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Dr Ziyun Ding

Dr Ziyun Ding

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

Outcome-oriented, student-centred, supportive.

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 (physical experiment and computational modelling/simulation), leading to more independence later.

Progression monitoring and management:

I will set out my expectations of your progression on a monthly basis. If these progression criteria are not met we will always discuss a plan of action together.

Communication:

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.

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 month

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?

Face to face (if allowed under current health and safety advice)

Open door policy?

Yes, I am usually contactable for an instant response 1 or 2 days per week.

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.

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.