Professor Ed Louis
University of Leicester
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?
Lot’s of influencers but initially my father, an electrical engineer who approached problems logically and was driven by curiosity about how things worked.
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?
Enabling, hands-off, open minded!
In one or two sentences please describe your strategies regarding the following.
Provision of training:
I’m of the watch once, do once, teach once way of learning techniques. Understanding the scientific method comes from doing science and I encourage questioning in testable ways.
Progression monitoring and management:
This is your project and I provide an enabling environment for you to thrive but I expect you to be self-driven.
Know when you need advice and ask – there are no stupid questions, just waste of time if you don’t know when to get help.
My door is always open – even remotely in these times.
Group interactions are encouraged to keep up with lab things – supplies, rotas, maintenance, etc.
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 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?
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 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.