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Dr Melissa Grant

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

I see myself as student centred and supportive in my style of supervision, I expect to talk with students working with me and to encourage them to work with me in exploring the potential routes through their PhD.  

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

I prefer to take responsibility for student technical training at first, leading to more independence later. Where the expertise is outside my own I will help to find others, who can help reach the level of training needed.

Progression monitoring and management:

I like to be kept up to date, and will expect to see evidence of method development/data generation results on a daily/weekly basis.

Communication:

The team has a WhatsApp group chat with which we regularly communicate during the week. I may email out of hours; however, I will not expect you to do the same. Whilst I expect you to keep up with my/ team communications I will expect you to manage your work/life balance. I am happy to discuss any issues that are impacting your ability to fulfil your potential or expectations.

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 week

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 3 or 4 days per week.

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.