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Dr Kim Shahabudin – University of Reading

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Dr Kim Shahabudin

Dr Kim Shahabudin
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Study Adviser
Kim Shahabudin



  • one-to-one advice sessions with individual students on developing more effective study practices
  • general and department-based study skills teaching
  • develops paper and online resources to support student practices
  • maintains the Study Advice website and Twitter account 
  • liaises with departments in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences 

Kim is in the Study Advice offices from Tuesdays - Fridays. 

Areas of Interest

Kim is a University Teaching Fellow for 2018-19 and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She gained her PhD from Reading in 2006, writing her thesis on Ancient Greece in Popular Cinema. She has convened and taught modules at Part 1 and 2 in the Department of Classics on The Ancient World on Film.

Kim studied as a mature student for her first degree, and began her teaching career working with adults in further education. As a result, she has a particular interest in supporting mature students at university and has developed events to support new mature students at Reading.

Kim has been the recipient of a Student Nominated Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning twice, in 2007 and 2010, and (as a Study Advice team member) of a Team Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning in 2010, 2014 and 2018. She is active in supporting other University staff to obtain HEA Fellowships through the FLAIR scheme.

Research groups / Centres

Kim is a co-opted member of the teaching working group for the Classical Receptions Subject Network. She has been a Steering Group member for the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE) and chair of their LearnHigher Working Group. In 2012-13, Kim was a member of the University-funded 'What did I do wrong?' project, researching student attitudes and needs in the teaching of referencing practices. She is currently working with other members of the Study Advice team on developing content for the Study Smart OOC for new undergraduate students at the University.


In Learning Development:

(With Michelle Reid and Sonia Hood) Right time, right space? Developing an online transition course for new undergraduates, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education: Special Edition: ALDinHE Conference 2018 (2018), available online at

(With Helen Hathaway) Terms of reference: working together to develop student citation practices, in M. Schneider, H. Webster and J. Kelsall (eds.), Connecting the Dots: Collaboration Across Learning Support Professions in Higher Education to Enhance Student Learning, Huddersfield: Innovative Libraries Press (2016).

(With Michelle Reid and Sonia Hood) Effective interventions for maintaining Master's student motivation, in P. E. Kneale (ed.), Masters Level Teaching, Learning and Assessment: Issues in Design and Delivery, London: Palgrave (2015), 64-70.

(With Michelle Reid and Sonia Hood) Case study: the 24/7 Study Advice workshop, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education: Special Edition: Digital Technologies in Learning Development (2014), available online at

(With Andy Hagyard, John Hilsdon, Michelle Reid & Amanda Pocklington) Developing Digital Literacies: baselining report for the Association of Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE), (2012) online at

'Friend or foe?: The impact of new technologies on student time management at university', in P. Hartley, J. Hilsdon, C. Keenan, S. Sinfield & M. Verity (eds.), Learning Development in Higher Education, Palgrave Macmillan (2010).

(With Judy Turner) 'Enabling success for dyslexic students in Classics', CUCD Bulletin 38 (2009).

'Reaping the fruits of collaboration: learning development research in the LearnHigher CETL network', Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education 1.1 (2009), online at

Investigating effective resources to enhance student learning: An overview of LearnHigher research, 2005-2008, (2009), (online version currently unavailable, contact author for copy).

In Classics:

(With Alastair Blanshard), Classics on Screen: Ancient Greece and Rome on Film, Bristol Classical Press (2011).

'The appearance of history: Robert Rossen's Alexander the Great (1956)' in P. Cartledge and F. Greenland (eds.) , Responses to Alexander: Film, History and Culture Studies after Oliver Stone's Alexander, University of Wisconsin Press (2010).

(Edited with Dunstan Lowe), Classics for All: Reworking Antiquity in Mass Culture, Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2009).

'From Greek myth to Hollywood story: explanatory narrative in Troy (2004)' in Martin Winkler (ed) (2007) Troy: From Homer's Iliad to Hollywood Epic, Blackwell.

 'Roma Victor! The rebirth of the Roman epic film', Omnibus (Sept 2000).

(With Alastair Blanshard) 'Hercules the Movie Star!', Omnibus (Jan 2003).

'A Man of Large Appetites: the Cyclops in Popular Culture', Omnibus (Jan 2005).

Reviews include:

M. M. Winkler, The Roman Salute, The Classical Review 61.1 (2011).

G. Nisbet, Ancient Greece in Film and Popular Culture, The Classical Review 58.2 (2008).

M. M. Winkler (ed.), Classical Myth and Culture in the Cinema: M. M. Winkler (ed.), Gladiator: Film and History, Journal of Roman Studies 95 (2005).

M. M. Winkler (ed.), Gladiator: Film and History, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2004.07.40.

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