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Craig Hedge

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Dr Craig Hedge
University of Aston
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

Laid-back, supportive, understanding

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

I prefer to take responsibility for your technical training at first, leading to more independence later. It is good to try to find solutions to things yourself, but I encourage my students to discuss things and ask for help when needed.

Progression monitoring and management:

I expect to be kept up to date more regularly in the early stages, where we might set priorities on a weekly/monthly basis. In the later stages I will expect you to take full ownership of your progression but come to me when you need help troubleshooting. I know that the rate of progression can vary and that learning a new technique can take time.

Communication:

I am happy to discuss any issues that are impacting your ability to fulfil your potential or my/our expectations. I think it is important to maintain a work/life balance and am open to establishing a mode of communication that suits us both.

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 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?

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.