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Dr Ed Harris

Dr Ed Harris

Dr Ed Harris
Senior Lecturer in Statistics, HAU profile, Twitter, Google scholar
Harper Adams University
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

My scientific inspiration is Edward O. Wilson. E. O. Wilson is inspiring because of his phenomenal contributions to our scientific understanding of how the world works ecologically, but also in his ability to clearly and enthusiastically communicate his work to non-scientists. In the latter part of his career his focus has been to inspire a new generation of researchers in the importance of biological diversity for ecological resilience, and also for our own health and wellbeing.

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

Outcome-oriented, collaborative, inclusive

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

Technical training is the first part of the collaboration between a student and a supervisor. We will work together at first to identify strengths and weaknesses and to build confidence and skills, leading to more independence later. I have a strong philosophy of working openly and collaboratively using open source tools, open reproducible methods and where possible open data.

Progression monitoring and management:

I like to interact and communicate frequently with my students and want and expect to meet and discuss methods and data collection, as well as results, on a very regular basis. I also encourage independent thinking and enthusiasm and I view important parts of my role to entail encouragement, guidance and sometimes to offer challenge.

Communication:

Members of my lab are in frequent, daily contact via our Slack workspace and by email, and also with regular lab meetings - we communicate and work closely as a team and help each other often.

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)

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 very flexible, and (other than attending pre-arranged meetings), I expect students to manage their own time and I will help as required.

Notice for feedback (e.g. on reports, manuscript drafts, thesis chapters)?

It is polite to allow at least 1 week notice for feedback on written work of up to 5000 words, but often feedback may be provided sooner.