Derek graduated with a first class joint honours degree in History and Archaeology at Nottingham in 1972 and went on to excavate for and to do research at the Römisch-Germanisches Museum, Köln. He worked briefly at the Museum in Hull before doing part-time lecturing for the Department of Adult Education at the University of Hull. He has been for the last twenty years a part-time lecturer in the Department of Lifelong Learning at Exeter. In 1998 Derek was one of the pioneers who wrote Distance Learning courses on the web for students worldwide to obtain University of Exeter qualifications at certificate and diploma levels in archaeology.
Having a joint honours degree in history and archaeology, he finds the study of both written and archaeological evidence rewarding. He has worked for the Department of Archaeology as a part-time tutor, lecturer and Teaching Fellow for the last 14 years. For the last five years he has supervised third year students doing computer modelling of ancient structures for the Department of Computer Science.
Member of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies
Member of the Society for Medieval Archaeology
Member of the Royal Archaeological Institute
Member of the Devon Archaeological Society (previously member of the committee and executive committee)
Member of the Cornwall Archaeological Society
Derek organises University Study Tours for Lifelong Learning students. Destinations have included Denmark, the Isle of Man, Provence, Burgundy, Hadrian’s Wall, East Anglia, Kent, Spain, Libya and Germany.