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Dr Zoe Pikramenou

Dr Zoe Pikramenou

Dr Zoe Pikramenou
University of Birmingham
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

Professor J-M Lehn (Nobel Laureate) and Professor D.G Nocera (Patterson Rockwood Chair, Harvard) as inspiring and supporting mentors, providing always “the big picture” and excitement through research findings.

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

Guiding, collaborative, supportive.

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

From the beginning of your PhD we will draw plan for the training which will be updated every six months. Initial training in techniques is given by experienced researchers in the group and direct feedback from myself. As you develop your expertise you will be expected to lead in new methods and approached.

Progression monitoring and management:

I like to be kept up to date, and will expect to see evidence of method development/data generation results on a daily/weekly basis. In monthly meetings we discuss the overall plan, direction to achieve the goals of the project.

Communication:

We use a combination of face to face and online meetings. We use online chats for general group updates. We use a combination of 1:1 and small group meetings to exchange project updates in the group.

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 month

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?

A mixture of face to face or via video chat or telephone.

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.

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.