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.
Allán Laville, Senior PWP Clinical Educator
I came to Reading for my master’s degree and joined my brother who was studying here as an undergraduate. It was a great experience. It's part of the reason I really enjoyed being at Reading – and it's why I have stayed here ever since.
In 2011, I started at the Charlie Waller Institute as a part-time clinical educator. I began my PhD and, at the end of 2013, I was promoted to a senior clinical educator role.
Part of my PhD research was on how children with autism spectrum disorder decide if something is real or made-up.
Kathryn Corderoy, Fitness Consultant
I work as a fitness consultant at the VO2 fitness studio in the SportsPark. My job involves supervising the gym, running inductions for new members, writing and demonstrating personal programmes, personal training, nutrition advice, and teaching exercise classes.
PARVATHI KUMARASWAMI, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
I joined Reading's Department of Modern Languages and European Studies in 2014 to establish the BA Spanish programme.
Coming to Reading felt like a breath of fresh air: I was given a year to set up the new Spanish subject area and develop partnerships, and the University was very supportive of my vision for the programme. I'm a Latin Americanist, so our focus for the subject goes beyond Spain: we address the diversity of Spain and Latin America and their Spanish-speaking cultures. It's paying dividends in student recruitment and, I hope, student satisfaction.
Martin Ridley, Receptionist and Events Coordinator
We get a lot of enquiries at Henley Business School, and in my role I get to speak to and meet new people pretty much all the time. I do some photography for the department as well, including events. I've been here a year and it's quite varied; no two days are the same.
I also own a martial arts club, All Abilities Martial Art. It's for everyone, any ability, we're keen to emphasise it's inclusive. We practice Aiki-JuJitsu, which is not sport-based but focused on self-defence.