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Dr Ewan Ross

Dr Ewan Ross

Dr Ewan Ross
Aston University
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

Supportive, collaborative, detail-orientated

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

For laboratory techniques, I will provide training and support as well as supervising you on your initial experiments. You will be given training for all techniques required throughout the PhD to help you achieve the experimental aims. I will expect you to become more independent as you become more familiar with the core techniques. If there are specific problems or technical issues I expect to be informed and I will aim to help you resolve these. Training from other members of the laboratory will also be available to allow you to develop your practical skills. Training for professional skills and data interpretation/management are already in place, and further help and advice will always be available.

Progression monitoring and management:

I will expect you to gradually take full ownership of the project as you progress, becoming more independent. I will meet with you formally once a week in order to discuss data generated that week, looking at the raw data and your interpretation of this. However, I would like to be kept up to date with progress, and results where appropriate as new discoveries are made or problems are encountered. I would also like you to develop your thinking in the role and we will set targets for written work and research goals. I will always be available to you for advice or guidance on your professional goals in the role and offer help as required.

Communication:

A good communication strategy is key to optimizing the effectiveness of the supervisor/student relationship. I operate an open door policy and will make myself available to you as required. We will keep in touch through group chats (WhatsApp and other social media if required) as well as regular email or online conference call as appropriate.

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?

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 2 week’s notice to provide feedback on written work of up to 5000 words.