A potted biography of my education and academic positions in reverse chronological order…
Teaching and Researching at the University of Leeds
I am currently working at the University of Leeds, previously as a Teaching Fellow and since May 2013 as a Lecturer, where I am enjoying teaching Geometry, Number Theory, and Algebraic Topology. In terms of research, I have recently acquired an interest in the evolution of complex and nonlinear systems. (See my Research page.)
Visiting Fellowship at the University of Leeds
I primarily worked as a mathematical writer, and occasionally speaker, largely aiming at the general public rather than specialists. In what time I had left, I did some research in Model Theory, an area which bridges mathematical logic and algebra.
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (with Qualified Teacher Status)
I obtained a PGCE (with QTS) in teaching secondary mathematics at the University of Leeds’ School of Education. During this year I taught at Dixon’s City Academy in Bradford and Calder High School in Mytholmroyd, of both of which I have very fond memories. Over this period I also coached a student for UKMT competitions, and wrote several staggeringly tedious essays.
Postdoctoral Scholarship at Albert-Ludwigs Universität
In the beautiful surroundings of Freiburg in the south of Germany, I did some research in Model Theory with the group led by Martin Ziegler.
Postgraduate Student at the University of Leeds
Undergraduate Student at the University of Oxford
What else can I tell you?
I’ve acted in 3 plays during my adult life (evidence), and was the president of the Oxford University Jazz Society for a year (1999-2000). I play the piano indifferently, and the bass worse, but neither is as bad as my singing. I speak Japanese at what is euphemistically termed an ‘intermediate’ level, and have a certificate from Leeds Metropolitan University to prove it. My Erdős number is 3. My mathematical genealogy traces back to Leonhard Euler apparently! I’m a vegetarian and a teetotaller, for unrelated reasons. I don’t like cricket. I was born in 1978, grew up in London and am currently based in Leeds in the UK, where I live with my wonderful wife Haruka.