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Professor Corine Spickett

Professor Corine Spickett

Professor Corine Spickett
Aston University
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

Prof Mike Murphy, MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit – he does fantastic fundamental science on redox stress in mitochondria that has broad biomedical implications while being amazingly unassuming (as well as funny).

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

Flexible, supportive but goal-orientated

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

I expect to be involved early on and give some hands-on training myself, but want you to develop your own skills progressively and take responsibility for your learning.

Progression monitoring and management:

I like to be kept up to date regularly with progress (science is exciting) and want you to come to me with good news as well as bad news.

Communication:

We use both Teams and email for communication. I send emails at all hours but don’t expect the same back, unless it’s in your best interests to reply (e.g. imminent paper submission deadline). However, if you have a problem and need help, you are always welcome to contact me, including by mobile.

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 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 month

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

My expectation of PhD student working patterns?

Certain tasks in my lab need to occur at set times, and students need to be able to commit to a rota/timetable shared with other members of the team. (I prefer you generally to be in core hours but it is not obligatory)

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 (but can cope with less in emergencies).