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Professor Gurdyal S. Besra

Professor Gurdyal S. Besra

Professor Gurdyal S. Besra
University of Birmingham
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

Laid-back, supportive, collaborative

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

Your training will be supervised predominantly by my experienced Post docs/PhD students.

Progression monitoring and management:

I am here for advice and guidance to help you reach the goals you set for yourself.

Communication:

The team has a WhatsApp group chat with which we regularly communicate during the week and weekends. Whilst I expect you to keep up with my/ team communications I will expect you to manage your work/life balance.

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?

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.