I'm just relaxing and keeping an eye on the world!
EducationDunblane High School, Falkirk College, Stirling University, Glasgow Caledonian University, Durham University
Qualifications8 Standard Grades (GCSE), HNC, BSc with Honours, MPhil, and a PhD
Work HistoryStirling University, BBC Scotland, and lots of shorter term jobs when I was younger
Current JobSoftware Engineer
Favourite thing to do in my job: Take things apart, work out what they do, then try and put them together again (the hard part!). I am also really interested in helping people. I hope that my research will feed into medicine, for example medical technology and a better understanding of biology. I also quite like organising my own time, and not having a boss!
I live in Scotland with my wife and our tiny little dog, Leia. As is typical for a scientist/software engineer, I am intolerant to a huge number of foods. I can juggle, snowboard, rock climb, ride a motorbike, code, and I’m pretty mean on the PC or Xbox too.
My Work: I'm a software engineer working on websites like BBC Bitesize.
I did my PhD in vision science, but now I work at the BBC building websites like BBC Taster and BBC Bitesize.
My Typical Day: I spend a lot of time coding or learning to code.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Friendly, inquisitive, and hungry (most of the time).
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Movies and videogames partly! I’d also say the mystery of consciousness, a big thing we all feel but science can’t explain!
What was your favourite subject at school?
Physics (I liked to see how things worked, and burning magnesium in Bunsen Burners).
What did you want to be after you left school?
A secret agent like James Bond, a professional sportsman, or a martial arts actor like Bruce Lee.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Quite a lot! I left school at 16, and didn’t get things back on track for a few years (should have stuck in!)
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Physiotherapist (or a secret agent trained in martial arts)
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Chickenfoot, Clutch, Extreme, Jurassic 5, Ray Lamontagne, Mr. Big, Otis Redding… tough question!
What's your favourite food?
Steak and salad then sticky toffee pudding.
What is the most fun thing you've done?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
I’d wish to be better at maths (the boring wish), speak another language, and be able to guitar and piano really well!
Tell us a joke.
What do you call a dinosaur with one eye?… Douthinkhesaurus…