Having studied at a local comprehensive school, I went to Imperial College in London to study Physics at degree level. I then stayed on at Imperial to do a PhD and further research into solar cells, with a couple of months spent at The Electrotechnical Laboratory in Tsukuba, Japan during this time. I next worked in industry for over 10 years on optoelectronic devices; semiconductor lasers and light emitting diodes based in GaAs and InGaN. I returned to academia in 2008 when I started tutoring at The Queen’s College. I now also do outreach work for the Physics Department in addition to my tutorial role in the College.
I tutor first and second year mathematics to both materials science and physics undergraduates at the College, plus some physics courses in the third year. I lecture part of the mathematics course for the Materials Department and also lecture on the Mathematical, Physical and Life Science (MPLS) bridging programme, covering mathematics and mechanics. Part of my outreach work involves teaching problem-solving skills to A level students, often as part of taster days within the University.
Whilst I do not currently do research, I spent 10 years researching optoelectronic devices in industry, in addition to six years of research into quantum well solar cells as part of my PhD and post-doctoral research.