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Professor Jackie Blissett

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Professor Jackie Blissett
University of Aston

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

supportive, goal-driven, organised.

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

I prefer to take responsibility for your technical training at first, leading to more independence later. I expect you to identify areas in which you need additional support or training as your studies progress.

Progression monitoring and management:

I expect you to use your initiative to solve problems, and bring me potential solutions to the problems you face. I like to be kept up to date, and will expect to see evidence of method development/data generation results on a weekly basis.

Communication:

I will usually lcommunicate with your and the team via email. Typically this will be within the week and within working hours. Whilst I expect you to keep up with my/ team communications I will 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.

How often do your PhD students see you in a timetabled group meeting?

At least once a month

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 week

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, but my pattern of being contactable for an instant response is not predictable.

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.