Graduate School welcomes 2013 Felix Scholars


The Graduate School had the pleasure of welcoming the University’s latest cohort of Felix Scholars at a reception held on 28 October. The event was attended by a number of Felix Scholars enrolled in previous years, along with a number of key academic and administrative staff.

The highly prestigious Felix Scholarships are awarded each year to PhD and Masters candidates from India and developing countries such as South Africa and Ghana. The selection process, which spans three Universities (Reading, Oxford and the School of Oriental & African Studies) is fiercely competitive and the candidates who are awarded funding can be confident that they have earned their place. Professor Dianne Berry OBE, Dean of Postgraduate Research Studies, said ‘Felix Scholars are consistently among our most impressive students, as shown by their having secured such a respected studentship. We are delighted to be able to welcome our new intake of Scholars to Reading’.

The main aim of the Felix Scholarship, whose Founder wished to remain anonymous, is to enable the best students to experience academic study and culture outside of their home country. The original country of choice for the recipients of the Felix Scholarship was India for several reasons: it has an excellent and broad pool of very fine educational establishments; it offers an excellent infrastructure to facilitate the selection of the Felix scholars; it has a very high regard for higher education and the English language, both written and spoken, is the second language at the majority of the higher education establishments. Since the first scholarships were awarded in 1991/92, over 250 students, the majority of which have been Indian, have completed their studies across the three Universities thanks to the generous funding provided by the Felix Scholarship.

Further information about the Felix Scholarships is available on their website at

Autumn term events

The Graduate School would like to welcome doctoral researchers both new and continuing, and to highlight some of the events taking place over the coming weeks…gs-harristreesl

Welcome event for all new doctoral researchers

Wednesday 23 October, 14.00-15.00
Madejski lecture theatre, Agriculture

An essential event for new doctoral research students, this will provide you with an introduction to what you need to know about academic life during your time at Reading, including information on:

  • What you can expect from the University Graduate School and what we will expect from you
  • Training requirements
  • Career development
  • Cross-campus personal development events

This is also an opportunity for you to meet other new doctoral researchers.

Attendance is highly recommended.


Breakfast club

Tuesday 29 October, 9.00-10.00 am
Graduate School (Old Whiteknights House)

Sometimes doing a PhD can get a little lonely, so put the books aside for an hour and come and meet others in the same boat as you! (Coffee, pastries and fruit provided.)

Free to attend, but so we know how many croissants to buy, please email


Seasonal celebration and annual Graduate School quiz

Wednesday 4 December, 17.00-19.00
Graduate School (Old Whiteknights House)

Tis’ the season to be jolly…and enjoy the Graduate School celebration!

Will your team triumph in the annual quiz and win an amazing prize ?
Will we run out of mulled wine and minced pies??
The only way to find out is to come along!
More details will be posted nearer the time – for now, just save the date.