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Academic support in the Department

The Department has more than 20 research-active staff members available to supervise our PhD students.

If you’re involved in interdisciplinary projects or projects with an external partner, you may be supported by a supervisor from outside the University and interact with a wider range of staff.

Expert interdisciplinary supervision and training are provided by specialist supervisors, a biannual Advisory Panel, and, by application, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Science of the Environment: Natural and Anthropogenic Processes, Impacts and Opportunities (SCENARIO) Doctoral Training Partnerships.

Support from the Graduate School

The Graduate School is the University of Reading's hub for doctoral students, based in a dedicated building on Whiteknights campus. It provides advice, training, study facilities and professional development for all doctoral students at the University.

The Graduate School is dedicated to ensuring you get the most out of your PhD and fulfil your potential as a researcher. It runs a number of free programmes to help you develop academically and professionally.

Reading Researcher Development Programme

This core training programme is designed to help you successfully complete your PhD and improve your personal effectiveness.

It includes sessions on writing skills, managing data, interviews and how to get your work published.

Leadership Programme

Designed in partnership with Henley Business School, this programme is designed specifically for you to develop your skills in leadership.

You'll enhance your understanding, experience and practice of leading and have the opportunity to explore your own capabilities.

Preparing to Teach

Preparing to Teach equips you with the teaching skills you'll need if you're considering a career as an academic.

You'll develop knowledge on effective teaching and learning, how to assess students' work and how to provide feedback.

PhD Plus

This is an enhanced PhD programme for individuals who already teach in universities outside the UK.

With PhD Plus you'll gain an insight into teaching within the UK's higher education sector during your PhD study, at no extra cost.

English language support

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If English is not your first language, the University's International Study and Language Institute (ISLI) can help you develop your academic English skills.

ISLI also offers three doctoral thesis writing programmes in partnership with the Graduate School. These are available free of charge to EU and international students.

Disability support

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The University provides a number of support services for people who have accessibility or additional learning needs.
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