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Dr Paul Davies

Dr Paul Davies

Dr Paul Davies
University of Birmingham
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

Supportive, collaborative, approach oriented

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

You will receive support and training from myself and more experienced PhD students/postdocs. I expect you to take responsibility for your development from the start, and to increase your independence over your PhD, and will provide the training and direction needed to help you to make the most of your development.

Progression monitoring and management:

I’m very involved and want to discuss your results and plans regularly, with weekly updates and informal discussions. I do expect you to take ownership over your progression, and I am here to provide support and guidance to help you realise your potential.

Communication:

We have weekly group meetings addressing research, literature, problem solving and group operation/safety. Formal and scheduled one-to-one meetings are held every month to look at progression and development, with more flexible meetings arranged as needed to discuss results, ideas, plans, and matters arising, on top of ad-hoc face-to-face discussions (for instance when I come to the lab). We have a group Slack, which we use for project, group and lab-related discussions and information sharing. Group members are very welcome to not look at this in the evenings and at the weekend.

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 twice per month

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 month

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?

I expect students to manage their own time, but due to the nature of the research, practical work must be predominantly focussed within normal building operations so that other people are present for safety reasons and to best support each other as a group. For lab-based working, usual working hours (~9-5, Mon-Fri) are the norm with flexibility.

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.