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Dr Jan-Ulrich Kreft

Dr Jan-Ulrich Kreft

Dr Jan-Ulrich Kreft
University of Birmingham
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

I have mainly been inspired by the wonders of the natural world rather than particular scientists, but there are many that have influenced me in different ways.

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

Guiding, teaching, student-centred

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

Your training will be supervised predominantly by myself. I expect students to want to read up on the background and fill gaps they discover themselves rather than having to be pushed, though I will point out any gaps that I come across to make sure you have the required background knowledge to understand what you are doing and to enable you to come up with your own ideas. We have a group journal club to learn how to read papers critically, in particular to learn to read what hasn’t been written.

Progression monitoring and management:

I will expect you to take ownership of your progression but like to be kept up to date and want you to come to me when you need help.

Communication:

I may email early or late when I have news or before I forget a new idea, but I do not expect my team to respond out of hours. Likewise, I am not always able to respond immediately and I like to take hours off email to eliminate distractions so I can focus on writing. For urgent messages, I am always available when you text me.

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, most of the time but I have other meetings, teaching and obligations so sometimes I have to say come back later.

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 1 week’s notice to provide feedback on written work of up to 5000 words.