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Dr Tom Pope

Dr Tom Pope

Dr Tom Pope
Harper Adams University
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

Supportive, goal-driven, collaborative

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

I am available to provide 1:1 training wherever required in order to develop new skills but also encourage self-directed learning and collaboration between PhD students.

Progression monitoring and management:

Milestones are set during regular progress monitoring meetings and progress assessed at following meetings allowing for milestones to be adjusted and additional support provided where required.  

Communication:

I communicate with PhD students through face to face meetings, email, MS Teams as well as through a WhatsApp group. I respond to enquiries quickly and encourage regular communication to ensure that any problems or delays can be addressed quickly.

How often do your PhD students see you in a timetabled group meeting?

Typically, once a week.

In year 1 of PhD study, how often do your PhD students have a scheduled >30 minute 1:1 meeting with you?

In the first six months this will be once per week, moving to once every two to four weeks later in the year.

In year 2 of PhD study, how often do your PhD students have a scheduled >30 minute 1:1 meeting with you?

Typically, every two to four weeks.

In year 3 of PhD study, how often do your PhD students have a scheduled >30 minute 1:1 meeting with you?

Typically, every four weeks.

What form do your 1:1 meetings with PhD students take?

In person face to face or online via MS Teams where appropriate

Open door policy?

Yes, I have an open policy when on campus and by email, phone or MS Teams when off campus.

My expectation of PhD student working patterns?

Core working hours are Mon-Fri 09:00-17:00 but where appropriate flexible working patterns may be adopted.

Notice for feedback (e.g. on reports, manuscript drafts, thesis chapters)?

I typically require one week to provide feedback on written work.