The NRAO Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array Radio Interferometer, Socorro, New Mexico

A summary of my time in astronomy and current research interests

I am currently a research fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) working on the physics of radio loud active galaxies, spectral ageing models of synchrotron sources, and the Radio-life ERC project with Prof. Raffaella Morganti. I also work in close collaboration with researchers at Leiden Observatory investigating radio relics and I am the developer of the Broadband Radio Astronomy Tools (BRATS) for the spectral analysis of radio sources. I am also involved with various international collaborations and commissioning activities including the LOFAR Multifrequency Snapshot Sky Survey (MSSS), LOFAR nearby AGN KSP and the e-MERLIN resolving key questions in extragalactic jet physics legacy project.


After graduating in 2010 with an honours degree in astrophysics and the Sir Patrick Moore prize for best final year project, I started on a PhD programme extending my work in to the properties of extragalactic radio sources. After initially working with X-ray observations, I moved to radio wavelengths; specifically, the new generation of broadband interferometers including the JVLA, e-MERLIN and LOFAR. I obtained my PhD in 2014 with a thesis on the dynamics and energetics of radio-loud active galaxies. My time at Hertfordshire also involved working as a coordinator and visiting lecturer for undergraduate practicals at Bayfordbury observatory, observatory outreach coordinator and trainer along with being the founder of Ask an Astronomer UK.


After the submission of my PhD thesis, I undertook a short term position as research associate at the University of Hertfordshire funded through the STFC STEP award working on the physics of radio loud active galaxies with Prof. Martin Hardcastle, before moving to my present position in September 2014.


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Awards, Grants, and Professional Associations

LKBF travel grant - 2015, 2016

STFC Studentship Enhancement Programme (STEP) Award - 2014

Santander Research Scholarship - Research Grant - 2013

Science and Technology Facilities Council Studentship - 2011 to 2014

Sir Patrick Moore Prize - Best Final Year Project, 2010

Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society - 2008 to Present

Associate member of the Institute of Physics - 2008 to Present



Lecturing, Teaching and Administrative Experience

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Undergraduate Practical Lecturer / Supervisor - Univ. Hertfordshire / Bayfordbury observatory, 2011 to 2014

Postgraduate Outreach Trainer - Univ. Hertfordshire / Bayfordbury observatory, 2012 to 2014

Undergraduate Practical Coordinator - Univ. Hertfordshire / Bayfordbury observatory, 2012 to 2013

Observatory Outreach Coordinator - Univ. Hertfordshire / Bayfordbury observatory, 2012 to 2013




Outreach and Media Highlights (click here for a full outreach profile)

Founder of Ask an Astronomer UK -

Transit of Venus (BBC Breakfast / World Service) - Observations / Radio interview

University of Hertfordshire Promotional Film - Promotional film highlighting observatory activities

Bayfordbury Observatory Group Visits - Astronomy activities, talks, planetarium shows and observatory tours

Bayfordbury Observatory Public Open Nights - Astronomy activities, talks, and Q&A sessions

Outreach for Pupils from a Low Application Rate Backgrounds - Planetarium shows

Green Lanes School Careers Talk - Year 5 and 6 talks on careers in astronomy