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.
Colin Campbell, Associate Professor
I work with international students before they start their undergraduate or master's degrees. Alongside my colleagues, my job is to prepare them in terms of language and academic skills, so that they are ready for their studies.
I also teach on a master's degree in English Language Teaching (ELT) and train international teachers, many from China. I have been invited to write different books on ELT, from stories for students to course books for an international market, to handbooks for teachers - it's been a thrill!
DAWN TURNER, SCHOOL EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATION MANAGER
In my eight years at the University, I’ve progressed from Departmental Secretary for Meteorology to the Executive Administrative Manager for the School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences.
From the start of my career at Reading, I’ve been encouraged to take advantage of training opportunities, and I was given a mentor to help me in my role and with my personal development. Now I run a mentoring scheme.
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.
Joy Singarayer, Associate Professor
I work in the Department of Meteorology, researching major changes in climate in the past. Through this research we can understand the impact past climates had on prehistoric people, as well as the impact these people had on the climate.
My partner, Richard, is also an academic, which can make family life tricky because we both travel a fair bit and work rather long and odd hours. It helps, though, that the work is interesting and enjoyable, and that the University supports flexible working.