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Professor Owen Thomas

Professor Owen Thomas

Professor Owen Thomas
University of Birmingham
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

The late great Professor Peter Dunnill (Department of Biochemical Engineering, University College London) for knowing exactly what the bioindustry sector needs long before it itself does.

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

Detail-oriented, ‘supportive/understanding/guiding’ and collaborative

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, leading to more independence later.

Progression monitoring and management:

I shall set out my expectations of your progression on a weekly/monthly basis. If these progression criteria aren’t met we shall always discuss a plan of action together. I have high expectations and I will encourage/guide you to develop these of yourself so that you can attain your full potential.

Communication:

I may email my team/PhD students at all hours of the day and night, but do not expect you to do the same. I do however, expect that you keep up with my/ team communications and manage your work/life balance. I am happy to discuss any issues that are impacting your ability to fulfil your potential and/or my/our expectations.

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

At least once per fortnight

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, video chat and 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 1 week’s notice to provide feedback on written work of up to 5000 words.