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Dr Dan Ma

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Dr Dan Ma
University of Aston
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

Supportive, goal-driven and collaborative

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

I will support and advise you throughout your PhD. I will take responsibility for your technical training at first, leading to more independence later. Training from other members of the laboratory will also be available. Training for professional skills and data interpretation/management are already in place, and further help and advice will always be available.

Progression monitoring and management:

At beginning I will set out my expectations of your progression on a weekly or monthly basis, then I will lead you to gradually take full ownership of the project as you progress, becoming more independent. I will formally meet with you at least once in 1-2 weeks. I would also like you to develop your own thinking in research goals and written work. I will always be available to you for advice or guidance on your professional goals in the role and offer help as required.

Communication:

A good communication is important to optimizing the effectiveness of the student-supervisor teamwork. I am happy to make myself available to you as required. We communicate both formally through regular meetings face-to-face or online conference call as appropriate, and informally via WhatsApp, e-mails or popping into my office. The team has a WhatsApp group chat with which we regularly communicate during the week and weekends.

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

At least once per fortnight

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 month

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 happy to be 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 normally flexible, (other than attending pre-arranged meetings), I expect students to manage their own time depending on the experiments.

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