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.
James Church, Assistant Research Development Manager
Uma Kambhampati, Professor and Head of School
I am a Professor of Economics and Head of the School of Politics, Economics and International Relations. I am an economist by training and part of the global research division in the University.
I love being an academic because it is work that I enjoy doing and I have fantastic colleagues.
I'm originally from Hyderabad in India, and I moved to England when I was 17. I completed my undergraduate degree, postgraduate degree and doctorate at the University of Cambridge. I then accepted a position as a Lecturer at the University of East Anglia, before joining the University of Reading in 1998.
Jessica Del Rio, Technical Manager
In my current role of Technical Manager, I have a small team and together we run all the undergraduate classes for food microbiology and support research in the Food Biosciences building.
I've been at Reading since I graduated in 2001. I worked in heart disease research for four years and then I moved to microbiology in 2005.