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Part of the community

Kate Spear, MChem Chemistry graduate

Kate Spear chose the University of Reading for her undergraduate degree because she liked the size of the Department of Chemistry. She also liked the University's green campus – she's a fan of parkland rather than cityscapes.

“The Department has a really nice feel to it. I immediately got the sense that I could be part of the community, but, more importantly, that I could contribute to it.”

Supported by staff

Like all of our undergraduate students, Kate had an academic tutor – an academic who she could speak to if she had an issue. But she says she felt supported in other ways as well.

“There are lots of supportive staff in the Department who will help with placement applications, look over your CV or help in many other ways to make your experience at Reading better.”

Volunteering and outreach

Kate volunteered for Open Days, talking to prospective students and their parents, and answering questions about what it's like to study at Reading.

“Choosing a university is a huge decision for students. For most, it is their first time leaving home. If I can help people make the decision that's right for them, then I wanted to be able to do that.”

As well as Open Days, Kate volunteered for Chemistry for All. This Royal Society of Chemistry project looked at how a series of chemistry activities in schools affects participation in undergraduate chemistry study. Kate helped run chemistry clubs in local schools as part of the project.

“I enjoy doing outreach. I went to school in an area of Devon where there was no local university, so we weren't exposed to these types of programmes. I think it's important to offer these opportunities to children when they're available.”

Learn more about our outreach activities

Amie Parker, MChem Chemistry with a Year in Industry graduate

Amie Parker: living and working in Spain

Amie studied in Spain during the third year of her degree. She improved her Spanish language skills, enjoyed incredible food and seeing new places, and also got valuable one-to-one research experience at the University of Zaragoza.
Gaia De Angelis, MChem Chemistry with a Year in Industry graduate

Gaia de Angelis: thriving in a supportive environment

Gaia is from Italy and not only had to adjust to university life, but also to living in a different country. The support she received from the Department of Chemistry and the University as a whole, made her transition easier.
Dr Philippa Cranwell, Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry and Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

Dr Philippa Cranwell: guiding you through university

Dr Philippa Cranwell, Undergraduate Admissions Tutor, Lecturer, University Director of Foundation Studies and University Teaching Fellow, guides students through their entire journey at the University. 
Athena SWAN Silver Award