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Dr Csilla Várnai

Csilla Varnai

Dr Csilla Várnai
University of Birmingham
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

Goal-driven, detail-oriented, supportive.

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

From the beginning of your PhD I will expect you to work independently, figure out appropriate methods and changes to methodology. I will support you with the technical training necessary so that you can reach your full potential as an independent researcher.

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.

Communication:

I am a strong supporter of a good work-life balance, so I try to keep communication to within the working hours, except for special circumstances.

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