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Professor Jo Parish

Jo Parish
Professor Jo Parish
University of Birmingham
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

Professor Sir Paul Nurse – a visionary fundamental biologist who developed game-changing hypotheses regarding cell cycle regulation using simple model organisms. In latter years, he has used his status to positively influence the UK science agenda and research culture.

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

Collaborative, supportive, student-centred.

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

Project goals will be developed collaboratively with the student and training put in place as needed. This collaborative approach to supervision allows the student to develop ideas and new theories in a supportive environment and empowers them to develop independence when ready.

Progression monitoring and management:

I am available for daily informal conversations, trouble shooting and celebrations of success as needed. We will have weekly 1-2-1 meetings to discuss project outcomes, future goals and any issues that arise. My supportive and encouraging supervision style allows students to reach their full potential with their own ideas and ambitious technologies, while establishing a robust support network to keep the student on track.

Communication:

I have an open-door policy and fully available for help and support when required. I am known to email my team/PhD students at all hours of the day and night, however I will not expect you to do the same. I am happy to discuss any issues that are impacting your ability to fulfil your potential or my/our expectations. For issues (and social events!) that affect the whole team, we have a WhatsApp group chat with which we regularly communicate during the week and weekends.

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 fortnight

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