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Dr Juliet Coates

J Coates

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Dr Juliet Coates

School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham

Research Interests

Juliet's research interests include development, evolution, plant science and cell biology - in particular understanding how plants made the transition to land and how they survived once they got there. Dr Coates has a very strong interest in supporting inclusion and diversity in research, teaching and academic processes.

Scientific Inspiration

There is not one ‘who’. I believe that we need to understand humans and human behaviour/interpersonal relationships as well as our chosen subject to be a really great scientist.

Supervision Style

In three words or phrases: Compassionate, inclusive, student-centred.

Provision of Training

We will define your training programme together based on your strengths and needs. Support will come from myself and the wider community as required. My aim is for you to become an independent and collaborative scientist.

I am experienced in inclusive supervision and have an excellent understanding of DEI issues including disability and neurodiversity.

Progression Monitoring and Management

We will define both your broad aims and specific objectives together with regular support from myself and the broader community. We have regular meetings in addition to the ‘required’ progression contact points, and can instigate further support as you need.


We communicate in whatever ways work best for the individual, with balanced and realistic/reasonable expectations of each others’ working arrangements.

I work part time, part-remote and flexibly; I am responsive to email and can be available by Zoom if I am working from home. I do not work weekends.

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 week

In year 2 of PhD study

At least once a week

In year 3 of PhD study

At least once a week

These meetings will be a mixture face to face or via video chat or telephone. I am usually contactable for an instant response on every working day unless I am on annual leave or teaching. This may be in-person or online.

Working Patterns

The timing of work in my lab is flexible, and other than attending pre-arranged meetings, I expect students to manage their own time.

Notice Period for Feedback

I need at least 1 week's notice to provide feedback on written work of up to 5000 words.