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Dr Helen McGettrick

Dr Helen McGettrick

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

Supportive, Collaborative, Goal-driven

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

Your training will be supervised either by your supervisory team or by the wider labs experienced post-docs/PhD students.

Progression monitoring and management:

I like to be kept up to date, and will expect to see evidence of method development/data generation results on a daily/weekly basis. I am here for advice and guidance to help you reach the goals you set for yourself.

Communication:

The team and I use a combination of WhatsApp group chat and email to regularly communicate with everyone during the week. I operate an “open door” policy so that team members can ask quick questions or discuss issues as they arise.

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 fortnight

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 month

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?

Work in my lab requires being present on site (be it in a laboratory or at a field site) during the core hours of 10am-4pm (or a subset if working part 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.