Professor Almond studied chemistry at Reading University graduating in 1981, then completed a PhD in inorganic chemistry at Oxford (1984). After a short period of postdoctoral work he returned to Reading as Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry in 1986, being promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1998 and Professor of Chemistry Education in 2012.

He has been awarded a University Teaching Fellowship and am a nominee for a National Teaching Fellowship. He has also won the Faculty Award for Student support as “Best Lecturer in Faculty of Life Sciences” twice – in 2010 and 2013.

His research interests focus upon infrared spectroscopy, with applications ranging from small molecules at low temperatures to archaeological and environmental samples.


Graduate Destinations

  • Analytical chemist
  • Chemical engineer
  • Healthcare scientist, clinical biochemistry
  • Forensic scientist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Research scientist (physical sciences)
  • Toxicologist
  • Chartered certified accountant
  • Environmental consultant
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Nuclear engineer
  • Patent attorney
  • Science writer
  • Secondary school teacher

Typical Employers:

Common employers of biomedical sciences graduates include the:

  • agrochemicals
  • metallurgical
  • petrochemicals
  • pharmaceuticals
  • plastics and polymers
  • toiletries

Employment Stats:

Destination Percentage
Employed 52.7
Further study 31.1
Working and studying 4.3
Unemployed 7.4
Other 4.5
Type of work Percentage
Technicians and other professionals 19
Science 18.4
Business, HR and financial 14.6
Retail, catering and bar work 9.1
Other 38.9