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Dr Graeme Kettles

Dr Graeme Kettles

Dr Graeme Kettles
University of Birmingham
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

Supportive, student-centred, spontaneous

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

I prefer that training is a mix of hands-on training from myself, and encouraging progressive student independence to seek out their own methods and ideas.

Progression monitoring and management:

I expect students to ultimately take full ownership of their project, but will provide help and guidance throughout to help the student reach their full potential.

Communication:

I prefer to communicate either by email or in-person, although I also speak with the group through WhatsApp. I may email outside normal working hours but don’t expect students to do the same.

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 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 3 or 4 days per week.

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.