A former student has turned his lecturers into colleagues after winning a job alongside them.

Kashif Maan (27), studied at Uxbridge College between 1996-99 and has now returned as a chemistry lecturer.

At the time Kashif was a student this post was held by Alastair Mullins, now Head of the Academy, and Kashif's biology teacher was Richard Kent, who has been at the College since 1979.

Kashif, who took biology, chemistry and maths A-Levels at Uxbridge College as well as re-sitting GCSEs, graduated with a BSc Hons in Biochemistry from Oxford Brookes University.

He then went on to take a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) at Cardiff University, and worked for two years at Southgate College in North London before being chosen for the post at Uxbridge.

Kashif, who lives in Ruislip, said: "It was a bit strange to start off with coming back as a lecturer, but I have got used to it pretty quickly.

"The College has changed a lot since I was here - it has really moved forwards particularly in terms of facilities and it is great to see."

Kashif chose to go into teaching after working with a pharmaceutical company as part of his degree, and deciding research was not for him.

He said: "I had done a year in the pharmaceutical industry and I found it a bit boring, so I decided to go down the teaching route to see what it had to offer. I found that every day was different and there was something new happening and I got real satisfaction from it. It's a good feeling to help people learn."

Kashif says he tries to make his lessons as relevant as possible, for example by finding websites that students can use to learn from.

Alastair Mullins, Head of the Academy, said: "We are delighted to have Kashif back - it must prove we are doing something right! Having people who have recently come from university and industry alongside really experienced teachers provides a real range of skills in the department and keeps us a step ahead of the rest."

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