Having dabbled with youth work for a year after school, I scanned the Queen’s University Belfast prospectus for a degree course i thought I’d enjoy, finally settling on Theoretical Physics. I completed the 4 year MSci in 2004.
I went back to QUB in 2005, but this time to the Astrophysics Research Centre to get my PhD. Here I had many great experiences, travelling the world and getting to observe at the 4m William Hershel Telescope a few times. My thesis title was ‘Core-collapse supernovae in low-metallicity galaxies and all-sky transient surveys’.
After a stint of Post-Doc work, high-school teaching and managing a Cafe, I’m now back in the Astro Research Centre working as a scientific programmer.