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Dr Stephane Gross

Dr Stephane Gross

Stephane R. Gross
Aston University
    Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

    Prof Neil Ron Morris (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nils-Morris). A person who dedicated his life to science and achieved much more than I can ever dream to. I was fortunate enough to work with him for a few months and appreciated his aptitude and helpfulness, his door always open and him always being available to support you whenever you needed help, regardless of his other commitments.

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

    My supervision is relatively laid back in relation to the student’s attendance as long as the work is progressing, and useful data is generated. As long as you put the efforts in, I will always do as much as I can to support you.

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

    It really depends on individuals and their abilities but in general I prefer to take responsibility for your technical training at first, leading to more independence within 6 months. I also like to be kept up to date with your progress in method development as well as data generation results to determine how to best proceed with your training.

    Progression monitoring and management:

    I am here for advice and guidance to help you reach the goals you set for yourself and like to be kept up to date, and will expect to see evidence of method development/data generation results on a daily/weekly basis.

    Communication:

    I am known to email my team/PhD students at all hours of the day and night, however I will not expect you to do the same.

    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 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 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 3 or 4 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), I expect students to manage their own time.

    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.