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Dr Timothy Barendt

Dr Timothy Barendt

Dr Timothy Barendt
University of Birmingham
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

Linus Pauling, because he liked to teach chemistry through ‘new molecular drawings’ instead of just words. He was also a peace activist.

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

Supportive, open-door, always-interested.

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

I will plan the training that I think is required ahead of time but I am always open to your suggestions. I will take responsibility for conducting some of the training myself (I like being in the lab!), otherwise I will direct you towards people who I know from experience will be able to help. 

Progression monitoring and management:

I am available to meet weekly to discuss project progress and set goals. However, I have an open-door policy so you are always welcome to come and speak with me more frequently. I believe in flexibility so after several months we can assess the project management style to see if it is working for both of us.

Communication:

I like to keep in regular communication with group members through face-to-face coffee meetings (if possible), Zoom calls and Teams messages, although I would never expect replies outside of the core working hours, to maintain a good work-life balance. Our group Teams channel is used by all members to share ideas, papers and lab updates. I will always make time to provide pastoral support to group members. 

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 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?

Work in my lab requires being present on site (a laboratory – for safety reasons) during the core hours of [9:30am – 5:30pm Monday to Friday].

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.