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Dr Melanie Britton

Dr Melanie Britton

Dr Melanie Britton
University of Birmingham
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

Detail-oriented, outcome-oriented, collaborative.

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, leading to more independence later.

Progression monitoring and management:

I will initially provide clear guidance on you project, but will work towards you taking full ownership of your progression, while still encouraging you to come to me when you need help troubleshooting.

Communication:

The team has a WhatsApp group chat, which I am not part of, with which they regularly communicate using. I communicate with the group mostly via email, though very rarely out-of-hours. However, I can be contacted on my mobile and am happy to discuss any issues that are impacting your ability to fulfil your potential or my/our expectations, at any time.

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?

Face to face (if allowed under current health and safety advice) and video chat.

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