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Dr Xuming Zhang and Dr Rhein Parri

Zhang Parri
Dr Xuming Zhang
Aston University
Dr Rhein Parri
Aston University
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

Supportive, technique-oriented and goal-driven

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

I will take responsibility for your training on the basic techniques and laboratory skills at first, leading to more independence later. Some advanced techniques will also be trained by my experienced post doc or PhD students.

Progression monitoring and management:

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

Communication:

I am happy to discuss any issues that are affecting your ability to fulfil your potential or my/our expectations.

For the following questions please select just one option
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 week

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, but my pattern of being contactable for an instant response is not predictable.

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 2 week’s notice to provide feedback on written work of up to 5000 words.