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Dr Hung-Ji Tsai

Dr Hung-Ji Tsai

Dr Hung-Ji Tsai
University of Birmingham
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

Detail-oriented, supportive, goal-driven

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

At the beginning of your training, I will work alongside the student to support the development of experimental skills and to help the student establish a solid foundation of scientific methods and experimental discipline. By the end of the PhD, I expect the student could have the ability to initiate new ideas/projects with rational, feasible experimental plans and meanwhile possess the ability to write research manuscripts and proposals, as an independent scientist.

Progression monitoring and management:

I expect the student to take full ownership of the project progression, but I will be available for troubleshooting to facilitate the student’s project. A weekly personal meeting will also be set up to discuss plans of action and related lab matters.

Communication:

I reply emails from my team at all hours (not expect the student to do the same), in response to any timely needs in the lab or data analyses, and a lab SLACK group is set up for the lab members to facilitate the communication. I am also happy to discuss any issues regarding career development in personal meetings and will proactively initiate the conversations at every milestone during the training.

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?

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?

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.