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Professor Jim Monaghan

Professor Jim Monaghan

Professor Jim Monaghan
Harper Adams University
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

Supportive, collaborative, task-oriented.

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, either myself or through other experienced members of the group, developing you into an independent researcher.

Progression monitoring and management:

I like to be kept up to date so that I can have input and guidance, certainly in the first 2 years, and expect to see evidence of your work, thinking and innovation on a regular basis (usually every two weeks). 

Communication:

The group meets weekly for an informal catch-up and we utilise Teams and WhatsApp to keep in touch. This is especially helpful during the busy research periods when the group generally helps each other out.

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

At least once per fortnight

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 fortnight

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 3 or 4 days per week.

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.