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Dr Natalie Poulter

Dr Natalie Poulter

Dr Natalie Poulter
University of Birmingham
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

Brian Cox because he makes complicated science accessible to the general public. This is a great skill to have as public engagement with science is such an important aspect of our work.

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

Supportive, collaborative, detail-oriented

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

I prefer to take responsibility for your technical training at first, with support from established post-docs/PhD students/technicians in the lab for specialist equipment or techniques, leading to more independence later.

Progression monitoring and management:

I like to be kept up to date with progress via weekly/fortnightly meetings where we discuss results, troubleshoot and plan future experiments together. As you progress through the PhD I would expect you to become more independent and be planning experiments yourself. However, I am always available to answer questions and I would prefer you to ask rather than struggle along alone.

Communication:

I am happy to discuss any issues that are impacting your ability to fulfil your potential or my/our expectations, be these work-related or personal. I would expect you to answer my emails in a timely manner but do not expect responses outside of working hours unless you are willing to do so.

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?

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

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