My role and vision
As Dean, I provide academic leadership and management for the Faculty of Science and Technology. I am keen to maintain diversity in all of the Faculty’s courses and I am very proud we are doing an incredible amount of innovative research around such subjects as breast cancer, stress, HIV in later life, DNA information sequencing, computer analytics and electronics.
As Pro Vice-Chancellor I have a variety of responsibilities, I lead the transforming learning and teaching project, part of our Learning Futures change programme, which aims to strengthen our University as a learning community with students playing a major role in developing and shaping the curriculum. I Chair the University’s advisory Group and the University’s Health and Safety Committee.
I was previously Dean of the School of Life Sciences and my background includes appointments as Professor of Marine Phycology, School Research Director, Reader and Research Fellow. I have also worked in the charity sector, having been Chief Commissioner for England for the Scout Association.
My academic background is in marine biology and I hold a PhD in Marine Botany from Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London, and a BSc in Marine Biology and Oceanography from the University College of North Wales, Bangor.
Two strands have dominated my research. The first is the use of dinoflagellate cysts to interpret the fossil record. The second is in harmful algal blooms and most particularly the role life cycles play in their ecology. Establishing cyst-theca relationships and working with Alexandrium species have, more recently, led to the application of molecular techniques in my research.