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!
Matthew Nicholls, Associate Professor
I'm an Associate Professor of Classics and the School Director of Teaching and Learning and Learning for Humanities, and I've been at Reading for 10 years.
I've been interested in classics ever since I was eight years old and started taking Latin classes. It's a real privilege to be able to make that interest into the basis of my professional life.
It can be pretty challenging to combine two full-time careers, and my wife's commute to London, with bringing up two young children. Academics have a heavy workload, but flexible hours, which really helps.
Mark McClemont, Senior Technician
I have been at Reading since 1987; I started out as a Lab Technician and in the early '90s I got the opportunity to become a glassblower.
I'm the only glassblower on campus. I design, make, modify and repair scientific laboratory glassware for both teaching and research for the School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy and other University departments, as well as outside companies.
Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Lecturers
We began working together as artists, writers and curators when we met in high school in Jerusalem, before being drawn to the UK for its vibrant art, music and culture.
Today, we are joint lecturers in Fine Art and co-directors of postgraduate studies in Art at the University of Reading, and have worked in the Department for over seven years across a range of roles.