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.
Deb Heighes, Head of Academic Development and Enhancement
I joined the University in 2006 after more than 20 years teaching science in secondary schools. I started in the Institute of Education (IOE) and moved through a variety of roles from science teacher educator to programme director, before joining the Centre for Quality Support and Development (CQSD) in 2015.
I now manage the ADE team within CQSD that has responsibility for the professional development of colleagues who are involved in teaching and supporting learning, supporting curriculum development and design, and enhancement of teaching and learning.
Raul Marchena Magadan, Teaching Fellow
I'm a Teaching Fellow in Spanish language. Two years ago I was hired to participate in the introduction of Spanish language in the Department and help to set up the new BA Spanish programme.
I am originally from Havana, Cuba. I received a Chevening scholarship to study at the University of Manchester. After graduating I worked at Manchester for several years, and then the position became available at Reading.
It's an amazing job. You don't often get the opportunity to start something from scratch. It's a one-off experience. The environment is great – it's personal; you feel like a person rather than a number. And the campus, I love the trees! I'm in love with the campus.
caroline Treeves and Claudia Ricci, Collection Management and Liaison Support Librarian
Caroline says: I first got the role in August 2015, just before I went on maternity leave. I loved the job and wanted to do all of it, but just for a few days a week; so we went down the route of a job share. It was all very amenable.
Claudia had worked in the Cataloguing department before. I already knew her and was very pleased when she got the role.
Chukwumerije Okereke, Professor of Environment and Development
As a senior academic in the School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science, I offer academic leadership within the department but also, more broadly, within the Global Development Research Division to which I belong.
I grew up in a very rural, poor village in the South Eastern part of Nigeria. My mother and father were both teachers and they instilled in me a passion for learning. It wasn't the best of beginnings, but my parents taught me the value of academic education and hard work.