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A PhD FOR LECTURERS – University of Reading

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Are you a lecturer working outside the UK wishing to gain a PhD and develop your skills in teaching and learning? Our PhD Plus programme can help you do this at no additional cost.


The PhD Plus programme is specially designed for individuals teaching in universities outside of the UK who are looking to develop their skills and experience. At no additional cost, this enhanced PhD programme offers participants the chance to gain an insight into teaching and learning within the UK Higher Education sector, and undertake specialist training, whilst simultaneously pursuing PhD study. PhD Plus is available in all of our doctoral research areas .


To register your interest or find out more about PhD Plus, email Dr Pam Stuart

“All PhD students who are lecturers in their home institutions would benefit from this golden opportunity”.

Shakirat Ibrahim, PhD graduate in Agricultural Economics

What the programme offers


By registering for the PhD Plus programme, you will be guaranteed a place on our Preparing to Teach programme.

You will also receive additional training, specific to overseas lecturers, on:

  • designing, preparing and delivering successful lectures
  • managing behaviour and engaging students
  • supporting student welfare and wellbeing


The programme provides you with the opportunity to participate in a yearly seminar led by senior staff, on teaching and learning, and higher education in the UK.

Practical skills

You have the choice of improving your skills either:

  • by practical experience, based on delivering at least three teaching sessions, with peer review and feedback


  • through our Academic Mentoring scheme, which, over the course of a term, allows you to shadow and receive mentoring from a senior member of teaching staff as they design, deliver and review a number of teaching sessions. 

An opportunity to attain Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy status (AFHEA pathway for doctoral researchers)

Enhance your opportunities for promotion with AFHEA status, a nationally, and increasingly internationally recognised professional teaching status which provides a number of benefits:

  • it consolidates your personal development and emphasises your professional practice in higher education
  • enables you to use the letters - AFHEA after your name
  • it provides a valuable measure of success and is increasingly sought by employers across the education sector as a condition of appointment and promotion.

From 2019, those who have completed the Preparing to Teach programme may be eligible for our mostly portfolio-based pathway to support doctoral researchers in attaining Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy status.*

*Progression to the AFHEA pathway will depend upon sufficient teaching hours (a minimum of twenty across the academic year) which enable candidates to engage in supporting teaching and learning, and support from the doctoral supervisor and Head of School (or equivalent). There may also be an interview process for the pathway. The pathway will consist of some compulsory taught sessions and writing workshops to support your application for professional recognition.

Completion Certificate

All participants undertaking the programme will receive a certificate confirming that they have completed the programme.

Postdoctoral Visiting Fellowship 

After completing the programme, you will be eligible to apply for a two-year Postdoctoral Visiting Fellowship at the University of Reading following completion of your PhD. For further information, please go to the section 'Honorary, Visiting and Courtesy Titles' at Academic and Governance Services - policies and reference documents.

“I gained a real experience of the British teaching culture”.

Michael Dzandu, PhD student in the Henley Business School.



To be eligible for the PhD Plus programme, you must:

  • have applied to and been accepted for a PhD at the University of Reading in any of our doctoral research areas
  • be paying tuition fees at the overseas rate
  • be a lecturer or senior lecturer in your home institution (which must be based outside the UK)
  • normally be located in Reading for at least one year of your registration period

You are normally expected to complete the PhD Plus programme elements during your second or third year of study. However, you may wish to undertake some of the elements in your first year.

"I was introduced to novel teaching techniques, methodologies and practices, which I could compare and contrast with those in my home country and learn from good practice. This will be immensely beneficial for my teaching in the years to come."

Menuka Ugugama, PhD student in Agriculture 


find out more 

 If you are interested in participating in the PhD Plus programme or wish to find out more, contact Dr Pam Stuart

Discover the next steps

If you are thinking of applying for a doctoral research programme, find out what you need to do next.

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