I am Professor of Gravitational Astrophysics and Cosmology in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow, where I was first appointed a faculty member in 1998, and where I am currently Head of School.
I am a member of the Institute for Gravitational Research and the Astronomy and Astrophysics research group (where I was a PDRA working in cosmology, from 1996 to 1998, and where I also completed my PhD in 1992). I am a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, and was a founding member of the LSC Education and Public Outreach Group for which I lead the LSC's many informal education activities.
I am a passionate enthusiast for public engagement in science and (until Oct 2012) was a Science in Society Fellow for the Science and Technology Facilities Council, leading an international programme of outreach with schools and the public entitled "Exploring the Dark Side of the Universe". I am currently chair of the Institute of Physics in Scotland.
In 2011 I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, in recognition of my contributions to research, teaching and the public understanding of science. In January 2015 I was awarded an MBE for services to public engagement in science in the Queen's New Year Honours list.