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, Associate Professor
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.
Alice Williams, Programme Administrator
I had some fantastic programme administrators when I was studying at the University; I graduated in Archaeology and History in 2013. It's nice to be able to give back to the students now.
I look after the Secondary PGCE course in the Institute of Education, which involves developing strong bonds with schools and making sure the trainees are comfortable in school. I also respond to people's enquiries about becoming a teacher and encourage them to sign up for information evenings.
fiona corby, careers consultant
I joined the University in 1998 as a Careers Consultant, a role which I'm still in today. The world is constantly changing, with careers constantly changing as a result, so there's never time to get bored. I get a buzz from helping young people reach their potential.
My work encompasses a wide range of responsibilities: student one-to-ones, lunchtime workshops, mentoring schemes, industry workplace visits, developing special resources and much more. It's busy but very enjoyable.
Gemma Peacock, EAP Lecturer
I have worked at the University of Reading in the International Study and Language Institute (ISLI) since 2018. I first came to Reading to teach temporarily on the summer Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course when I was living on a houseboat in Oxford after returning from some time teaching in South Asia. I fell in love with the beautiful Whiteknights campus and met some very friendly and kind colleagues during that time. I was therefore very pleased to be offered a succession of further work in ISLI after that summer, which later resulted in my husband and I moving down to Reading permanently.
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!