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Good Practice Guides (Staff)

The Graduate School has developed several Good Practice Guides for staff, which are designed to complement the University's formal policies. They are also intended to be considered in conjunction with the training sessions organised jointly by CSTD and the Graduate School. They focus primarily on practice at Reading.

Please note that, if you are looking to advertise for / appoint to a research studentship, please see our related guidance for staff, which is set out on a separate page.

Further guides will be uploaded to this page as they are developed. If you have a suggestion for a topic of a future Good Practice guides, please email


  • PHD EXAMINERS: GOOD Practice Guide (pdf -282kb)
  • This guide is for academics involved in the examination process and it sets out what is involved, how it might best be approached, exactly where responsibilities lie (as either internal or external examiner) and the standards you should be looking for. It is designed to complement (and reference) the University's formal policy covering this area, enshrined in the Guide for Examiners for Higher Degrees by Research.

 This guide is designed for the benefit of those supervising doctoral students and it aims to supplement different levels of hands-on experience. It takes you through the process and provides further pointers as to the good practice that should be adopted.

 The purpose of this brief guide is to help supervisors and directors of PGR studies to recognise when their students might be suffering from mental wellbeing related issues, to provide appropriate support, and to refer them on to other services when appropriate.


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