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Academic support in the School

As a PhD student in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, you will be part of a large and vibrant community, and work alongside a thriving group of researchers.

You'll benefit from collaborative ventures that staff are engaged in and regular scientific meetings and workshops hosted by members of the School.

You are also supported to develop your own research networks, engage with policy-makers and undertake activities to develop the impact of your research activity.

Support from the Graduate School

The Graduate School is the University of Reading's hub for doctoral students, based in a dedicated building on Whiteknights campus. It provides advice, training, study facilities and professional development for all doctoral students at the University.

The Graduate School is dedicated to ensuring you get the most out of your PhD and fulfil your potential as a researcher. It runs a number of programmes to help you develop academically and professionally.


Reading Researcher Development Programme

This training programme is designed to help you successfully complete your PhD and improve your personal effectiveness.

It includes sessions on writing skills, managing data, interviews and how to get your work published.

Leadership programme

Designed in partnership with Henley Business School, this programme is designed specifically for you to develop your skills in leadership.

You'll enhance your understanding, experience and practice of leading and have the opportunity to explore your own capabilities.

Preparing to Teach

Preparing to Teach equips you with the teaching skills you'll need if you are considering a career as an academic.

You will develop knowledge on effective teaching and learning, how to assess students' work and how to provide feedback.

English language support

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If English is not your first language, the University's International Study and Language Institute (ISLI) can help you develop your academic English skills.

ISLI also offers three doctoral thesis writing programmes in partnership with the Graduate School. These are available free of charge to EU and international students.

Disability support

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The University provides a number of support services for people who have accessibility or additional learning needs.

Wellbeing support

The University’s dedicated range of specialist support teams are here for you, whether you are on campus or studying remotely.

We also offer the Life Tools programme, a series of free talks designed by experts to help you take control of your personal and professional development.

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