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Academic support in the School

We are there to support you during your time at the University.

You will be supported by two academic supervisors, as well as by independent assessors. Our supervision is designed to ensure you receive a wealth of experience and assistance to avoid potential challenges. Our staff are approachable and on hand to advise and assist you throughout your time at University.

We offer several opportunities to enhance your development personally and professionally. Opportunities include workshops, research group meetings and seminars, presentations of your own work, and teaching within the School. 

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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.

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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.

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PhD Plus

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

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

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English language support

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.

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Disability support

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

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