– John Henry Newman
In October 2022, I returned to the University of St Andrews, first as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, and now as an EPSRC Postdoctoral Fellow.
Heilbronn Research Fellow
From 2019 to 2022, I was a Heilbronn Research Fellow based at the University of Bristol. I spent chunks of time visiting the Isaac Newton Institute in Cambridge for the programme on Groups, representations and applications.
In January 2021, I organised a Focussed Research Workshop on Generating Thompson Groups sponsored by the Heilbronn Institute. I also organised the Algebra Seminar for the two years 2020–22.
Following being awarded the Gold Medal in the Mathematical Sciences at STEM for Britain, since January 2022, I have been a member of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee.
LMS Early Career Fellow
For the summer of 2019, I visited Prof Andrea Lucchini at the University of Padua with an Early Career Fellowship from the London Mathematical Society.
University of Bristol
From 2015 to 2019, I was a PhD student at the University of Bristol, funded by an EPSRC studentship and a Heilbronn Excellence Award. My PhD supervisor was Dr Tim Burness, which places me in this mathematical family tree. My PhD thesis was awarded a Faculty of Science commendation, as an outstanding piece of work.
At the end of my second year of my PhD, I was awarded the Cecil King Travel Scholarship by the London Mathematical Society. With this, in spring 2018, I visited the University of Auckland and the University of Western Australia, each for a month. (Further information on the history of this award can be found on page 22 of the September 2012 LMS newsletter.)
University of St Andrews
From 2011 to 2015, I was an undergraduate at the University of St Andrews, where I studied for an MMath degree in this beautiful seaside town. I won the Sanderson Prize as top mathematics undergraduate, in addition to annual Class Medals and Pure Mathematics Prizes.
In the summer of 2013, I took part in a summer research projecton averages distances and higher moments of selfsimilar sets with selfsimilar measures, i.e. “throwing darts at fractals”, which led to this paper with Demi Allen, Harri Edwards and Lars Olsen.
My final-year project on the Mathieu Groups was supervised by Prof Colva Roney-Dougal and it won the Duncan Prize.
I was awarded the Ernst Scheller III Memorial Scholarship from Silberline, and I am grateful for their funding.