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Daniel Fulton

Daniel Fulton

Dr Daniel Fulton
University of Birmingham
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

Eric Kandel. Kandel’s research into synaptic plasticity and memory formation in the sea mollusc Aplysia inspired me to study fundamental questions in neuroscience and, to do so using simplified in vitro / ex vivo models. I love the reductionist approach!

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

Detail-oriented, supportive, inclusive

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

I am active in the lab and take responsibility for initial technical training, progressing to more independence as the PhD develops

Progression monitoring and management:

After your initial training I expect you to take full ownership of the project management. We will set goals, timelines for these, and monitor progress collaboratively.

Communication:

My team communicate through a mixture of channels including email, WhatsApp and Evernote. I try to keep WhatsApp communications to work days. I am always happy to discuss any issues that are impacting your ability to fulfil your potential or my/our expectations.

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 per fortnight

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