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Dr Tim Knowles

Dr Tim Knowles

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

Encouraging, Supportive, student-centred, guiding.

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

Your training will be supervised predominantly by my experienced post docs/PhD students but I am in the lab daily providing advice on experiments and training where necessary in certain aspects of structural biology/biophysics.

Progression monitoring and management:

I expect the group to support, develop and converse as a team, and to take interest in the breadth of what we study. Management comes from me as team lead, and progression results from a combination of self-drive and co-operative decision making.

Communication:

This is largely at the students discretion, in the style that suits them best. As a group, we do a lot of idea/result discussion as informal conversation, and hold more standard one-on-one meetings if there is more intricate planning to be done.

I am known to email my team/PhD students at all hours of the day and night, however I will not expect you to do the same.

The team has a WhatsApp group chat with which we regularly communicate during the week. Whilst I expect you to keep up with my/ team communications I will expect you to manage your work/life balance.

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 fortnight

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?

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.