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I was searching for an exciting topic in the area of biological sciences for my PhD. I eventually found one at the University of Reading, but looking it up I realised that Reading had mixed reviews about it in general. I'm really confused, because I really love the topic, but the league tables are not much inclined towards Reading, and the university is not part of the Russell group as well. I wonder if there's someone who knows what PhD might be like at Reading? Any kind of help would really be appreciated.
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I was searching for an exciting topic in the area of biological sciences for my PhD. I eventually found one at the University of Reading, but looking it up I realised that Reading had mixed reviews about it in general. I'm really confused, because I really love the topic, but the league tables are not much inclined towards Reading, and the university is not part of the Russell group as well. I wonder if there's someone who knows what PhD might be like at Reading? Any kind of help would really be appreciated.
Reviews from who? Your experience will be with your supervisor, not the uni in general. What do you know about the support for PhD students in the dept and uni, things like teaching and conference opportunities, how big the lab group is, how happy they are, how many students and postdocs there are, how many people finish on time? The Russell group is for research intense unis but if your supervisor is doing interesting work but isn't at one it's fine.
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I was searching for an exciting topic in the area of biological sciences for my PhD. I eventually found one at the University of Reading, but looking it up I realised that Reading had mixed reviews about it in general. I'm really confused, because I really love the topic, but the league tables are not much inclined towards Reading, and the university is not part of the Russell group as well. I wonder if there's someone who knows what PhD might be like at Reading? Any kind of help would really be appreciated.
Hello,

That's really great you have found such an interesting topic for your PhD - that is very important!
I am going into my final year at Reading and have thoroughly enjoyed every year. Despite Reading not being at the top of the league table for my course (Food Science) I truly believe it has incredible lecturers (including biological Sciences because I did many of their lectures in first and second year) who are experts in their fields. The lab facilities are great with the modern Hopkins lab and the labs within Biological Sciences. Many of my housemates in 2nd year studied Biological Sciences and found their dissertation supervisors helpful and committed.
Within Food Science and other departments I know many PhD students who love Reading and studying their PhD there. Many of them also choose to stay as Post Docs in Reading. They all recommend doing a PhD at Reading so much that I have considered doing one when I graduate.
Reading has a lively campus, with lots of green space and a large postgraduate community.

Hope this has helped you, and please do get in touch with anymore questions or concerns!

Alice
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Reviews from who? Your experience will be with your supervisor, not the uni in general. What do you know about the support for PhD students in the dept and uni, things like teaching and conference opportunities, how big the lab group is, how happy they are, how many students and postdocs there are, how many people finish on time? The Russell group is for research intense unis but if your supervisor is doing interesting work but isn't at one it's fine.
Thank you, there were reviews about library services mainly that caught my eye, but I see your point👍🏽
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Hello,

That's really great you have found such an interesting topic for your PhD - that is very important!
I am going into my final year at Reading and have thoroughly enjoyed every year. Despite Reading not being at the top of the league table for my course (Food Science) I truly believe it has incredible lecturers (including biological Sciences because I did many of their lectures in first and second year) who are experts in their fields. The lab facilities are great with the modern Hopkins lab and the labs within Biological Sciences. Many of my housemates in 2nd year studied Biological Sciences and found their dissertation supervisors helpful and committed.
Within Food Science and other departments I know many PhD students who love Reading and studying their PhD there. Many of them also choose to stay as Post Docs in Reading. They all recommend doing a PhD at Reading so much that I have considered doing one when I graduate.
Reading has a lively campus, with lots of green space and a large postgraduate community.

Hope this has helped you, and please do get in touch with anymore questions or concerns!

Alice
Food Science Student
Thank you Alice! Food science is amazing there😄 I hope things go well for you.
Thank you so much for sharing your experience👍🏽 this really changes everything
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Thank you Alice! Food science is amazing there😄 I hope things go well for you.
Thank you so much for sharing your experience👍🏽 this really changes everything
Thank you so much!

Really glad this helped you out, anymore questions or concerns please just ask!

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