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Dr Freya Harrison

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Dr Freya Harrison
University of Warwick
In one or two sentences please describe your strategies regarding the following.
Provision of training:

You will receive training in lab techniques, analysis and scientific writing from me, or from post-docs and more experienced PhD students in my group. As you progress, you’ll start to take responsibility for figuring out what training you need by talking to your colleagues and getting ideas from your reading. I’ll help you source this, and fund it if necessary.

Progression monitoring and management:

Everyone in my group has a dedicated weekly or fortnightly office hour, when you meet with me to talk through how things are going. But I also expect to be having more frequent, informal conversations with you in the lab or over coffee, where we can talk about ideas or troubleshoot experiments if needed. I like my group to have a collegiate atmosphere, so you will also be part of ongoing conversations with other lab members where you talk about your work and exchange ideas and advice. As you progress in your PhD and really take ownership of your project, you will take more responsibility for setting your own goals and deadlines. I expect my students to publish their PhD work, and we will have frequent conversations aimed at making sure your work leads to a paper (or several!)

Communication:

The team has a Slack channel for easy communication, plus weekly lab meetings, more flexible meetings of sub-groups working on allied projects and plenty of opportunities for informal coffee/lunchtime chats.

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 fortnight (initially weekly, moving to fortnightly as and when this is preferred).

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?

A mixture of face to face or via video chat as convenient.

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 mostly flexible. You will need to attend pre-arranged meetings and to arrange collaborative work with other team members at a mutually convenient time - but overall, I expect students to manage their own time.

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

We will agree deadlines for you to send me reports/drafts and for me to give feedback on a case-by-case basis, depending on the urgency of the work.