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Academic support within the Department

Your PhD supervision

When you undertake your PhD, you'll be assigned two supervisors within the Department. They'll meet you regularly to provide support and help you shape, refine, and progress your research. Additionally, two academics will review your progress annually and offer further input and advice on your work.

 

PhD students also attend a weekly seminar series where they discuss their own research and the research of their fellow students, exploring questions, strategies, methods, challenges and outcomes. Seminars are joined by academic staff and guest researchers who support the discussions and share their knowledge and experience.

Design Star

We have led the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Design Star Centre for Doctoral Training, which from 2015 to 2018 offered studentship funding for innovative doctoral projects across a consortium of leading universities and external partners.

 

The Centre continues to offer research training opportunities, such as seminars and researcher development events, to all PhD students in our Department.

 

Through this training, the Centre aims to equip students with the ability to make a difference to contemporary social issues, knowledge production, and creative practices by taking an interdisciplinary approach to design research.

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 free programmes to help you develop academically and professionally. 

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Reading Researcher Development Programme

This core 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.

 
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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  leadership capabilities.

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Preparing to Teach

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

 

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

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PhD Plus

This is an enhanced PhD programme for individuals who already teach in universities outside the UK.

 

With PhD Plus you'll gain an insight into teaching within the UK's higher education sector during your PhD study, at no extra cost.

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's Disability Advisory Service provides a number of support services for people who have accessibility or additional learning needs.