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Craig Thompson

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

Discussion-based, supportive, goal-orientated

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

I aim to provide a structured first year of experiments. This allows you to become comfortable in the lab and data analysis, learn established techniques and explore the literature. During this time, it’s important to discuss and question the literature, and develop your own ideas. This allows you in second and third years in the group to take more control over the direction of your project. I set aside one hour a week to meet each student, which can be used to discuss your project or any other concerns you might have. I also have an open-door policy if discussions or input is needed outside that hour. My aim is to help you become a highly capable independent scientist able to question the literature and address problems in a scientific and logical manner. We will also focus on other aims such as assembling a thesis and publishing your work as well as the next step(s) in your career.

Progression monitoring and management:

Weekly one-to-one meetings, weekly lab meetings and biweekly lab discussions of papers and scientific concepts allow me to monitor your progress. We will have clear milestones throughout the project to provide you with a focus and an idea of the timeframes involved.

Communication:

I find that regular weekly face-to-face meetings are the best way to communicate. We also have lab meetings and lab discussions, which involve the whole team. Our team also has an active WhatsApp group chat which we use to regularly communicate during the week and weekends if needed. Whilst I expect you to keep up with team communications, I will also expect you to manage your work/life balance. No responses are expected at weekends to emails or Whatsapp messages but they are expected during the working week.

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 and via video chat.

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?

Work in my lab requires being present on site during the core hours of 10:00-4:00pm.

Notice for feedback (e.g. on reports, manuscript drafts, thesis chapters)?

I need at least 2 weeks notice to provide feedback on written work of up to 5000 words.