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.
SARAH ENGLEFIELD, CLEANING OPERATIVE
I’ve worked as a cleaner at the University for 12 years. I started at Foxhill House, then moved to the London Road campus, and then I came back to the Whiteknights campus. I used to work in the HumSS Building but now I’m at the Palmer Building.
I work part-time – 16 hours a week – and I’m very lucky to work with a lovely team. It’s very busy but we work hard and we get through it together.
Jessica Del Rio, Technical Manager
In my current role of Technical Manager, I have a small team and together we run all the undergraduate classes for food microbiology and support research in the Food Biosciences building.
I've been at Reading since I graduated in 2001. I worked in heart disease research for four years and then I moved to microbiology in 2005.
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.