I was born in Wigan, Lancashire and educated at Abbey Gate College, Saighton Grange, near Chester.  I obtained my BA (1992, upgraded to MA 1996) in Mathematics and DPhil (1996) in Theoretical Physics at St Hugh's College, Oxford.  From 1996-2000 I was the Fellow and Tutor in Applied Mathematics at Oriel College, Oxford.  In September 2000 I was appointed to a Lectureship in Applied Mathematics at the University of Sheffield.  I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2005, Reader in Mathematical Physics in 2007 and Professor of Mathematical Physics in 2009.

Selected awards

Me and some of the students on PHYS326/456 Classical Mechanics and Symmetry Principles, which I taught during my time at the University of Canterbury.  The course involved quite a bit of index gymnastics.  

Professional Service

Some of the external roles in which I have served:

Roles in Sheffield

During my time in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sheffield, I have undertaken the following roles:
  • Director of Postgraduate Research (2016-present)
  • Deputy Head of School (2014-15)
  • Deputy Director of Teaching (2010-13)
  • Study Abroad Tutor (2010)
  • Member of University Senate (2009-12)
  • Coordinator of Support Teaching (2009-10)
  • Admissions deputy and member of the admissions team (2002-10)

Membership of Learned Societies

Quite a few of the above mean I have post-nominal letters.  The full set is:  MA (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon), CSci, CPhys, FInstP, FIMA, FHEA!