I joined the University in September 1989 having spent 14 years as a laboratory technician and laboratory superintendent in the geology department of Portsmouth University.
During my time at Solent I successfully studied for a Masters degree in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Surrey graduating with distinction in 1993. I also returned to Surrey to teach on the same masters programme delivering units on mechanics and earth retaining structures.
In 1990 I became professional qualified as an incorporated engineer (IEng). I’m also a corporate member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and fellow of the Geological Society. Currently I also act as reviewer for the ICE and carry our regular reviews for the grade of engineering technician (EngTech).
Along with this I sit on the Higher Level Technicians Qualifications Sub Committee (HLTQCS) for the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM). This work entails reviewing university and college course content to ensure that they meet the educational base for the professional qualifications of EngTech and IEng.
As from 2016 I will be acting as external examiner for the HNC Civil Engineering course at Liverpool John Moore’s University which follows on from four years as external at London South Bank.
Although I am now semi-retired my primary research interests are the use of soil index properties in the early assessment of engineering soils, earth retaining structures and the use of audio techniques for providing student feedback.