Open Day for AHRC SWW Studentships

On 1 December 2015, the University of Reading will host an Open Day to provide an opportunity for those interested in applying to the AHRC SWW DTP for a PhD studentship to learn more about postgraduate research and training at Reading. It is open to those who were not able to attend the SWW DTP Information Day on the 23 November, as well as to those who wish to visit the University of Reading after that event.

This Open Day will enable you to learn more about the AHRC SWW DTP and the University of Reading. It will provide:
• a workshop on developing and writing an AHRC SWW DTP PhD research proposal and application,
• an opportunity to meet current SWW DTP students and academic staff, as well as prospective supervisors by prior arrangement by e-mail with them,
• and a tour of related Departments and facilities.

The event will be held at the Graduate School, University of Reading from 2-4pm on Tuesday 1 December. If you wish to attend please contact Dr Wendy Matthews (

For more information on the wide range of Doctoral research and training opportunities and AHRC funded studentships offered by the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership please see the SWW DTP web-site:

Thinking of doing a PhD?

Are you a Reading master’s student or final year undergraduate thinking about doing a PhD? Come along to the Graduate School’s ‘A PhD: What, me?’ workshop on Wednesday 18 November 2-4 pm (Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Business) or Wednesday 25 November 2-4 pm (Science/Life Sciences) in Palmer 109.

This event is aimed at those students considering embarking on a research degree or who just want to know more. Topics covered include:
• What is a PhD?
• Life as a PhD student
• Entry requirements
• The admissions process
• Writing a research proposal
• How the Graduate School can support you
• Funding opportunities at Reading

If you’d like to attend, please complete the online booking form.

If you can’t make the above event, then you can download the Graduate School’s guide to doing a PhD at Reading.

Reading PhD researcher at UN Event

UN photo

Lorenzo Todorow di San Giorgio is a doctoral researcher in the Henley Business School and has recently submitted his doctoral thesis.

In June 2015, Lorenzo attended the ‘Business for Peace’ 15th anniversary at the UN headquarters in New York as an academic researcher in sustainable business, multi-stakeholder dialogue and stakeholder engagement.
Here is his report of the event:

“The Business for Peace 15th anniversary was a three-day event in which participants had the chance to exchange ideas on how businesses can strengthen their potential role in fostering peace in war-affected areas. In attendance were CEOs and representatives from multinational companies (e.g. Unilever, Nestle, Pirelli, L’Oreal), representatives of the UN (UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the UN president Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, the UN Global Compact Executive Director Georg Kell, the UN deputy-secretay Jan Eliasson) and representatives of important civil and academic institutions.

Over the course of the three days, there were several panel-discussions, round-table talks and a number of presentations delivered by key figures within the business and non-business sectors. During the plenary session, I was involved in discussions on the key challenges facing academia in supporting businesses to contribute to peace in conflict-affected areas. I talked about the importance of stakeholder engagement to achieve this important goal.

Another group discussion gave me the opportunity to share my ideas and research findings on multi-stakeholder dialogue activities with delegates from a variety of different sectors, but who all see dialogue as one of the main driving forces for business to become a force for good. During the third day we attended an exciting plenary session in the General Assembly Hall, where the UN President, the UN Secretary General, the UN Global Compact and other important representatives of businesses and civil organisations delivered speeches which highlighted the support of the UN to sustainable and responsible business practices around the world.

It was both an intense and fascinating experience, and I was extremely proud to represent the University of Reading during such a high-profile event. I hope to keep collaborating on research projects with the UN and to help promote the importance of dialogical practices both within academia and the business sector.”