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Dr Mervyn Thomas

Dr Mervyn Thomas

Dr Mervyn Thomas
University of Leicester
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

Professor David Liu. Previously genetic disorders were considered untreatable, his pioneering work with base editing has now shown that translational therapies are possible in humans with genetic disorders.

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

I am supportive, goal-driven and collaborative.

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

You will receive training first-hand from myself and other lab members. As you gain confidence you will be more independent and develop/adapt your own methodologies.

Progression monitoring and management:

I always aim to push my students to their full potential, therefore I am actively involved in their project supervision but also their career development. My students have achieved national and international awards including Vice Chancellors awards, the highly commended PhD student of the year at the national post grad awards (2021), high impact publications and fellowships.

Communication:

I am more than happy to be approached (email/phone/in-person) about any issues impacting work. I am keen to see development in various aspects of your professional life, so I am happy to be contacted about career development aspects too.

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?

A mixture of face to face or via video chat or telephone.

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?

Work in my lab requires being present on site (be it in a laboratory or at a field site) during the core hours of 9-5 (or a subset if working part time). However dependent on the phase of the project and student needs, I am happy for flexible working arrangements.

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

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