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The Doctoral and Researcher College is led by Professor Adrian Williams, Dean of Postgraduate Research Studies and Researcher Development. He is supported in his work at the Doctoral and Researcher College by a strong team of experienced and highly committed staff who are available to help if you have any queries.

The Doctoral and Researcher College works closely with our directors of postgraduate research across the University. 

Meet our School directors of postgraduate research

Professor Adrian Williams

More information about Professor Adrian Williams




Adrian is responsible for all matters relating to research students within the University.

Adrian completed his own PhD in 1990 in drug delivery at the University of Bradford, after which he stayed as a faculty member in the School of Pharmacy where he was promoted to Professor. He moved to the University of Reading in 2004. Since then he has been appointed as the Head of Pharmacy, Head of the School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy and, most recently, as Research Dean for the Agriculture, Food and Health Research Theme.

Throughout his academic career Adrian has continued as a Professor of Pharmaceutics and retains a strong research group.

He has published over 150 research papers, review articles and book chapters and has authored two books. He has given numerous invited lectures at international conferences.

He has a strong track record in supporting early career researchers and has supervised over 60 PhD and postdoctoral researchers. He continues to deliver specialist teaching on skin and its diseases to the third-year MPharm students in the Reading School of Pharmacy.

Adrian has been awarded fellowships by the UK Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Higher Education Academy.

Please contact the Doctoral Research Office for:

  • matters relating to enrolment and registration status
  • queries relating to immigration and Tier 4/Student visa regulations for postgraduate research.


Telephone: 44 (0)118 378 4741 or 44 (0)118 378 4740

Usual office hours: Monday to Friday: 09:00–13:00 and 14:00–16:30 (except on Wednesday when the DRO closes at 15:00)

Please check before you make a special visit to ensure a member of staff will be available to see you.

Please contact the Doctoral and Researcher College Office for general enquiries about postgraduate research at Reading or for any queries about:

  • the Reading Researcher Development Programme (RRDP)
  • facilities in Old Whiteknights House
  • support for events and conferences related to postgraduate research.


Telephone: +44 (0)118 378 5063

Office hours: Monday to Friday: 09:00–13:00 and 14:00–16:30