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Dr Joseph Galea

Dr Joseph Galea

Dr Joseph Galea
University of Birmingham
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

David Marr; A fundamental believer in the importance of investigating behaviour ‘‘trying to understand perception by understanding neurons is like trying to understand a bird’s flight by studying only feathers. It just cannot be done’’ (Marr, 1982)

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

Organised; Supportive; Outcome-oriented.

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

I will take responsibility for your training at first, with greater independence being expected as the PhD progresses.

Progression monitoring and management:

I like to have a weekly meeting with my PhD students in which we discuss all aspects of the PhD. Although I have high expectations and expect consistent progression, I am always free for advice and guidance to help you reach these goals.

Communication:

For most communication, we have a ‘slack’ lab page with different channels for different projects. Although communication may occur evenings/weekends, I do not expect responses out of hours. 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 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 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?

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

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?

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.