University lecturer

A lecturer teaches students, mentors researchers and also undertakes scientific research

Training, qualifications and skills Undergraduate degree and a PhD, work-based experience; research and peer-reviewed scientific publications
Career progression opportunities Lecturer through to professor; consultancy; commercial author
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Alastair Culham
University of Reading
Full time, salary up to £65k

I’ve loved plants since childhood. My job gives me the chance to communicate that enthusiasm to thousands of students and researchers worldwide through teaching, training new researchers, and through publication of scientific papers, popular articles and social media posts.

Working in a university environment is highly collaborative and I am surrounded by enthusiasts in many different disciplines.

Study hard. Be strategic in the jobs you do and don’t lose your enthusiasm. Communicate!

I have worked with pharmacists on medicinal plants, chemists on crop plants, psychologists on houseplants, horticulturists on garden plants and ecologists on wild plants. Last year I launched the My Green Study project to promote houseplant horticulture by students.

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The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.