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Sybil Green - nee Jenkins (BSc Zoology, Botany, Psychology 1962)


I met my husband, Colin Green (Horticulture) at Reading and we celebrated our Golden Wedding Anniversary in September 2012! Colin completed an external London Law degree some years after graduating and worked as a solicitor until retiring. I pursued a post-grad Secretarial Diploma at the City of London College and worked in University administration, combined with my family commitments. I had a very rewarding career and received an MBE for Services in Higher Education in 2004.

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

Because my Biology teacher studied there and because I could combine Zoology and Botany with Psychology, rather than Chemistry!

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

Making lifelong friends and having inspirational teachers (e.g. Professor Alistair Graham). We meet up with a group of early 60s graduates regularly: Lynne Plummer (Burdet), Diana Kiernan (Maynard), Jean Rodaway (Bramall), Sheila Wilkins (Brown), Jocelyn Slee (Vine), Jenny Lucas (Young), Mike Lucas, Tony Hales, Douglas Wells.

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

Structure your time between study and leisure!

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

University admin - varied and interesting. Move between sections and gain experience - keeps you young!

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

Not at all. Careers advice was teach, Women's Army, Librarianship.

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

Gaining experience via internships

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

Meeting my husband; the wonderful Carouse and Jantac, the formal Balls. 

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