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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 in-person in Edith Morley (room undeterimined); Fridays 1-2pm online via MS Teams

About Edward: Edward_Ross2

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 second-year seminars in Classical Greek History and first-year Ancient Greek Language courses.

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 Fridays 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 - Hafsa shoukat

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:



Food Science and Nutrition - yara Chamata

Drop in hours: Yara_ChamataTuesday, starting October 5, from 1-2 pm on Blackboard

About Yara:

I am final year PhD student in Food and Nutritional Sciences. My research is centred around milk-derived peptides and their role in lowering blood pressure among hypertensive patients. I have a double bachelor's degree in Biology and Biochemistry, as well as a Master's degree in Food Chemistry. My extensive tutoring experience includes 5 years' experience as a private tutor in Biology and Chemistry, and 6 months' experience as a PhD tutor at the Brilliant Club. I am also a hall mentor at the University of Reading. In this job, I offer welfare support to students residing in halls and struggling with academic and personal matters. My role as an ASK adviser consists of providing you with study support and advice. Please feel free to e-mail me at if you need guidance on any study-related queries. I look forward to helping you using my research and tutoring experience.

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 - Amanda Hall

Feedback hours:

Tuesdays 11:00–12:00 (Teams)

Thursdays 14:00–15:00 (in person) 

Venue: Edith Morley Building, room 182

About Amanda:

Amanda Hall photoI 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 undergraduate modules in international organisations and a postgraduate module in international relations theory. 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

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