Prof Marco R Oggioni
University of Leicester
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?
I count very much on the autonomy of early career researchers recognising that for the first year or two the supervision and collaboration has to be tighter to support confidence and independence.
In one or two sentences please describe your strategies regarding the following.
Provision of training:
Training is provided not provided by the supervisor alone, but by the whole research group. Depending on the extent of experience of the student, it may take more or less time for a student to become autonomous. As everybody is different there is not one approach which fist all. The extent of training and supervision needed and provided will therefor vary and is modifiable following a discussion.
Progression monitoring and management:
Throughout the years there will be at least one weekly lab meeting and face to face meetings which will vary in frequency depending on the needs. Over the years I expect the student to become more independent, which does not mean the contact will decrease, but the input in planning and analysis of the student into the research work will increase.
Communication will be face-to-face, for the periods I am in Leicester when I am daily in the lab (I have a 0.3 FTE position at Leicester and a 0.7 FTE position at the University of Bologna. For the periods, I will not be in Leicester, the second supervisor Roberto Feuda will be available for face-to-face meetings anytime. Communication is alternatively via Teams or Zoom meetings, the weekly lab meetings and by WhatsApp or phone for matters requiring immediate feedback.
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 fortnight
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 month
What form do your 1:1 meetings with PhD students take?
A mixture of face to face or via video chat or telephone (depending on if I am in Leicester)
Open door policy?
Yes, I am usually contactable for an instant response on every
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.