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Julian Baggini (BA Philosophy 1990)


I am the author of several books, including Welcome to Everytown: A Journey into the English Mind (Granta), Complaint (Profile) and The Ego Trick (Granta). I have written for numerous newspapers and magazines, including the Guardian, the Financial Times, Prospect and the New Statesman, as well as for the think tanks The Institute of Public Policy Research and Demos. I co-founded The Philosophers’ Magazine which I edited for 13 years. I have been writer-in-residence for the National Trust at the White Cliffs of Dover and philosopher-in-residence at the Cheltenham Literature Festival and Wellington College.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Reading?

It was not the most informed decision but it worked out well! I like the old FUE system...

What was the best bit about living and studying in Reading?

The department at the time was small but all five faculty were excellent, enthusiastic and helpful. I liked the combination of campus and town.

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?

Make sure you're studying what interests you.

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

I'm a currently a freelance writer. I got here by getting a specialism via a PhD, starting a small magazine and gradually building up work.

What would be your top tips for students interested in working in this sector?

Live cheaply and have another way of earning money part-time. Give people a reason for commissioning you rather than somebody else.

What are your top tips for students graduating this year? What should they be doing to secure the job they want?

Don't fixate on this year. Play a long game so you end up doing what you most want, not what is most sensible or rewarding right now.

What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?

Passion for your subject, friendship.





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