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Professor Michael Chappell

Professor Michael Chappell
University of Warwick
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

Individuals who have succeeded in developing technologies with potential to relieve the socioeconomic and personal burden of disease and disability.

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

Collaborative, guiding by direct and regular instruction and training, facilitating personal development.

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

Initially exploring the student’s abilities, then responding to their strengths and weaknesses with personalised training, and through this developing their confidence, critical awareness and ultimately their independence.

Progression monitoring and management:

Regular (as required but at least biweekly) face to face meetings to develop a collaborative relationship that allows student and supervisor to work together on technical and professional development, through a mutually agreed milestone-driven, responsive training plan that will evolve as the student progresses.

If based with a desk in the Biomedical & Biological Systems Laboratory within the School of Engineering, then there is likely to be daily informal contact and discussion.

Communication:

Open communication through face-to-face and professional channels as and when required, plus, as stated above, if the student has a base with a desk in the Biomedical & Biological Systems Laboratory within the School of Engineering, then there is likely to be daily informal contact and discussion/communication.

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?

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

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.