Supervisor Evaluation Form: Dr Alastair Potts
Dear Student,

I was never taught how to be a supervisor ​— it's all been on-the-job learning. And I know that, in all likelihood, I made some (many?) mistakes as a supervisor. Some of these I may not be aware of. I also realise that there are probably some things that I do really well as a supervisor ​— and maybe I don't know about the things that I do right and you appreciate. It is only through feedback that I learn.

Please could you take a moment to provide feedback on my supervision ​— the good and the bad. It provides me with the rare opportunity to reflect on how I supervise. Much of what I do well is because students have told me what I have done badly, and I worked on fixing it.

I thank you for your time and honesty. I promise to take all criticisms with the spirit in with which you share them ​— to allow me to become a better supervisor.

I've asked for your name and title of your thesis or project, but feel free to not fill this in if you wish to remain anonymous (but also realise that it may not be anonymous given how few postgraduate students I supervise each year).

Please note that if there are issues around my supervision that you feel too uncomfortable about raising in this evaluation, please consider letting the Head of the Botany Department or Director of School know about these. You have rights as a student ​— and that includes having a good supervisor.

Thank you,
Alastair
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Title of thesis/project
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Statements
For each of the statements below you are requested to respond on a five-point scale:
1=strongly disagree, 2=disagree, 3=neutral, 4=agree, or 5=strongly agree.
You may also provide further comments on the statements below in the following text box.
My supervisor established clear and explicit mutual expectations of the supervision process with me.
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My supervisor established clear and explicit mutual expectations of the supervision process with me. [Further Comments]
My supervisor and I worked out a timeframe for my research project with target dates for completing the various stages of the research.
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My supervisor and I worked out a timeframe for my research project with target dates for completing the various stages of the research. [Further Comments]
My supervisor and I established a compatible working relationship.
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My supervisor and I established a compatible working relationship. [Further Comments]
My supervisor was readily accessible for consultation or advice during the agreed consultation times.
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My supervisor was readily accessible for consultation or advice during the agreed consultation times.[Further Comments]
My supervisor has a good knowledge of the research I am undertaking.
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My supervisor has a good knowledge of the research I am undertaking.[Further Comments]
My supervisor always assisted me in addressing any problems that I encountered in my research.
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My supervisor always assisted me in addressing any problems that I encountered in my research. [Further Comments]
My supervisor always provided prompt feedback on my work.
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My supervisor always provided prompt feedback on my work. [Further Comments]
My supervisor always provided constructive feedback on my work.
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My supervisor always provided constructive feedback on my work. [Further Comments]
My supervisor always encouraged my research and helped me to maintain enthusiasm for my work.
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My supervisor always encouraged my research and helped me to maintain enthusiasm for my work.[Further Comments]
I would recommend my supervisor to other students.
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I would recommend my supervisor to other students.[Further Comments]
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The best aspect(s) of the supervision I have received were:
The aspect(s) of supervision that could be improved were:
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