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Dr Michael Smutny

Dr Michael Smutny

Dr Michael Smutny
University of Warwick
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

Nature. Shows us that we still do not understand much and we should keep asking questions.

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

Supportive, goal-driven, collaborative

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

Your initial training will be supervised by me with support of experienced researchers in the lab, leading to more independence later.

Progression monitoring and management:

I am here for advice and guidance to help you reach the goals we define together. Once more independent, I expect you to take ownership of your progression but to reach out to me when you need help or advise. I like to be kept up to date, and expect to see evidence of method development/data generation results on a flexibly defined time-basis. We will work out progression criteria together and we will always discuss a plan of action together which should enable you to reach your full potential.

Communication:

Face2face/online/email/text. The team has a Slack group chat with which we regularly communicate during the week. Whilst I expect you to keep up with my/ team communications I assume that you manage your work/life balance. I am happy to discuss any issues that are impacting your ability to fulfil your potential or my/our 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 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, online meetings

Open door policy?

Yes, I am usually approachable for an instant response if required on any working day.

My expectation of PhD student working patterns?

The timing of work in my lab is relatively flexible, and (other than attending pre-arranged meetings), I expect students to manage their own time. However, I expect students to be on site (lab or working rooms) during core hours (9-5pm) if not otherwise communicated.

Notice for feedback (e.g. on reports, manuscript drafts, thesis chapters)?

I need at least 2 weeks’ notice to provide feedback on written work of up to 5000 words.