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Dr Simon Jeffery

Dr Simon Jeffery

Dr Simon Jeffery
Harper Adams University
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

Supportive, collaborative, guiding.

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, which will be developed through continued collaboration.

Progression monitoring and management:

I like to be kept up to date; I am here for advice and guidance to help you reach the goals you set for yourself. However, you can always come to me when you need help with ideas, inspiration, or troubleshooting.

Communication:

I am happy to discuss any issues that are impacting your ability to fulfil your potential or our expectations. I will also help you find the best people to help you with any problems if I am unable to help you with them myself.

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 month but as often as the student requests

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 month but as often as the student requests

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

A mixture of face to face or via video chat.

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 2 week’s notice to provide feedback on written work of up to 5000 words.