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George Bassel

George Bassel
George Bassel
University of Warwick

Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

Charles Darwin for answering the biggest question of them all: where did we come from?

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

Relaxed, empowering, encouraging student autonomy

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

Training will initially be undertaken by myself and other lab members, with the goal of students becoming independent.

Prior knowledge of lab techniques is not required, just a willingness to learn!

Progression monitoring and management:

All members of the lab meet every week for a 1 hour one-to-one meeting with Prof Bassel. Project goals, progress and interpretation of results are discussed here. Lab meetings are another opportunity to present data and get feedback from other members of the group.

Communication:

In addition to the individual weekly meetings and lab meetings, we have a lab Slack channel which is used for rapid communication. The group is sat together in a shared office, which also serves as a computational dry lab space for 3D image analysis and modelling.

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