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Professor Rachel O’Reilly

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Professor Rachel O'Reilly
University of Birmingham
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

Goal-driven, detail-oriented, collaborative

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

Your training will be supervised predominantly by my experienced post docs with my oversight.

Progression monitoring and management:

I like to be kept up to date, and will expect to see evidence of method development/data generation results on a weekly basis.

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

I have high expectations and will push you to your full potential.

Communication:

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 fortnight

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) – currently by Zoom

Open door policy?

Yes, but my pattern of being contactable for an instant response is not predictable.

My expectation of PhD student working patterns?

Work in my lab requires being present on site as it is heavily laboratory focused during the core hours of weekdays 9am-6pm.

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.