I studied for GCSEs and A-levels at Wolverley from 1991 to 1996 when it was still a high school. I had a fantastic time there. I was very well-supported by the teachers and have several friends from school that I still see often. I took Maths, Further Maths and Physics at A-level which was a great preparation for my degree in Astrophysics at Cardiff University. I got a first class degree and then went on to do a PhD at Birmingham University where I studied clusters of galaxies in the distant universe using X-ray telescopes. Following my PhD I was awarded a NASA research fellowship and moved to Boston (US) to continue my research at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics.
After three years in America I moved to the University of Bristol as a lecturer, and I have been there ever since. I am now a Reader in Astrophysics, and my time is split between continuing my research on clusters of galaxies, super-massive black holes and cosmology, and teaching undergraduate students. I currently lecture courses on Oscillations and Waves to first year students and High Energy Astrophysics to third year students. I am also the admissions tutor for Bristol Physics, which means it is my job to make sure we get the best possible students to come and study Physics with us. I hope to see some Wolverley students coming to join us in the future!