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.
SARAH ENGLEFIELD, CLEANING OPERATIVE
I’ve worked as a cleaner at the University for 12 years. I started at Foxhill House, then moved to the London Road campus, and then I came back to the Whiteknights campus. I used to work in the HumSS Building but now I’m at the Palmer Building.
I work part-time – 16 hours a week – and I’m very lucky to work with a lovely team. It’s very busy but we work hard and we get through it together.
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.
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.
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!