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Dr Jennifer Heaney

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

Supportive
Flexible
Goal-driven

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

Training would be provided by members of the team and laboratory on relevant techniques and methods. Once you are trained in key techniques and tests, I would expect you to provide input and ultimately develop independence for planning your own experimental work. I encourage students to attend relevant training courses (e.g. statistics and writing) and take part in activities and events that can complement and enhance their wider development as a postgraduate researcher (e.g. journals clubs, seminars, conferences)

Progression monitoring and management:

We will agree on expectations of your progression on a weekly/monthly basis. On a day to day and weekly basis, I expect you to take ownership of your own work and progress but seek help for troubleshooting. I have high expectations, will provide a supportive and motivating working environment, and will deliver project guidance, but it is your responsibility to push yourself to your full potential.

Communication:

Communication is predominately via email however I can be contacted via text or WhatsApp if a more urgent response is required. I will expect you to check your emails regularly within core hours. I am happy to discuss any issues that are impacting your ability to fulfil your potential or my/our expectations. If extra support is required, I will direct or encourage self-referral to the Medical & Dental College PGR student support team.

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 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?

For monthly meetings, face to face. For meetings in between, a mixture of face to face or via online meeting

Open door policy?

Yes, I am usually contactable for an instant response 2 or 3 days per week.

My expectation of PhD student working patterns?

Work in my laboratory generally requires being present on site during the core hours (9-5) Monday to Friday. However, there is flexibility around this depending on the student and the work required.

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.