About Me

I love interesting challenges and have been an independent researcher-developer since completing my PhD in 2008. I work exclusively with postgraduate researchers in Higher Education. I have a particular interest in the PhD viva, which lead me to create Viva Survivors in 2012.

In 2013 I published my first ebook, Fail Your Viva, an ebook about viva preparation. A series of blog posts about viva questions lead to my second book, The Viva: Who? What? How?, which I released in May 2015. Since April 2017, I’ve published a blog post about the viva every day on the Viva Survivors site.

I’ve listed some of the sessions I currently offer here. My Viva Survivor session is my real passion! In 2018 and 2019 I delivered it more than fifty times per year at universities around the UK; to date I’ve met over 4500 researchers through the session, in seminar rooms and online. Get in touch to find out more details if you think I could help researchers at your institution.

Previously I have facilitated on local GRADschools, the National GRADschool programme and on Vitae’s Effective Researcher, Collaborative Researcher and Leadership in Action programmes. I was a Guest Director for the University of Liverpool’s First Year Development Workshops and a tutor on the KESS Grad School programme.

I live in the North West of England with my wife and daughter. In my spare time I enjoy reading a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, and am always looking for interesting creative projects: writing, making things, playing and creating for tabletop role-playing games.

DSC_8797_sm_A Get in touch if you would like me to help your researchers get ready for their vivas, deliver a skills training session for you, or if you have an interesting challenge. I am always happy to discuss your requirements. If I am not able to offer something that you are looking for I am happy to point you in the direction of someone who can help.

Email: nathan@nathanryder.co.uk

Twitter: Follow @DrRyder for me and @VivaSurvivors for the Viva Survivors blog.

Photos courtesy of Jen Allanson (top) and Christina Gill (bottom).