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Dr Saverio Brogna

Dr Saverio Brogna

Dr Saverio Brogna
University of Birmingham
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

Several, Charles Darwin, Fred Sanger, Oswald Avery. Why, because they were brilliant but not primadonnas.

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

Laid-back, challenging a dream big guy

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

Your training on the lab will be supervised predominantly by my experienced post docs/PhD students, but I am always around, like to talk over experiment, data and make hypotheses together.

Progression monitoring and management:

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.

Communication:

The team has a WhatsApp group chat with which we regularly communicate during the week and weekends. Whilst I expect you to keep up with my/ team communications I will expect you to manage your work/life balance.

I am happy to discuss any issues though, from work to whatever can help you succeed.

How often do your PhD students see you in a timetabled group meeting?

At least once per week, but always around if wanted.

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 week

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 week

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, and if needed weekend.

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)?

Typically I need at least 1 week’s notice to provide feedback on written work of up to 5000 words.