About Me

I love interesting challenges and have been a skills trainer and consultant since completing my PhD in 2008. I 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 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 workshops I currently offer here. My Viva Survivor session is my real passion! In 2018 I delivered it more than fifty times at universities around the UK, and to date I’ve met over 3500 researchers through the session. 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 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 blog.

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