Rebecca/Richard Harris, Associate Professor
I remember when I was about 10 I discovered there were places called universities and I automatically assumed that was where the ‘clever kids’ went, so that wasn’t an option for me! Having been the first member of my family to get any academic qualifications I am still pleasantly surprised that I now able to work at a university.
I joined the Institute of Education (based on the original and beautiful university campus on London Road) at Reading in 2011, having previously worked at the University of Southampton for 10 years, and prior to that I spent 16 years teaching history in secondary schools.
Calvin Smith, Lecturer
I joined the University in 2008 in a teaching intensive role in mathematics. Since this time I have held a number of roles in teaching and learning including Admissions Tutor, School Senior Tutor, Internal Examiner and Programme Director.These days I am most frequently found sharing my love of mathematics with students in lecture theatres and seminar rooms across the campus.
When not up to my elbows in sums I am involved in various projects to make the experience of studying and working at Reading as inclusive as it can be. As a visible “out” gay man I endeavour to provide an authentic voice for inclusion and diversity for my colleagues and our students.
Carol Fuller, Associate Professor of Education
It was quite serendipitous how I entered higher education. I feel it has given me so many opportunities to develop as a person, but also to do research, work with other people, and go out and make a difference.
I grew up in Whitley, which is close to the University. I left school with not very good qualifications but ended up going to night school when I was a single mum. I loved studying and used to go as a hobby.
Rae Maxwell-Kavanagh, Admissions Administrator
I've lived in Reading all my life and always thought the University would be a really interesting place to work, with so many different people and lots of interesting societies I could join.
I’ve been here since August 2016, and it's probably the best place I’ve ever worked. In the past I've had quite a lot of negative experiences – I have difficulties with mental health and other health conditions.
Ginny Gibson, Professor Emerita in Corporate Real Estate, Henley Business School
After studying in Canada for my degree in Business, I won a scholarship to study a master's degree in Real Estate here at Reading in 1981.
I hadn't planned to become an academic, but found myself in my first job teaching at the University of West London. A few years later I came back to Reading, as I was keen to be with a group doing more research. I certainly didn't think I would be here so many years later!
fiona corby, careers consultant
I joined the University in 1998 as a Careers Consultant, a role which I'm still in today. The world is constantly changing, with careers constantly changing as a result, so there's never time to get bored. I get a buzz from helping young people reach their potential.
My work encompasses a wide range of responsibilities: student one-to-ones, lunchtime workshops, mentoring schemes, industry workplace visits, developing special resources and much more. It's busy but very enjoyable.