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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 - Jian Chen

Drop-in hours: Wednesday 10:00-12:00 at Edith Morley 178

 Jian Chen

About Jian:

I’m a lecturer in Economics. My research focuses on stochastic volatility modelling, financial market jumps and risk forecasting. Before this, I completed my PhD in Finance at ICMA Centre, University of Reading. I am also an FRM Charterholder certified by GARP (Global Association of Risk Professionals). I’m happy to assist you if you need supports in your studies. Please feel free to contact me at

Food Science and Nutrition - Mahide Muge Yilmaz

Drop in hours: Tuesday from 14:00 - 16:00 Harry Nursten Room 2-64

 Mahide Muge Yilmaz

About Muge:

I am a 3rd-year PhD student in Food and Nutritional Sciences. My research focuses on the pathogenic bacterium Listeria monocytogenes and its stress resistance mechanisms. I have a bachelor’s degree in food engineering from Ankara University and a double MSc degree in Food Processing and Food Microbiology from Ankara University and the University of Reading respectively. I have been taking roles in the department as a laboratory demonstrator and helping MSc and undergraduate student, who studies Food Microbiology, with their final projects. My recent role as an ASK adviser is providing you support and advice with your studies. Please feel free to contact me at if you need guidance on study-related queries.   

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 (Weeks 2-5 and 7-11)

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 - Amanda Hall

Feedback hours:

Mondays 13:00 – 15:00 (or by appointment)

Venue: Edith Morley Building, room 182

About Amanda:

Amanda Hall picture

I am a lecturer in politics and international relations, with a research focus on the quality of peace and violence after negotiated settlements - particularly the case of Northern Ireland. I teach on the department's academic skills modules, undergraduate modules in international relations, and both undergraduate and postgraduate modules about terrorism and political violence. As the Department's ASK Advisor I can provide support at different stages of the learning process, from advice on reading strategically and contributing to seminars in the department through to conducting research in politics and IR, structuring an essay, and referencing conventions. You can email me at