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Dr Himanshu Kaul

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Dr Himanshu Kaul
University of Leicester
Link to staff profile / lab page: www.kaullab.com 
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

Inclusive, Enabling, Supportive

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

I will be responsible for your technical training, including written and verbal communication, during the first year of your PhD and guide you to independence. I am supportive of efforts to attend workshops and summer schools to enhance further training and expect you to take a proactive role in finding these opportunities.

Progression monitoring and management:

I host weekly lab meetings where students in the lab present their work to an interdisciplinary audience, which helps them hone their communication skills. I meet my students 1:1 once every week for at least 30 minutes. I expect my students to manage their own time, though I am always available for guidance.

Communication:

The lab has a Teams and WhatsApp group that we use for communication. I also visit the lab every day for brief F2F chats with my students and to troubleshoot issues. I am always happy to guide students on how they can best fulfil their potential.

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 fortnight

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.