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Adrian Champion (PhD Meteorology 2012)


I am a Post Doctoral Research Assistant at the University of Reading. My research interests are the dynamical processes of extra-tropical cyclones and how they may change in a warming climate. I am currently involved with two projects that are looking and the impact of such events in Europe, and the consequences for decision making and on the reinsurance industry.

Why did you choose to do a PhD at the University of Reading?

It is one of the best universities in the country for Meteorology, and they offered me a PhD that sounded really interesting.

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

Reading has some of the biggest names in Meteorology in the country, and along with the support on offer, was an excellent place to study.

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

Get advice from your supervisor(s) about which papers to read to get a good background in your subject matter, and don't be scared to ask what you may think to be silly questions, they're not!

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

I am a Post Doctoral Research Assistant at the University of Reading. I did an MSci in Physics at Durham Unviersity, then went on to do an MSc at Reading in Meteorology, then my PhD.

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

You need to extremely interested in your subject, choose your research area based on what you're interested, not necessarily what sounds appealing.

How has the University of Reading and the Careers Centre helped in your chosen career path?

The university has given me guidance, and allowed me to go on training courses, which have really helped me develop my career.

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

The University is my job, and therefore I owe a lot to the university. My favourite memory is doing the conga through the Department Library after the Department Panto...!


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