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Dr Karim Farag

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Dr Karim Farag
University of Harper Adams
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

Professor Jeff Wood (Retired, University of Bristol); Jeff was passionate about his research and took a lot of pride in what he did, he also was a great example in linking his teaching to new research output. On top of his long list of publication, his work has helped policy makers change the public view towards meat, striking the right balance between nutrition and nature.

In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?
  • goal-driven and systematic
  • guiding
  • supportive

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

The student will need to be trained on all equipment and techniques essential to complete the study, this can be achieved through mini trials.

Once training is complete, student is expected to work more independently.

Progression monitoring and management:

Expectations will be set in our regular meeting and would need to be actioned before the next one, this might be set weekly, fortnightly, or monthly depending on the stage of the study. If expectations are not met, a discussion will be held to understand the root cause of the problem and then actioned accordingly.

Communication:

Communication with students will be done via email, MS teams group and will be within acceptable working days/hours. Any urgent issue outside normal time, student will have access to speak with me if necessary.

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 month

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.