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Tim Brownstone (BSc Animal Science 2013)


I am a keen scientist, sportsman and the CEO of KYMIRA Ltd. which I set up during my final year at Reading. I can usually be found in my office which is on campus, or in meetings. However I do try and get out and see friends, ride my horses or go for a row as often as I can. If anyone is interested in finding out more about KYMIRA they can visit

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

For two reasons:
- When I came to the Open Day I just felt at home.
- Reading allowed me to tailor my degree exactly how I wanted to.

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

Reading is leading in my field both academically but also in the sports that I took part at while there (Riding and Rowing). The location is also excellent, 30 minutes to London, 10 minutes in any direction and you are back amongst green fields.

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

Make the most of your time at Reading, explore the campus, the societies and the sports that are on offer... get involved!

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

I now run my own company which I founded during my final year. Without the variety of modules on offer at Reading and the support I received I definitely wouldn't be the award winning young CEO that I am now!

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

If you genuinely think you have a great idea, then test the waters! It doesn't cost very much to do that and you might be on to a winner!

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

The Schools of Agriculture and Biological Science supported me in my research and the Henley Business School really helped me with my decision to start my own company. In particular Stuart Morris who holds drop in sessions for young entrepreneurs every week.

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

Plan ahead, and make the most of every opportunity that comes your way.

Why did you decide to give to the University of Reading?

The University helped me, and is continuing to do so now. I am more than willing to help them in return!

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

I am really proud to have graduated from Reading. The friends that I made there will stay with me for many years to come and the memories for a life time. One of my favourite memories was on one of my last days as a student. My friends and I were waiting for our final results to be posted and as it was a warm, sunny, summer’s day we decided to go and sunbathe in the Harris gardens. Despite the enormity of the day, I remember being amazed that I could feel so relaxed!


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