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Professor Stephen Royle

Professor Stephen Royle

Professor Stephen Royle
University of Warwick
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

Discoveries are made by pushing boundaries and taking chances. Ironically, many scientists are very conservative and risk-averse! I’m inspired by those who dare to be different: the fearless experimentalists and the challengers of the status quo.

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

Collaborative, supportive and detail-oriented.

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

You will have access to everything you need to make a success of your PhD. For experimental methods, training is done between members of my research group and I can assist with troubleshooting. Microscopy specialists will train you to use our fancy microscopes. We’re here to help you to become the best you can be.

Progression monitoring and management:

I am here to help you, but it is your responsibility to make a success of your project. You need to own it.

Communication:

We mainly use Slack for communication and I’m always happy to discuss science (or anything!) with lab members. I work a lot outside of regular work hours. I may send you a message the moment I think of something, but there is no pressure for you to respond until the next working day.

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 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.

My expectation of PhD student working patterns?

Certain tasks in my lab need to occur at set times, and students need to be able to commit to a rota/timetable shared with other members of the team.

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.