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Dr Nicola Randall

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Dr Nicola Randall
University of Harper Adams
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

Suggestions for inspiration: supportive & guiding, development of student, outcome-oriented

In one or two sentences please describe your strategies regarding the following.

Provision of training:

Suggestions for inspiration:

I prefer to take responsibility for your technical training at first, leading to more independence later.

Over the course of your PhD I anticipate that you will develop the independence and confidence to figure out appropriate methods and changes to methodology.

Your training will be supervised predominantly by my experienced post docs/PhD students.

Progression monitoring and management:

Suggestions for inspiration:

I would usually expect that we would meet weekly in the first instance, but as your confidence and skills develop, I would expect you to take ownership of your progression, discussing action plans and progress when needed with more formal meetings at least monthly. I will push you to your full potential, but I am here for advice and guidance to help you reach the goals you set for yourself.

Communication:

Suggestions for inspiration:

I am known to email my team/PhD students at all hours of the day and night, however I will not expect you to do the same.

For formal record taking, we use email. For more informal communications, quick responses to questions etc. we use communicate via Microsoft teams. I find this the best method to deal with any questions, discuss any issues at any point outside of our organised (usually face to face) meetings, and can be contacted through messaging or through a call. Whilst I expect you to keep up with my/ team communications I will expect you to manage your work/life balance, and will do likewise. My research group has regular informal meetings to swap ideas/interests etc.

How often do your PhD students see you in a timetabled group meeting?

At least once a month

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?

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?

The timing of work in my lab is completely flexible, and (other than attending pre-arranged meetings), I expect students to manage their own time.

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.