EducationI went to school at Crofton Secondary School which is near Portsmouth. I then went to Bayhouse Sixth Form which was in the next town over. After that I moved to the other end of the country to study Physics at University of Lancaster, and then I got to study abroad for a year in the USA. I then spent one more year at university in Milton Keynes before getting my first job.
QualificationsGCSE's: English,Maths, Science, Sociology, Geography, Music ,ICT (Mostly A's and B's) A Levels: Biology,Physics, Maths, Chemistry (AABC) BSc (Bachelors of Science - University Degree) Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology MSc (Masters of Science - Post-University Degree) Astronautics and Space Engineering PhD in Physics (what i'm doing now, it should be done in 2022)
Work HistoryI've had a Saturday morning job in my local shop, I worked at the local gun club, where I would carry boxes around the grounds to keep all the machines working. When I finished university. I spent a few months working in a phone shop before I was offered a job as a space engineer in Bristol. My bosses at Bristol then sent me to work in France for a year, it was scary because I didn't know how to speak any French, but it was exciting!
Current JobI am a PhD student, which means I am paid by the university to try to answer questions that no one has ever asked before! I look at the design of satellites and spacecraft to help other scientists explore other planets and the universe!
Favourite thing to do in my job: Solve problems that help us explore the universe!
About Me: I'm a PhD student at the University of Leicester, in my spare time I like to rock climb, play music and video games.
I finished university 2015, since then I became more interested in the design of satellites and spacecraft, which has given me many great opportunities to work in the USA and in France, everyone in the world is interested in space! And one of my favourite things is to talk to other people who love space to share ideas with them.
I live in a house with three other PhD students in Leicester, sadly we don’t have any pets, but we do have a collection of stuffed animals, which is the next best thing.
When i’m not thinking about space, I like to take time out and go rock climbing and hiking! I have been on many trips to England, Wales, and even Spain to go climbing, but most days I am at the local climbing wall here in Leicester.
I have been a big Simpsons fan my whole life, and I play guitar, bass and ukulele. I look forward to talking to you all 🙂
My Work: I am a PhD student at University of Leicester, so I am paid to try and find new satellites and spacecraft.
My Typical Day: When you're doing a PhD, every day is different! Some days I am sat at my computer trying to write code to solve complicated space problems, I have to read a lot of papers to learn about my subject, other days I am writing down what i've discovered so that other scientists can learn and build off the lessons I learnt. And then some days I am out and about, either teaching university students, travelling the country to tell people about space or travelling to other countries to present my work!
What I'd do with the prize money: Buy equipment to build models that will help explain space to school kids/ the general public. Right now, i'm thinking about building an apparatus to launch a mini rocket and explain how they work
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Kind, Funny & Adventurous
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Astronauts and my mum
What was your favourite subject at school?
Music or Physics, I had trouble choosing
What did you want to be after you left school?
Everything! A Doctor, a musician, an astronaut
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yep! Usually for joking around too much in class.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
If I couldn't do science myself, I would like to tell everyone else about how exciting science can be.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
A good chicken burger
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Climbed a 400m cliff in Spain, it took the whole day.
Tell us a joke.
How do you organise a party in space? You planet!