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Dr Christopher O'Shea

Dr Christopher O'Shea

Dr Christopher O'Shea
University of Birmingham
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

Laid-back, student-centred, goal-driven

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

I will initially support computational and experimental training as much as possible when required, especially early in the project, leading to independence in the required techniques later in the project. Once you have a foundational understanding of the techniques, you will be encouraged to figure out appropriate methods and changes to methodology independently (guided by discussion with supervisors and other team members), especially for computational work where new ideas/approaches can easily be trialled.

Progression monitoring and management:

I will look to collaboratively set out expectations of your progression on a weekly/monthly basis. If these progression criteria are not met, we will always discuss a plan of action together. I am here for advice and guidance to help you reach your goals. I would like to be kept up to date and see evidence of method development/data generation results in weekly/fortnightly meetings.

Communication:

I sometimes work flexibility and therefore may send emails outside normal working hours, however, do not expect the same. I am happy to discuss any issues that are impacting your ability to fulfil your potential or my/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 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?

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.