David Read is a principal teaching fellow in chemistry at the University of Southampton. Previously, David was a secondary science teacher at Theale Green Community School, just outside Reading, where he initially trained on the graduate teacher programme in 2003/4. other role is that of Science Foundation Year Programme Leader, where he teaches the chemistry component of the course.

David received a Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award in 2008 for his role in integrating new forms of learning technology in Chemistry’s delivery of teaching. This was followed in 2010, by the RSC’s Higher Education Teaching Award and the ‘Most effective use of video’ award from the Association for Learning Technology.

In 2007, he was appointed as a School Teacher Fellow at Southampton. David was admissions tutor between 2009 and 2012, and is currently the director of outreach and head of the education group within Chemistry.


Graduate Destinations:

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

  • Chemical engineer
  • Energy engineer
  • Nuclear engineer
  • Petroleum engineer
  • Product/process development scientist

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

  • Analytical chemist
  • Energy manager
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Materials engineer
  • Mining engineer
  • Production manager
  • Quality manager

Typical Employers:

The main employers of chemistry graduates are in the chemical and related industries, such as:

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

Employment Stats:

Destination Percentage
Employed 65.8
Further study 16.3
Working and studying 4.2
Unemployed 9.3
Other 4.5