I live in Northumberland and I teach mathematics and astronomy.
My day job is teaching maths for science and engineering at INTO Newcastle University. In my spare time I’m involved with Northumberland Astronomical Society (“NASTRO”) and also teach an astronomy course with Berwick Educational Association.
I’ve been fascinated with astronomy and mathematics since a very young age. At various times in my life I’ve been able to combine these two pursuits.
I have a first class honours degree in Mathematics (1997), a PhD in mathematical physics (2005). I qualified with PGCE as a secondary maths teacher (2007). I went “back to school” part-time in 2015 and got my MSc in Observational Astrophysics with Liverpool John Moores University.
I’m Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (since 2005) and a Chartered Mathematician (since 2015).
In recent years I’ve taken up astrophotography and low resolution spectroscopy. My current setup is shown in the picture: a Meade LX10 (8″ / 200mm) on a HEQ5 Pro mount.