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Dr Vicky McGowan

Dr Vicky McGowan

Dr Vicky McGowan
University of Leicester
Who is your scientific inspiration and why? 

I have always found my colleague Dr Sarah White to be inspiring – she manages to balance great science with fun and creativity, and has shown me how it’s possible to be a good scientist while maintaining a good work-life balance.

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

Supportive, organised, collaborative.

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

Training provision will be tailored to your individual needs. I would expect that lots of guidance might be needed at first, but that over the course of your PhD you would transition to independence.

Progression monitoring and management:

We would meet at least once a fortnight to check that everything is going well, and work together to set goals for what we would like to be achieved.

Communication:

My door would always be open if you needed a chat or had any questions. We also have friendly and supportive research networks in place (such as the Vision Sciences journal club), which are good places to sound out ideas, and meet other researchers within the department.

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 month

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 3 or 4 days per week.

My expectation of PhD student working patterns?

Work in my lab requires being present on site (be it in a laboratory or at a field site) usually during the core hours, depending on when participants are scheduled.

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.