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.
lauren read, pa
When I first joined Henley Business School as a temp, I was struck by just how friendly everyone in the University was. Now, a permanent member of staff and five years on, I still feel the same way.
The environment with its green spaces is a great place to work. We have a wide diversity of wildlife on campus and a wander round the lake at lunch certainly helps to clear the mind and relax.
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.
Joanne Dunster, Postdoctoral Research Associate
Fang Liu, Lecturer
The School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences offers an excellent environment for me to conduct research and advance my career, with state-of-the-art facilities and the Centre for Autism, where I can discuss ideas with colleagues working in similar areas.
I am currently working on pitch processing in music and language, supported by my European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant, comparing two neurodevelopmental disorders, amusia and autism.