Language training opens up to doctoral researchers


Starting this year, all Doctoral researchers at Reading have the opportunity to broaden their skills and employability by studying a language free of charge. The Institution-wide Language Programme (IWLP), run by the University’s International Study and Language Institute, offers 11 different languages ranging from Mandarin to Italian. Available from beginner to advanced level, these courses are an excellent platform for broadening both your life experiences in a multilingual, multicultural world and your overall employability in a competitive job market.

From the 2013/14 academic year, doctoral researchers are entitled to take one module per year (or one every two years if you are undertaking your research part-time), with the cost covered by your academic School if you continue with the course beyond the first three weeks. Beyond the third week of the module, you will be expected to attend all classes (barring exceptional circumstances) and to complete all assessment tasks. You will also be asked to comment on your attendance of any IWLP module in your annual progress reports. If you complete these courses, you will have access to further free language training in future years (if not, training will still be available but fees will apply).

With registration for IWLP classes open until Friday 11th October, those interested should act promptly to secure a place on their desired module (though late applicants can still enquire about availability). You should seek approval from your primary supervisor or Director of PGR Studies before completing online registration. Full details can be found on the IWLP website at

Courses start from the 14th October.