I am a senior lecturer in the School of Mathematics and Statistics and am currently deputy head of school. I am also award board chair and qualification lead for the MSc in mathematics.
I studied at Lancaster University, Cambridge University and Kings College London. I subsequently enjoyed a number of research posts at Exeter University, City University London and Imperial College London, before joining the Open University in 2001.
My current research interest is in the area of spintronics, and involves the theoretical and computational modelling of magnetic multilayers and other nanostructures.
In particular, I am interested in electronic quantum effects exhibited by spin and charge transport through these structures. This includes magnetic exchange coupling, induced magnetic moment, various types of magneto-resistance behaviour, and magnetocrystalline anisotropy.
I am currently module team chair of MS327, M833 and M840. I also am a module team member of MST210, MST224 and SMT359. I have a long standing interest in the MSc in mathematics for which I am qualification lead.
I have written material for MS324, MS325, MST224, MST125 and MS327.
My research is in a highly applicable area of mathematics and has contributed to the development of the modern day hard disk. I am particularly interested in the way that electron spin can be used to transmit information and manipulate nanoscopic devices, with application to the real world. An article based on some of my research was recently featured in 'UK Success Stories in Industrial Mathematics', Springer 2016, ISBN-10: 3319254529.
I have enjoyed fruitful collaboratorations with a large number of colleagues in Japan, Brazil, Poland and the UK.