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.
Sakthivel Vaiyapuri, Lecturer in Pharmacology
I've been at the University since 2004, which is when I came to start a PhD on snake venoms. It's been really exciting, I've worked with so many people from different departments at the University.
I'm from a small village in Tamil Nadu, India and have seen a lot of snakebites in my village and nearby areas. When I was 11, I was almost bitten by a cobra and just escaped. I've seen no improvement at all; the technology we are using to treat snakebites is nearly 150 years old.
Eleanor Dickey, Professor of Classics
I really enjoy working at Reading. I like that we are all friends with each other in the Department of Classics; there is a lot of positive interaction. We help each other out and really work together to make our programme something that is as good as possible for students.
Stuart Lakin, Lecturer
I joined the University in 2006 as a Teaching Fellow, before becoming a lecturer. I have always liked the green environment at the University. Few people can boast that their law school looks out on a lake!
I teach the public law courses, a constitutional law module, administrative law and human rights. I also teach legal philosophy and a University-wide module called "Liberty" with input from classics, history and philosophy.
Alice Williams, Programme Administrator
I had some fantastic programme administrators when I was studying at the University; I graduated in Archaeology and History in 2013. It's nice to be able to give back to the students now.
I look after the Secondary PGCE course in the Institute of Education, which involves developing strong bonds with schools and making sure the trainees are comfortable in school. I also respond to people's enquiries about becoming a teacher and encourage them to sign up for information evenings.