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Dr Mark Greenhaigh

Dr Mark Greenhaigh

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

Individually tailored depending on the student and their experience

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

I take responsibility for core training, with additional skills developed over the course of the PhD through additional training from myself and other group members. Everyone has different prior experiences and so taking advantage of this collective knowledge is key for everyone’s development.

Progression monitoring and management:

Over the course of a PhD, I expect students to take on increasing ownership of their projects so by the end they are able to plan and execute their work with minimal guidance. To support this process, I ask all students to provide fortnightly updates (1 side of A4) to help keep me, and the student, up-to-date with progress and be able to provide assistance when required. We have regular groups meetings where you can share and discuss your results with myself and the other group members. I also ask for formal 6-monthly reports to help keep on top of data generation and make the writing of your final thesis a much easier process. In addition to these formal processes, I am often around the lab/office for informal chats and operate an open-door policy to discuss any other queries or concerns.

Communication:

Good communication is essential for lab safety and for supporting progress and development. I am often available in the lab/office, or otherwise operate an open-door policy. When not on site, I am contactable by email/phone and will always respond as soon as I can. I am always happy to discuss any issues that are affecting your work and happy to provide career development advice

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 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?

Work in my lab requires being present on site during the core hours of 9-5, Monday-Friday. Work outside these hours is not expected, but students are welcome (and supported) to work beyond these hours if they choose to.

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.