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Are you a university lecturer looking to gain a PhD and develop your skills in teaching and learning? Our PhD Plus programme can help you do this at no additional cost.

  • Funded PhD Programme (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Programme (European/UK Students Only)

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Are you a university lecturer looking to gain a PhD and develop your skills in teaching and learning?
Our PhD Plus programme can help you do this at no additional cost.

WHAT IS PHD PLUS?
Our PhD Plus programme is specially designed for individuals teaching in universities outside of the UK who are looking to develop their skills and experience. This enhanced PhD programme offers participants the chance to gain an insight into teaching and learning within the UK Higher Education sector, and undertake specialist training, whilst simultaneously pursuing PhD study.

WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY
“All PhD students who are lecturers in their home institutions would benefit from this golden opportunity”. Shakirat Ibrahim, PhD graduate in Agricultural Economics.
“I gained a real experience of the British teaching culture”. Michael Dzandu, PhD student in the Henley Business School.
“I was introduced to novel teaching techniques, methodologies and practices, which I could compare and contrast with those in my home country and learn from good practice. This will be immensely beneficial for my teaching in the years to come.” Menuka Udugama, PhD student in Agriculture.


KEY BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAMME

Training
By registering for the PhD Plus programme, you will be guaranteed a place on our Preparing to Teach programme. You will also receive additional training, specific to overseas lecturers, on:

• designing, preparing and delivering successful lectures
• managing behaviour and engaging students
• supporting student welfare and wellbeing

Seminars
The programme provides you with the opportunity to participate in a yearly seminar led by senior staff, on teaching and learning, and higher education in the UK.
Practical skills
You have the choice of improving your skills either:
• by practical experience, based on delivering at least three teaching sessions, with peer review and feedback
or
• through our Academic Mentoring scheme, which, over the course of a term, allows you to shadow and receive mentoring from a senior member of teaching staff as they design, deliver and review a number of teaching sessions.

Completion Certificate
All participants undertaking the programme will receive a certificate confirming that they have completed the programme.

Further opportunities
After completing the programme, you will be eligible to apply for a two-year Postdoctoral Visiting Fellowship at the University of Reading following completion of your PhD. For further information, please go to the section 'Honorary, Visiting and Courtesy Titles' at Academic and Governance Services - policies and reference documents.

ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible for the PhD Plus programme, you must:
• have applied to and been accepted for a PhD at the University of Reading
• be paying tuition fees at the overseas rate
• be a lecturer or senior lecturer in your home institution (which must be based outside the UK)
• be located in Reading for at least 50% of your registration period.
You are normally expected to complete the PhD Plus programme elements during your second or third year of study. However, you may wish to undertake some of the elements in your first year.

HOW TO APPLY
If you are interested in participating in the PhD Plus programme, you should:
1. Apply for admission to your PhD through our online application system.
2. Contact Dr Pam Stuart to indicate your interest in the PhD Plus programme and she will confirm the simple PhD Plus application process

FIND OUT MORE
To find further details and discover more about PhD opportunities at Reading then please visit our PhD Plus webpage . If you have a question please contact Dr Pam Stuart

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. It is available to citizens of a number of European countries (including the UK). In most cases this will include all EU nationals. However full funding may not be available to all applicants and you should read the full programme details for further information

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