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Dr Matthew Jenner

Dr Matthew Jenner

Dr Matthew Jenner
University of Warwick
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

Richard P. Feynman. His ability to distil complex ideas down to simple principles – truly ‘The Great Explainer’.

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

Supportive, Adaptive, Organised.

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

I take responsibility for technical training in the initial months. This provides a solid foundation for your lab work, leading to complete independence going forward.

Progression monitoring and management:

I expect students to take ownership of their projects in order to drive the work forward. We will discuss progress and goals at regular weekly/monthly meetings (depending upon stage of PhD study), and I operate an ‘open door’ policy for troubleshooting.

Communication:

I believe regular communication is important aspect to a good working relationship. I am contactable via e-mail/phone/in person during working hours, and do my best to be available outside of these hours if required. The lab has a WhatsApp group chat and MS Teams chat, which we regularly communicate over during the week and weekends. I am happy to discuss any issues that are impacting your ability to fulfil your potential, and give help and advice on such matters.

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?

Certain tasks in my lab need to occur at set times, and students need to be able to commit to a rota/timetable shared with other members of the team.

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.