Tim came to the University of Hull in 2007 to read a degree in Politics and International Relations, which he completed in 2010 with a dissertation on the United Nations Security Council. After that, he then went on to read for a Masters' degree in International Law and Politics, for which he won a departmental scholarship. He completed that degree with a dissertation on the foreign policy of the Liberal Party and the Liberal Democrats since the Suez Crisis. Tim won a University of Hull PhD anniversary scholarship and graduated with a PhD, focused on the conception of Britain as a Great Power, especially among the British political elite under the Coalition. Subsequently, he has taken up teaching posts at both Hull and now University College London, where he is based in the Constitution Unit.