In my current role as lecturer in astronomy at UCLan, I am teaching on the following modules:

MAC802: Foundation Mathematics – teaching workshop sessions for foundation year mathematics and physics students covering the A-level maths syllabus in one academic year.

AA1051: Introductory Astronomy – a year-long broad overview of modern astrophysics for beginners to the subject.  Covers the essential physics background, measurements and coordinate systems used in astronomy, telescopes and observing conditions, stellar structure, the HR diagram and stellar evolution, the distance ladder, galaxies, and simple cosmology.

MA1861: Statistics – a year-long introduction to statistics, covering descriptive statistics, probability, and inferential statistics.

AP2060: Physics Laboratory – running a series of astronomy experiments in the second year laboratory, on topics such as binary stars, analysing CCDs, eight-week open-ended group research projects, and including evening observing sessions at UCLan’s Observatory at Alston.

AA3050: DL astronomy dissertation – supervising distance learning students working their final dissertations at the end of their path through the UCLan distance learning degree in astronomy. Module leader in 2017/18.

AP3950: Third year physics/astronomy project – supervising students working on their BSc major research project.  My two students in 2016/7 worked on radio observations of galaxies, learning how to use CASA to make images and spectral line data cubes, and to analyse their results to find a spectral index and HI content for the objects.

MSc by research – co-supervising an MSc by research student, working on the e-MERLIN Pebbles survey, learning the techniques of radio interferometry and hunting for evidence of a planet-forming disk around the young star DG Tau.

I am also studying on the module ZZ0555: Teaching Toolkit, which is a course in teaching methods leading to HEA D1 accreditation.


In the past I have taught the following:

Erasmus+ training – supervising an Erasmus+ trainee who worked with me for four months in 2016 on a new class of compact ultra-steep spectrum radio sources, trying to find identifications in multi-wavelength catalogues, processing new JVLA data on the sample, and learning to calibrate and process e-MERLIN data.  We submitted an observing proposal for follow-up observations, are writing a paper on her work, and she will be starting a PhD later in 2017.

MSc by research – I co-supervised a student working on the LeMMINGs e-MERLIN galaxy survey in academic year 2015/6.  The student analysed a dataset of ten galaxies, completed her dissertation successfully, and went on to study for a PhD at Cardiff.

Nuffield summer student projects – I have hosted a total of four Nuffield summer students (sixth form) over the summers of 2014, 2015 and 2016.  They have all worked on different astrophysics mini-research projects, gaining an insight into university life and how science works in practise.  All have gone on to apply for STEM degree places at university.

Radiation processes in astrophysics: supernovae – An honours-level undergraduate lecture course on supernovae, delivered to a fourth-year group of undergraduate physics students at Curtin University, Perth, in 2010. The course covered the physics of stellar end products, including core collapse and thermonuclear supernovae, and included a series of formal lectures, coursework questions, and an exam.  Audience: advanced undergraduate physics majors.