.” Niels Bohr.

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

Keen to invest in people and keep focus on research that addresses ‘what matters’.

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

I would want the PhD student to be embedded with the wider research group to develop that wider understanding of how a problem often needs several solutions. I am also keen that this PhD develops the individual towards his/her personal goals. For example, it is important to me that research has a clear way to change the world in the positive way. PhD students would be given regular supervision 1:1 and helped with establishing a plan/roadmap towards completing both the PhD and associated posters, conference presentations and scientific publications.

Progression monitoring and management:

I am always contactable and there will be a plan for completion of certain milestones throughout the PhD to keep oversight of progression. I always aim to publish papers throughout the life of the PhD (not left to the end) as a way of preparing students for making the most of opportunities immediately after PhD submission and as an unequivocal demonstration of progress. I expect students to have ownership of their project, with support from supervisors and the wider team as necessary.

Communication:

I am a clinical academic, meaning my availability may mean we need to communicate by phone/email at short notice. I try to respect the work/life boundaries of my students as much as possible. We will have regular 1:1 sessions in the diary as well as the range of regular meetings across the research team. I prefer to ‘know’ rather than ‘not know’ about aby concerns or problems so that we can work on solutions together.

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 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 fortnight

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 – priority given to face-to-face

Open door policy?

Yes, but my pattern of being contactable for an instant response is not predictable.

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.