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Dr Doug Browning

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Dr Doug Browning
University of Aston
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

During my Ph.D. and postdoc positions I spent a lot of time reading papers by many of the greats in microbiology, molecular biology and biochemistry, for example Dale Kaiser, Dick Burgess and Venki Ramakrishnan. In many ways their research was important for my development as a scientist, and it was great to meet these scientists at conference and hear the enthusiasm with which they talk about their science.

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

Enthusiastic, supportive and collaborative.

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

I prefer to take responsibility for your technical training at first, leading to more independence later. As you develop as a scientist you will more and more be able to choose the direction that your project will take, focussing of things that you find really interesting and are passionate about. 

Progression monitoring and management:

I like to be kept up to date, and I will set out my expectations of your progression on a monthly basis. I am here for advice and guidance to help you reach the goals and we will always have time to discuss a plan of action together. 

Communication:

I am happy to discuss any issues that are impacting your ability to fulfil your potential or our expectations. I do email my team out of hours; however, I will not expect you to do the same. I believe it is important to have a good work/life balance

How often do your PhD students see you in a timetabled group meeting?

At least once a month 

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 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 a month (though more if required or requested) 

What form do your 1:1 meetings with PhD students take?

Face to face (if allowed under current health and safety advice) 

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.