About Me

I love interesting challenges and have been a skills trainer and consultant since completing my PhD in 2008. I currently work exclusively with postgraduate researchers and research staff in Higher Education. I have a particular interest in the PhD viva, which lead me to create the Viva Survivors Podcast.

In 2013 I published my first ebook, Fail Your Viva, an ebook about viva preparation. I am exploring new avenues in writing for researchers via the blog on this site; a series of posts lead to my second book, The Viva: Who? What? How?, which I released in May 2015.


I’ve listed some of the workshops I currently offer here; get in touch to find out more details. 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 have been involved with this programme since 2008. I have been a tutor on the KESS Grad School programme for five years.

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 deliver a skills training workshop 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.

Phone: 07968 583223

Email: nathan@nathanryder.co.uk

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

Photos courtesy of Alys Kay (top) and Christina Gill (bottom).