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Hannah Blunden (BSc Biological Sciences 2008)


After graduating from Reading I studied for a PGCE in Secondary Education. I have been teaching Biology for 4 years now and in September I start a new role as Head of Biology.

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

The content of the Biological Sciences course really appealed to me with its flexibility and wide range of modules. I also really wanted to attend a campus university.

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

The people. The campus. The city. Sibly Hall.

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

Enjoy it. Relish the time to make new friends and learn new things. 

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

I am teaching Science and Biology in a Welsh-medium Comprehensive School in South Wales. I got here by studying for a PGCE after leaving Reading.

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

Gain as much work experience with young people as possible. The University offers many chances to do this.

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

The Careers Centre ensured that I knew what was needed in order for me to continue my studies once I graduated from Reading.

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

Work experience!! Get as much as you can in the sector you are interested in.

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

I miss Reading a lot. My three years there were incredible. I miss lectures and lab sessions at AMS. I miss the walks back to Sibly Hall. My favourite memory is seeing East 17 play the Freshers Ball during my third year. What a fantastic night at 360.

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