I am a professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy. I teach throughout the physics degrees and am a member of the Astrophysics Research Division.
My research includes the study active galactic nuclei (AGN) gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) and black hole X-ray binaries in our Galaxy. My particular research interests include probes of strong gravity time series astronomy Bayesian data analysis in astronomy and dust-scattering from GRBs (I discovered the first known example of the latter phenomenon in 2004).
I've published more than 100 refereed papers and received well over 6000 citations to date. I have extensive experience with data from ESA's Cornerstone X-ray mission XMM-Newton (including being PI or Co-I on several ""Large Programmes"") NASA's Great Observatory Chandra NASA's RXTE and the joint US-UK-Italy mission Swift as well as many previous high-energy astronomy missions. I've been awarded guest observer time as PI on all these missions and was a member of a Working Group and Science Team for future ESA mission Athena.
X-ray studies of accreting black holes including AGN and X-ray binaries.
Analysis and modelling of variability from accreting black holes including developing and deploying methods for time series analysis.
- PA1710 - Mathematical Physics 1.1
- PA1900 - Experimental Physics 1
- PA2720 - Statistical Physics
- PA2900 - Experimental Physics 2
- PA4602 - Scientific Data Analysis
- Year 3 and 4 research and literature projects
- academic and personal tutorials
- Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IOP)
- Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS)
- Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS)
- Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
- Member of International Astronomy Union (IAU)
- Member of European Astronomical Society (EUA)
- Member of COSPAR
- Distinguished Teaching Fellowship (University of Leicester) 2015
- Finalist Discovering Excellence Awards (2019)
- SU Superstar Award (multiple nominations in 2018 2019 2020)
- Citizen's Award (Ignite Innovator 2021 - with Prof Mervyn Roy)