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.
Charlene Marriott, Museum Diversity Trainee
I work for the University's Museums and Special Collections Services and I'm on a traineeship. It's an 18-month collaborative project between the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) and Reading Museum and one of the main aims is to reach out to, and engage, a more diverse audience.
The MERL has recently had a large refurbishment - it covers rural life and the story of people who live in the countryside. There are all sorts of artefacts.
Ilan Dwek, Lecturer
I started working at the University in 2011 as a lecturer in Theatre Arts, Education and Deaf Studies.
I am deaf and teach signed theatre performance and British Sign Language (BSL), as well as modules about deafness and the education of the deaf. I also teach students how they can use drama with children with special needs in an educational setting.
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.