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Dr Steve Thomas

Dr Steve Thomas
Dr Steve Thomas
University of Birmingham
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

Guiding, collaborative, inclusive

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, in collaboration with experienced phd studetns and post docs, leading to more independence later.

Progression monitoring and management:

I like to be kept up to date, and will meet regularly with you to support the development of your own project management skills. As you become more experienced I will provide support and guidance to help you reach the goals you set for yourself.

Communication:

I would expect you to answer my emails in a timely manner but do not expect responses outside of working hours unless you are willing to do so. I am happy to discuss any issues that are impacting your ability to fulfil your potential or my/our expectations.

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?

A mixture of face to face or via video chat or telephone.

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