Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing
Culture and Values
The School of Biological Sciences is a demographically and culturally diverse place to work and study. Coupled to our dedication to research and teaching excellence, we are committed to celebrating this diversity and supporting equality throughout the school. This commitment positively reflects the values and culture of our school and underpins our determination to build a strong, resilient and supportive community that nurtures all of the incredible talents within our school.
Prof Rob Jackson, Head of Department
"The School of Biological Sciences is a diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment in which to work and learn. We are proud of our diversity because it strengthens our community and enhances both our research and learning environments. The well-being of all our staff and students is central to our commitment to providing a happy and enjoyable work environment. It is our commitment that the school should always be a supportive, equitable and inclusive place that encourages all of its members to reach their potential and achieve research and teaching excellence."
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Meet the team
I am Teaching Fellow within the School of Biological Sciences and my main responsibility lies with teaching biochemical and biomedical sciences. Additionally, within my role as programme director and the admissions tutor of the Biochemistry degree I am particularly interested in growing and expanding this course. My research interests lie with cell biology and cell signalling, and I hope to grow these in the years to come. Outside of work, I enjoy running and having just brought my first house with my partner, we hope to expand from just the two of us to include a cat or dog for the first time.
I joined the School of Biological Sciences as a Lecturer 3 years ago. My research is in the field obesity, specifically investigating how fat cells may be programmed for dysfunction in early life by adverse maternal nutrition during pregnancy. I have a two year old girl and despite the rigours of being an academic and balancing teaching, research and admin duties, I ensure that I am there to pick her up from nursery every day and spend the evening with her. My wife is also an early-career scientist at the University of Oxford and has equally hectic work commitments and this combined with a toddler that has barely slept for two years has meant a challenging couple of years. As Director for Diversity, Inclusivity and Wellbeing I am therefore heavily committed to ensuring we support our working parents whether they be students, support staff, academics or postdocs. I am also passionate about ensuring we redress some of the demographic imbalances in our sector, including representation of BAME and LGBT staff at higher levels within the School and University.
At work I am a lecturer, platelet biochemist, and now Director of DIW. I have worked in Reading for 10 years initially as a post-doc, then as a senior research fellow establishing my own group and now as a lecturer. At home I'm a husband, father and dual-carer of two primary school age children. I spend my time trying to balance these two roles and feeling guilty that I can never quite get the balance right.
I'm a plant evolutionary biologist and I've worked in Reading for 20 years as a Lecturer, Reader, Associate Professor and now Professor. I'm a single parent of a child at primary school. I'm a past SBS Director of DIW, and I'm committed to seeing our vision for the School in this area realised.