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Dr Yu-Chiang Lai

Dr Yu-Chiang Lai

Dr Yu-Chiang Lai
University of Birmingham
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

Technique-orientated, Supportive, and Goal-driven

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, leading to more independence later. Basic wet-lab skill training will be supervised predominantly by experienced PhD students/postdocs.

Progression monitoring and management:

At the first year, we will set out our expectations of your progression on a monthly basis. If these progression criteria are not met we will discuss a plan of action together in a regular process (e.g. via weekly meetings). Once you become familiar with the lab and your project, I will be there for giving advice and guidance to help you reach the goals you set for yourself.

Communication:

The team uses Slack app and we regularly communicate things during the week, sometime during the weekend. Students also have their own channel to communicate any issues including private and/or work-related issue. I am supportive to discuss any issues that are impacting your work or career goals.

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 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?

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.

Work in my lab requires being present on site (be it in a laboratory or at a field site) during the core hours of [complete defined hours and days] (or a subset if working part time).

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.