**Cambridge**

I was a Kitchener Scholar at the **University of Cambridge**, where I was awarded an Entrance Prize by **Trinity College** (pictured above) and the Philpott Prize for a first class examination performance in Tort Law.

*You can click on the title ‘Cambridge’ above to see my degree certificate.*

In addition to academic work, my proudest achievement was publishing ** Ivory Tower**, a book about undergraduate life. Click

**here**to see my pride at discovering the University Library at Cambridge has two copies in the Rare Books Room, where it also keeps only one copy of

**Newton’s**.

*Principia***Open university**

After graduating from Cambridge I founded and edited ** MXpress**, a newspaper for young people that sold over 30,000 copies. My ambition had always been to teach, however, and I began my career by taking a degree with the

**Open University**, where I studied Mathematics and Physics. I won the Leslie Walshaw Award for scoring 100% in the examination in Mathematical Models and Methods. (In fact I achieved first class passes in every assignment and examination I took throughout the degree.) I subsequently taught mathematics at the Open University as an Associate Lecturer.

**lifelong learning**

I love learning and believe it’s important for teachers to also be students. I spent a year at the **University of York**, where I studied second year Physics and I was an Enterprise Fellow at **York St John University**, where I studied Business.

**Professional development**

In the last few years I have attended a week-long course for heads of mathematics at the University of Cambridge, and three week-long courses at the **University of London**: on Mathematics, Astronomy, and Particle Physics, which included **a visit underground** to see the **CMS particle detector at CERN**.

**Professional Education**

I worked for **Ernst & Young**, one of the ‘Big Four’ accountancy firms, where I took the **Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland**’s exams. I passed all of them and came top of my class in the Financial Accounting paper.