I am a final year PhD student studying cosmology at the University of Sheffield. I am working with my supervisor Carsten van de Bruck on the mechanisms that underlie the acceleration of the expansion of the universe. This is important in the very early universe --- where an intense period of cosmic inflation gives rise to the flat and homogeneous universe we observe on large scales --- and also in understanding the properties of the dark energy that dominates the energy density of the universe today.
Last academic year I made two extended research visits (sponsored by the Yggdrasil scholarship scheme) to the the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Oslo, where I worked with David Mota on Dirac-Born-Infeld (DBI) inflation. At present, I am engaged in writing up my thesis and looking for a postdoctoral position. You can find more details about my research here or download my CV for a list of publications.
I am a tutor at MASH (mathematics and statistics help), which provides informal one-to-one support for undergraduates of all abilities. The study room is M15 in the Octagon Centre and up-to-date opening times can be found here. Details of my previous teaching experience can be found on my CV.
I grew in the market town of Lutterworth in South Leicestershire and studied Theoretical Physics at the University of Reading, graduating with First-Class Honours in 2007. In my spare time I enjoy curling up with a good book, particularly literature, poetry and philosophy.