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Professor Warwick (Rick) Dunn

Professor Warwick (Rick) Dunn

Professor Warwick (Rick) Dunn
University of Birmingham
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

My scientific inspiration is Professor Sydney Brenner who understood that looking at a system as a whole is hugely important (what we call systems biology) and that technology advances are key to new discoveries, he quoted in 1980 ‘Progress in science depends on new techniques, new discoveries and new ideas, probably in that order’

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

Supportive, team-led, collaborative

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

Training in computational and laboratory skills will be provided by PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and myself. We apply a team approach to training and in the development of non-technical skills including presentations and scientific writing.

Progression monitoring and management:

The research group meets weekly and all PhD students have a one-to-one meeting with me each week. Additionally, I operate an open door system which means you can come and chat to me at any time.

Communication:

The research team all work in the same office and communicate verbally. Otherwise communications are via email.

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

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?

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?

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?

Once every second week

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

Face-to-face

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?

The timing of work in my lab is completely flexible, and (other than attending pre-arranged meetings), I expect students to manage their own time (and training is provided on time management).

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.