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Dr Theo Kantidakis

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Dr Theo Kantidakis
University of Aston
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

Supportive, organised and goal-oriented.

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, providing hands-on training myself, but I expect that you progressively develop your own skills, leading to more independence later.

Progression monitoring and management:

I ‘d like to be kept updated on your progress on a regular basis, weekly or at least every two weeks, for the experiments that worked well and especially those that didn’t. I will set out my expectations of your progression on a monthly basis. If these progression criteria are not met, we will always discuss a plan of action together. As you become more experienced, I will expect you to take full ownership of your progression, but come to me when you need help troubleshooting.

Communication:

I operate an open-door policy and therefore I am accessible most of the time during working hours. I sometimes email my team in the evenings or in weekends, however I will not expect you to do the same. We also use WhatsApp on a regular basis, while if immediate help is needed, you can contact me on my mobile.

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 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?

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.