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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: 



Economics/Polictics and International Relations and NUIST Economics 

Food science and Nutrition

Henley Business School

Politics and International Relations


Classics - Edward Ross

Drop in hours: Mondays 3-4pm and Thursdays 1-2pm online via MS Teams

About Edward: Edward Ross

I am a PhD student in Classics examining the poly-religious culture of Hellenistic Bactria, in particular the interactions between Ancient Greeks and Buddhists in the 3rd to 1st centuries BCE. I completed my undergraduate degree in Classics and Asian Religions at McGill University and my Master of Buddhist Studies at the University of Hong Kong. You can also find me leading first-year seminars in Archaic Greek History.

As your ASK Advisor, I am here to answer short queries about academic writing and language learning. You can meet me on Mondays from 3-4 PM or on Thursdays from 1-2 PM over Microsoft Teams. Please email me at so that I can send you the meeting links. I am also happy to arrange a meeting outside my regular hours if you contact me over email. Please do note that you can still contact me during week 6 of the spring term with any questions you may have. I look forward to meeting you all this year.

Economics/Politics and International Relations and Nuist economics - Hafsa shoukat and Adesola Sunmoni

Hafsa will be providing the ASK service for all students. Adesola will be providing a targeted ASK service for NUIST students only.

Hafsa Shoukat

Drop-in hours: Tuesdays 2.00pm to 3.00pm in Edith Morley 78


Hafsa ShoukatAbout Hafsa:

 I am a 3rd year PhD student. My research focuses on Defense Economics and Applied Macro-Econometrics. I am also working as a Sessional Lecturer and Star International Mentor. Please feel free to contact me if you need any assistance on study-related issues such as referencing and layout, finding resources and planning work schedules etc. Email Hafsa at:



Adesola Sunmoni

Drop in hours for Adesola (for NUIST students only): Mondays 11:30 to 12:30, Wednesdays 11.00 to 12.00 in Edith Morley 178.

AAdesola Sunmonibout Adesola:  

I am a 2nd Year PhD Economics candidate and my research interests are: Labour Economics with focus on migration, Development Economics and Applied Microeconomics. I hold an MSc Economics degree from the University of Surrey and a BSc Economics degree from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. I am currently working on the labour market response of left behind household members to the migration of an economically active household member. Email Adesola at:




Food Science and Nutrition - Lucy Turner

Drop in hours: Tuesdays 1.00-2.00pm in the Food PC room.Lucy Turner

About Lucy:

I am a fourth year PhD student in Food Science and Nutrition looking at linking biochemistry and genetics in celery to taste and flavour perceived by consumers: developing a more acceptable product. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Reading in Nutrition and Food Science with an industrial placement and graduated in 2017.
My role as an ASK Advisor is to answer any queries on starting and structuring essays and reports, using references to support your arguments, time management, and a range of other study skills. I aim to help you with any problems you may have using my knowledge and experience gained from my studies in the department. Email Lucy at:

Henley Business School - Neil O'Brien

Drop in hours: Thursdays, 3.00-4.00 in the Henley Business School LibraryNeil O'Brien ASK

About Neil:

I work as Senior Library Assistant at Henley Business School across both Whiteknights and Greenlands campuses. My undergraduate degree is in Typography and Graphic Communication from Reading University. My MA is in Information Management from the University of West London. I have worked in academic libraries for over ten years in roles such as Library Assistant and Subject Librarian. Working in the ARC, I have good knowledge of Business, Finance and Real Estate resources, including: books and journals (print and online), case studies, market reports and subject databases. As an ASK Advisor I can assist undergraduate and postgraduate students with using the ARC and the University Library, referencing, research skills, academic writing, as well as general study and student related advice. Email Neil at:

Philosophy - Matthew Norris

Drop-in hours: Tuesdays 1-2pm

Venue: Edith Morley G62

Matthew_NorrisMatthew Norris's ASK hours for autumn will be Tuesdays 1-2pm, room G62 Edith Morley. Matthew is a UoR-funded PhD student working in philosophy of religion, metaphysics, and epistemology. His doctoral thesis concern the compatibility of divine foreknowledge and creaturely freedom, particularly in the context of a holochronically timeless account of God's being, and pays special attention to the work of Thomas Aquinas and Luis de Molina. He received his MPhil in Early Modern History at the University of Cambridge and a BA in History and Philosophy at the University of Reading Email Matthew:


Politics and International Relations - Dr Matthew Whiting

Feedback hours: Tuesdays 10.00-12.00 

Venue: Edith Morley Building, room 182 (please book an appointment)Dr Matthew Whiting

About Matthew:

I am a lecturer in British and Comparative Politics, with a particular focus on how states respond to internal conflict. I teach courses on Introduction to Comparative Democracy and British Politics and Government. I also teach study skills sessions for students who are new to Reading. I am very happy to help with any of your general study skills queries. Email Matthew at:

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