I am a Senior Lecturer and Staff Tutor and Director of Teaching for the School of Physical Sciences. I am the Deputy Director of eSTEeM - the OU centre of STEM pedagogy.
I am interested in the structure of the zodiacal cloud (interplanetary dust cloud) and more generally in circumstellar dust. Most of my astronomical research has been based on data obtained from space-based instruments and observatories (EXOSAT, Ginga, ROSAT, IRAS, Spitzer, STEREO and TESS).
I also have a long-standing interest in the use of new technologies in teaching, which started while I worked as a software designer for the Open University (1993-96) and was in charge of the technical production of the OU's first teaching CD-ROM (for module THD204). At present, I am particularly interested in the ways in which learning can be facilitated by synchronous communication systems. I am (or have been) involved in the following projects:
I am involved in teaching of physics, astronomy and space science at all levels. Notable teaching developments are:
Production team chair for S282 Astronomy, and co-edited these books:
An Introduction to the Sun and Stars (eds. Simon F. Green and Mark H. Jones)
An Introduction to Galaxies and Cosmology (eds. Mark H. Jones, Robert J. Lambourne and Stephen Serjeant)
Member of the S382 Astrophysics module team and responsible for developing an online group project for students.
I was the production team chair of S818 Space science, and was the presentation chair from 2017 to 2021.
I have also contributed to the production of the following OU modules: S103, SXR103, S207 and SXP288. I was the presentation chair of the undergraduate project module SXP390 from 2007-2013, and I have tutored at numerous OU residential schools.