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.
EMMANUEL A ESSAH, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
I’m the Undergraduate Programmes Director for Construction Management and Engineering – which is part of the School of the Built Environment – so my remit is to oversee the strategy and day-to-day running of the four pathways we offer.
I actually came to Reading in two spells. The first time was in 2001 as a master’s student, and a year later I was hired as a Research Assistant before I left to do my PhD in 2004. I came back in 2009 as an Academic Fellow, and then in 2011 I became a lecturer.
Eleanor Dickey, Professor of Classics
I really enjoy working at Reading. I like that we are all friends with each other in the Department of Classics; there is a lot of positive interaction. We help each other out and really work together to make our programme something that is as good as possible for students.
Ellie Sowten, HR Adviser
I started working for the University in 2015 as an HR Administrator, then I became a Senior HR Administrator, then HR Coordinator and, as of 2017, I'm now an HR Adviser for Life Science Schools and Estates. Progression opportunities at the University are fantastic!
I look after the advisory side of HR, so anything to do with the employee life cycle once recruitment has taken place. This includes; induction and probation, resolving problems at work, flexible working, health and wellbeing, retirement, restructuring and more.
Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Lecturers
We began working together as artists, writers and curators when we met in high school in Jerusalem, before being drawn to the UK for its vibrant art, music and culture.
Today, we are joint lecturers in Fine Art and co-directors of postgraduate research in Art at the University of Reading, and have worked in the Department for over seven years across a range of roles.