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Dr Estrella Luna-Diez

Dr Estrella Luna-Diez
University of Birmingham
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

Any woman that has made it to the top and has helped other women to get there.

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

Organised, collaborative and student-centred

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

You will receive technical training at first, leading to more independence later. Training will be done by myself or an expert in the required techniques (Post-doc/PhD student) if they are better qualified than me.

Progression monitoring and management:

I will expect you to take ownership of your progression but I like to be kept up to date, and will expect to see evidence of method development/data generation results on a weekly basis.

Communication:

I work flexible hours so I am known to email my team at all hours of the day and night, however I will not expect you to do the same. The team has a WhatsApp group chat with which we communicate during the week.

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 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?

A mixture of face to face or via video chat or telephone.

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?

Certain tasks in my lab need to occur at set times, and students need to be able to commit to a rota/timetable shared with other members of the team.

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.