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Dr Ewan Ross

In three words or phrases: Supportive, collaborative, detail-orientated

Provision of Training

For laboratory techniques, I will provide training and support as well as supervising you on your initial experiments. You will be given training for all techniques required throughout the PhD to help you achieve the experimental aims. You will be supported in the laboratory by other more experienced students within the laboratory as required. I will expect you to become more independent as you become more familiar with the core techniques. If there are specific problems or technical issues I expect to be informed and I will aim to help you resolve these in conjunction with other group members. Training for professional skills and data interpretation/management are already in place, and further help and advice will always be available.

Progression Monitoring and Management

I will expect you to gradually take full ownership of the project as you progress, becoming more independent. I will meet with you formally once a week in order to discuss data generated that week, looking at the raw data and your interpretation of this. However, I would like to be kept up to date with progress, and results where appropriate as new discoveries are made or problems are encountered. I would also like you to develop your thinking in the role and we will set targets for written work and research goals. I will always be available to you for advice or guidance on your professional goals in the role and offer help as required.


A good communication strategy is key to optimizing the effectiveness of the supervisor/student relationship. I operate an open door policy and will make myself available to you as required. We will keep in touch through group chats (WhatsApp and other social media if required) as well as regular email or online conference calls as appropriate.

PhD Students can expect scheduled meetings with me:

In a group meeting

At least once per fortnight

In year 1 of PhD study

At least once per week

In year 2 of PhD study

At least once per week

In year 3 of PhD study

At least once per week

These meetings will be a mixture of face to face, via video chat, or telephone and I am usually contactable for an instant response (if required) on every working day.

Working Pattern

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

Project Details

Dr Ewan Ross is co-supervisor on a project with Dr Felix Chan.