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Professor Richard Napier

Professor Richard Napier

Professor Richard Napier
University of Warwick
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

Technique-led, supportive, 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. There will be additional support from others in the group and from around the lab which is shared with 4 other groups.

Progression monitoring and management:

We have weekly group meetings where we share successes and challenges. I am always available to help with troubleshooting, but generally you will take ownership of your progression. We will review progress formally at monthly monitoring meetings.

Communication:

I am generally around the lab on a daily basis and always by email. We meet as a group weekly.

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