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ASK Advisers

Our departmental ASK Advisers

Sometimes you have a quick query that might best be answered by someone within your department - but you don't want to bother your tutor with it. You might want to know how to format a reference for a particular resource used only in your discipline - or what a particular term used in your subject means. In term-time, you may be able to consult an ASK Adviser.

ASK stands for Academic Skills and Know-how. ASK Advisers are postgraduate research students in your department who are trained and mentored by the Study Advice team. Like Study Advisers, they can't proof read your work, or give you specific answers to your assignments. But they do have local experience of how things work in your department, and are uniquely placed to give you advice based on their knowledge and experience. And if your query is beyond their scope, they'll suggest the best person for you to contact, whether that's your tutor, a Study Adviser, or a librarian.

Currently there are ASK Advisers in the following departments:


Food science and Nutrition

Henley Business School

Politics and International Relations


Economics - Adesola Sunmoni

Drop-in hours: Wednesday 10:30-11:30 at Edith Morley 193

  Adesola Sunmoni

About Adesola:

I am a Lecturer in Economics with research interests in Development Economics and Labour Economics. I obtained my PhD in Economics from the University of Reading in 2022 and am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I currently teach various undergraduate and postgraduate modules within the department. As the department’s ASK advisor, I am happy to assist with referencing inquiries, provide guidance on essay planning, conduct literature searches, and offer general support for your studies. You can email me at:

Food Science and Nutrition - Manxi Huang

Drop in hours: Tuesday from 13:00 - 14:00 Harry Nursten Room 2-64


About Manxi:

I am a PhD student in food nutritional science, with a dedicated focus on coffee waste valorisation in functional food ingredients. With over 5 years of study experience at the University of Reading, I am willing to navigate the extensive resources and help you make the most of our library. You can email me at:

Henley Business School - Chris Mallett

Drop-in hours: Monday to Friday 09:00 - 17:00

 Chris Mallet picture

Venue: Henley Business School G02

I am a Library Assistant at Henley Business School Library Whiteknights with a bachelor’s degree in geography and sociology from Keele University and an MA in library and information studies from University College London. I can assist you with referencing enquiries and provide guidance on essay planning and conducting literature searches. You can email me at:

Philosophy - Paul Man

Drop-in hours: Wednesdays 12:00 -13:00

Summer term ASK sessions of the Department of Philosophy run from Wk 2 to Wk 5 only

Paul Man

Venue: Edith Morley G62

A Hong Kong-based poet and painter, Paul is writing a PhD thesis on truth and literature. He received his PhD in Chinese literature from the University of Edinburgh, as well as a few MA/MSc degrees from various universities around the world.

You are welcome to email Paul at


Politics and International Relations - Jacob Thomas-Llewellyn

Feedback hours: Thursday 13:00-15:00


Venue: Edith Morley 411

About Jacob: 

I am an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations. My research interests extend to military strategy in Second World War, 13th century operations in Southern France and 17th century warfare. I obtained my doctorate from the Department of History at the University of Reading in September 2023. Currently, I am engaged in lecturing on both undergraduate and postgraduate modules. As the department ASK advisor, my door is always open to discuss essay writing, preparation for exams and to provide any other support you might require in the course of your studies.


You can email me at: