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Dr Lijiang Song

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Dr Lijiang Song
University of Warwick
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

Collaborative, supportive, outcome-oriented

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

Your training will be provided/supervised by myself and other experienced group members (post docs/PhD students).

I will encourage you to be independent, including project management, experimental design and data analysis/interpretation

Progression monitoring and management:

We will discuss your progression on a bi-weekly basis. If these progression criteria are not met regularly, then we can always discuss alternative plan of action together.

I am here for advice and guidance to help you reach the goals we agreed

Communication:

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.

The team meets weekly to discuss general lab issues

I am happy to discuss any issues that are impacting your ability to fulfil your potential or my/our expectations.

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 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 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?

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.