Hello, I am considering applying to graduate school for study in statistics in possibly a year or two. I know from studying both at residential universities and distance learning that I respond well to supervisors who provide good pastoral support and can have a chat about more than just coursework. I do not enjoy working with, or respond well to, supervisors who are all business or quite hands off. I feel like I am communicating with a sophisticated search engine: lots of useful, relevant information but not exactly friendly. How might I find out what potential supervisors are like, without coming across as weird or inappropriate? Can I just ask the admissions office for email addresses of current graduate students? Or is it OK to make contact with lecturers and ask their supervisory style? Thanks in advance.