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Dr Richard Doveston

Dr Richard Doveston

Dr Richard Doveston
University of Leicester
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

Student-centred, outcome-oriented, balanced

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

Your training will be supervised predominantly by my experienced team, but I also train people in certain techniques and am always on hand to help with data analysis.

Progression monitoring and management:

I will expect you to take full ownership of your project and progression – this is an important aspect of PhD life and developing as a scientist. I am always here for advice and guidance to help you reach the goals you set for yourself. If I am worried that you are not progressing or reaching your full potential then I will discuss this with you.

Communication:

I am in regular contact with all my students either from face-to-face chats in the lab, emails or occasionally WhatsApp when we really need to. I am happy to discuss any issues that my students raise and offer advice, or help to seek alternative support if that is needed.

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 fortnight

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?

Face to face (if allowed under current health and safety advice)

Open door policy?

Yes, I am usually contactable for an instant response 3 or 4 days per week.

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 within the confines of our safe working policy.

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.