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Dr David Bending

Dr David Bending

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

Student-centred, inclusive and direct.

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

I prefer to take overall responsibility for your technical training at first, leading to more independence later. Your training will be supervised predominantly by my experienced post docs/PhD students, but I am also active in the lab so will also provide dedicated training in my areas of expertise

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 fortnightly basis. I typically meet 1 on 1 every 1-2 weeks with members of my lab, and we also run weekly lab meetings.

Communication:

The team has a WhatsApp group chat with which we regularly communicate during the week and (sometimes weekends). Whilst I expect you to keep up with my/ team communications I will expect you to manage your work/life balance.

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)

5.6 Open door policy?

Yes, I am usually contactable for an instant response (if required) on every working day.

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.

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.