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Dr Phill Stansfeld

Dr Phill Stansfeld

Dr Phill Stansfeld
University of Warwick
What is your scientific inspiration and why?

The structure of KcsA in 1998, and then the higher resolution structure in 2001, is essentially why I am now an academic. The beauty, and simplicity, of a ion channel at an atomic level inspired me to learn more about nature’s essential processes at a macromolecular level.

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

Strategic, organised, and collaborative.

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

I generally prefer to take responsibility for technical training at first, alongside experienced post docs/PhD students, leading to more independence later. Always open for discussion.

Progression monitoring and management:

I will set out my expectations of your progression on a weekly basis, although I do like to be kept up to date with any developments.

I aim to push you to your full potential and I am here for advice and guidance to help you reach the goals we set.

Communication:

I am known to email at all hours of the day and night, however I do not expect you to do the same.

I am happy to discuss any issues that are impacting your ability to fulfil your potential or my/our expectations.

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 (may be daily/weekly depending on circumstances)

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 (may be daily/weekly depending on circumstances)

What form do your 1:1 meetings with PhD students take?

A mixture of face to face or via video chat. (given current circumstances)

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.