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Professor David Twell

Professor David Twell

Professor David Twell
University of Leicester
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

Supportive, student-centred, collaborative

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

I will assist you with aspects of your technical training together with experienced lab members, but will expect you to independently problem-solve appropriate methods and changes to methodology.

Progression monitoring and management:

I will provide advice and guidance to help you reach the goals you set for yourself, but we will always discuss a plan of action together and I will encourage you to reach your full potential.

Communication:

I will expect you to manage your work/life balance, but I am 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 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?

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

Open door policy?

Yes, I am usually contactable for an instant response 3 or 4 days per week.

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.