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Dr Mike Tomlinson

Dr Mike Tomlinson

Dr Mike Tomlinson
University of Birmingham
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

Prof Alan Williams (1945-1992), FRS, Head of the MRC Cellular Immunology Unit and Sir William Dunn School of Pathology in Oxford. My supervisor at the start of my PhD. Inspired me to work on cell surface proteins.

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

Laid-back, supportive, collaborative.

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

Your training will be supervised by me or by my experienced post docs/PhD students, leading to more independence later.

Progression monitoring and management:

I will expect you to take full ownership of your progression but come to me when you need help troubleshooting.

Communication:

I am known to email my team/PhD students at all hours of the day and night, as I have four school-age kids so need to work flexibly. However, I will not expect you to respond outside of normal working hours.

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 month.

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?

The timing of work in my lab is flexible and I expect students to manage their own time, although there will be occasions when they are being shown techniques or working as a team, when they will need to adapt to the working times of others.

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.