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Prof Andy Wilson

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Prof Andy Wilson

School of Chemistry, University of Birmingham

Scientific Inspiration

I don’t have a sole scientific inspiration – they are in so many places. My supervisors – David Leigh FRS, Andy Hamilton FRS and Bert Meijer, my other mentors, collaborators, current and former co-workers!

Supervision Style

In three words or phrases: outcome-oriented, supportive and tailored.

Provision of Training

I endeavour to provide an environment where myself alongside experienced PhD and postdoctoral coworkers can support and encourage training in technical and complementary skills. Our aim is to foster the confidence and independence to take on new research techniques and explore new research concepts.

Progression Monitoring and Management

I find it useful to formally review progress (usually) on a monthly basis with a short report submitted in advance, which allows us both to prepare and think about how to troubleshoot any problems and/or prioritise next steps. At the same time, I like to chat informally on a regular basis and will come into lab to see how things are going on most days. Ultimately, we need a structure that allows you to be the one tell me “what we should do next” by the end of your PhD.


The group make use of TEAMS for general messaging and I like to be around lab for informal discussion. I might share information with the group and will often respond to e-mail outside normal working hours, but I do not expect you to do the same and am keen to support a work/life balance that works for you.

PhD Students can expect scheduled meetings with me:

In a group meeting

At least once a fortnight

In year 1 of PhD study

At least once a month

In year 2 of PhD study

At least once a month

In year 3 of PhD study

At least once a month

These meetings will be mainly face to face, and I am usually contactable for an instant response on every working day.

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 Period for Feedback

I need at least 2 weeks' notice to provide feedback on written work of up to 5000 words.