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Dr Carmel Mevorach

Dr Carmel Mevorach

Dr Carmel Mevorach
University of Birmingham
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

The late Prof Glyn Humphreys
I think he always remembered what is important and what isn’t…

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

I’m a proud dad – my ultimate goal is for my students to grow and become smarter and more knowledgeable than I am and to maintain in the process the sparkle in their eye. No pain no gain though…

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

I prefer to take responsibility for your technical training only at first, leading to more independence later. Ideally during the process it becomes a 2-way exchange. But importantly, the Centre of Human Brain Health has a hugely collaborative ethos and atmosphere and students learn from others all the time.

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 do like to push my students to their full potential. Having said that, pursuing a PhD always has its challenges and we will discuss a plan of action together to overcome these challenges when needed.

Communication:

The lab has an MS Teams group we use for lab work and communication. Whilst I expect you to keep up with these communications I will also expect (and urge) you to maintain a healthy work/life balance.

I am also happy to discuss any issues that are impacting your ability to fulfil your potential or our 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 week

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 week

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 week

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 2 week’s notice to provide feedback on written work of up to 5000 words.