Professor of Astrophysics Education at The Open University

I've worked at the Open University since 1992 and am now Professor of Astrophysics Education in the Department of Physical Sciences and also Vice President of the Royal Astronomical Society.

My research interests are in various aspects of time domain astrophysics with a current focus on stellar photometry from wide field surveys to investigate close binary stars. I carry out research on all sorts of variable stars, including white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes, and I edit the International Exoplanet Newsletter. I am co-lead for the materials and learning objects for the PLATO Education and Public Outreach Coordination Office in support of ESA's mission to discover rocky exoplanets in Earth-like orbits around Sun-like stars.

I am passionate about outreach and public engagement, and am the Department's SEPnet academic outreach coordinator. I am also a STEMnet ambassador and a public engagement ambassador for the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement. I wrote a story book about Exoplanets for young children called "Oogle-Flip and the planet adventure". I also co-wrote the series of "60 second adventures in Astronomy" and am a frequent Academic Consultant for OU/BBC astronomy co-productions,

My Erdos-Bacon-Sabbath number is 13.


  • 2013–present
    Vice President, Royal Astronomical Society
  • –present
    Professor of Astrophysics Education, The Open University


  • 1988 
    Leicester University, PhD X-ray Astronomy
  • 1985 
    Leicester University, BSc Physics with Astrophysics

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