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Dr Rebecca Notman

Dr Rebecca Notman

Dr Rebecca Notman
University of Warwick
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

I have several colleagues in Chemistry who inspire me with their innovative research and amazing productivity yet, at the same time, they give so much of their time to help others develop and succeed in science.

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

Approachable, collaborative, it’s your PhD.

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.

Progression monitoring and management:

We will jointly agree your objectives for the month and then monitor your progress towards these on a weekly basis. If you are struggling or run into any issues we will discuss a plan of action together.

Communication:

Communication will be via email, video chat and face to face meetings. I will not usually expect you to attend meetings or respond to email outside of your normal working hours. 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 month

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 (but we may decide to adjust this to meet your individual needs)

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 week (but we may decide to adjust this to meet your individual needs)

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 (but we may decide to adjust this to meet your individual needs)

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

A mixture of face to face or via video chat or telephone.

Open door policy?

Yes, I am usually contactable for an instant response 3 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 and group seminars), 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.