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.
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!
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.
king wong, it business partner
Whether you’re at home or at work, relationships are undeniably important. As an IT Business Partner, my focus is on business relationship management so I can ensure IT delivers the service that the University’s departments and schools are expecting.
I enjoy my career and my work, but I also have a bigger role – I’m a father to my children and a husband to my wife. That’s why I was grateful for the opportunity to take Shared Parental Leave (SPL) following the birth of my son, Luke.