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Dr Laura Vickers

Dr Laura Vickers

Dr Laura Vickers
Harper Adams University
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

Outcome orientated, supportive and guiding

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

I will guide you towards planning, taking and reviewing on training opportunities throughout the PhD

Technical training could be delivered from a variety of people; other PhDs, technicians and myself

Progression monitoring and management:

I will set out progression expectations and regularly review these with you on a weekly and monthly basis. If progression is not met we will discuss a plan of action together.

Communication:

I prefer communication to be within the working week and within working hours, but for I am known to email outside of these times, there is no expectation for you to reply and vice versa. It is important to me that you maintain a work/life balance and that we maintain flexibility in working.

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

Weekly meetings for one on one, monthly meetings with others.

At least once a month

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 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 3 or 4 days per week.

My expectation of PhD student working patterns?

Work in my lab requires being present on site (be it in a laboratory or at a field site) during the core hours of [complete defined hours and days] (or a subset if working part 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.