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Dr Corinne Smith

Dr Corinne Smith
Dr Corinne Smith
University of Warwick
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

My scientific inspiration comes from the pioneering ethos of the lab in which I did my own PhD, summed up by the ambition to identify the key, ‘killer’ experiment and use enterprise, imagination and courage in equal measure to carry it out.

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

Supportive, collaborative and inclusive.

In the words of Sandy Schmid, who is another of my research heroes: ‘I try to create a laboratory environment in which everyone can be as successful as their own skills and efforts allow, in whatever direction their passion takes them.’

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

I will support and advise you throughout your PhD. Your technical training will be supervised initially by my experienced post docs/PhD students. Once you are confident in the basic techniques, I will expect you to proactively seek out the training you need to develop your project and become an independent scientist.

Progression monitoring and management:

We will discuss your progression on a weekly basis, taking into account your training requirements and career aspirations. If I have concerns about your progress we will always discuss a plan of action together.

Communication:

We communicate both formally through regular group meetings and informally via WhatsApp, e-mails and popping into my office.

I am always happy to discuss any issues that are impacting your ability to fulfil your potential and obtain a high quality PhD.

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 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)

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 usually 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.