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Dr Sam Lucas

Dr Sam Lucas

Dr Sam Lucas
University of Birmingham
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

My PhD supervisor (Prof Jim Cotter) – He is wise and humble, but also patient!

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

Student-centred, collaborative, innovative

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. Throughout your training you’ll be supported by more experienced PhD students and postdocs working in the lab.

Progression monitoring and management:

I like to work with my PhD students to set out the expectations of your progression on a monthly basis (can be weekly if work requires it at the point in the PhD). If these progression criteria are not met, we will discuss a plan of action together to decide the best course of action to meet the objectives of your project and PhD.

Communication:

I am known to email my team/PhD students at all hours of the day and night, as I work flexibly to manage my work-life balance. I encourage my students to find a balance between work and life, so don’t expect emails outside of the hours they plan to work.

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 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.