Dr Elaine Leung
University of Birmingham
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?
Supportive, outcome-oriented and goal-driven
In one or two sentences please describe your strategies regarding the following.
Provision of training:
I will take responsibility for your initial technical training at first, either by myself directly or by experienced post docs/PhD students. Later on I will expect you to independently make changes to methodology/ optimise protocol.
Progression monitoring and management:
We will expect to see evidence of data generation and project development on a weekly basis at virtual or face-to-face meetings. I will expect you to take full ownership of your progression, but come to me when you need help troubleshooting.
After the initial induction and skill training, we will mutually agree on a plan of actions on a monthly basis.
While I may email you outside office hours due to my clinical commitment, I do not expect you to do the same.
My team usually communicate via WhatsApp group for day-to-day troubleshooting, which may involve messaging over the weekends, which you do not have to reply.
We will also have planned regular meetings.
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, but my pattern of being contactable for an instant response is not predictable due to clinical commitments.
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, taking into account commitments of the wider team (e.g. lab rota, joint meetings).
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.