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Dr Heather Long

Dr Heather Long

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

Supportive, guiding, organised

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

I like to train students closely at the start, in techniques fundamental to their project. I believe this enables students to develop a solid scientific base from which to develop confidence and experience to independently select methods and design experiments later in the PhD. Training will also be supported by other experienced group members.

Progression monitoring and management:

I will meet with you regularly to discuss experimental plans and progression. I am always happy to discuss plans of action for troubleshooting. I expect that you will take more ownership of the project as time progresses.

Communication:

I try to respond to all communications with my team in a timely manner. Whilst I expect you to do the same, I also expect you to manage your work/life balance. I am happy to discuss any issues that are impacting your ability to fulfil your potential or my/our expectations, and to point you in the right direction if further help is required

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 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?

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?

Certain tasks in my lab need to occur at set times, and students need to be able to commit to a rota/timetable shared with other members of the team.

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.