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Dr Helen O’Hare

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Name: Dr Helen O’Hare
University of Leicester

Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

When I studied for my PhD, science conversations were the “norm” at tea, coffee or lunchtime. It was ok to ask any science question of anyone, even the group leaders. This was inspiring!

In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

detail-oriented, supportive, organised.

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

I have a hands on approach to training, leading to independent work. I am always available to help when needed.

Progression monitoring and management:

I will provide support, advice and guidance on the progression of your project while expecting you to set goals.

Communication:

I reply promptly to emails and I am always happy to discuss problems or challenges you encounter in your research, and any issues affecting your research.

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 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?

Face to face (if allowed under current health and safety advice)

Open door policy?

Yes, I am usually contactable for an instant response 1 or 2 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.