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Dr Rob Lillywhite

Dr Rob Lillywhite

Dr Rob Lillywhite
University of Warwick
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

Relaxed, supportive, understanding

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.

Your training will be supervised predominantly by me and I encourage conversation and discussion as appropriate rather than on a scheduled basis.

Progression monitoring and management:

I will expect you to take full ownership of your progression but come to me when you need help troubleshooting.

I will set out my expectations of your progression on a weekly/monthly basis. If these progression criteria are not met we will always discuss a plan of action together.

I am here for advice and guidance to help you reach the goals you set for yourself.

Communication:

I expect you to keep up with my/ team communications but I will expect you to maintain a beneficial work/life balance.

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

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 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?

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.