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Dr Sarah Aldred

Dr Sarah Aldred

Dr Sarah Aldred
University of Birmingham
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

Einstein! He liked riding bicycles and had some of his best ideas whilst exercising – as I do!

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

Supportive, Understanding, Engaging

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

I will support your development of technical ability in the lab, together with my postdocs.

I encourage exploration and understanding in method development.

Progression monitoring and management:

I believe in creating a happy and healthy ethos around research, so I like to support my students to manage their time and their research progress effectively

I will always support your development, but I will encourage independence as you move through your PhD

Communication:

I’m happy to discuss anything – science or not, to support you as you need through your PhD.

I try to maintain a healthy work-life balance and will encourage you to do the same, so most of my communication happens in working hours, by email, phone, or meeting as appropriate.

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 week

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 (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.