I attended St Anselms primary school in Southall (West London) and Cardinal Wiseman High School (West London). I then did my first two degrees at the University of Gloucestershire, and my PhD at Anglia Ruskin University
I have a PhD (doctorate), MSc (Master’s degree), and BSc (first degree).
Before uni I got paid (a little…) to play football. While I was at uni I worked in a bar – made the best friends you could imagine. Since uni I’ve taught in a college in East London, then at the University of Westminster, and now I’m at Bath Spa Uni.
I am senior lecturer of psychology at Bath Spa University.
Bath Spa University.
Finding out why the job that someone does can make them ill is one thing, but I really like to come up with things to stop them getting ill in the first place. That’s what my research does.
I’m the most normal guy. I like music, sport, love my daughter (and fiance….) and really enjoy my jobRead more
I’m a young black (well, mixed race) psychologist working at a university in Bath – there aren’t too many of us! I have a 6 year old daughter who is probably the best little person in the world. Sports are a huge part of my life – I train in mixed martial arts, although used to be a semi-pro footballer (until a knee injury ended that dream…). I’m also getting married in August and on the honeymoon we are visiting Dominca where half of my family are from. I’ve never been there before but it’s in the Caribbean – it’s got to be awesome right?
I’m an academic. That means I do *some* teaching, and research what can cause ill mental health at workRead more
So I’m not the kind of scientist that works with test tubes, brain scans, or wears a lab coat. I do ‘applied’ research – that means that I work with people in the real world. In particular I work with ‘public service’ workers to find out what it is about their jobs which causes mental health problems. Therefore I have worked with teachers, social workers, the police, NHS staff, care workers – all people who provide key services to people who need it but who are also quite susceptible to developing ill mental health because of their job.
For one day a week I also lecture at the university – I lecture in ‘Personality and Individual Differences’. This means I look at controversial issues in personality and intelligence research. For example do you think men are more intelligent than women? Or do you think white people are more intelligent than black people? Are personality and intelligence due to nature (i.e. our genes and biology) or nurture (i.e. the environment around us). These are the kinds of topics that I teach on!
My Typical Day
A bit of teaching, a load of researchRead more
Because I’m not a ‘typical’ researcher, I don’t have a typical day. One day a week I teach and then other days are full of a variety of things. Some times I’ll be researching, other times I’ll be meeting people, then I might be doing media stuff on the TV or radio, or I might be travelling. Whatever happens my job is REALLY flexible – this means that I can pretty much do what I want, when I want. Therefore I get to see my family all the time, I get to do (and watch) unreal amount of sports, hand out with my friends etc etc etc. I love this job because it allows me to live my life – I’d recommend it to anyone!
What I'd do with the money
I’d invite students from across the country to see the kind of research that I do on a daily basisRead more
I actually didn’t know there was money – what would I do? Erm I’d love to hold an event in which I bring loads of students your age to see what I do in a typical day. I’d hope that it would inspire you to work toward a job like mine (even if the topic doesn’t interest you, being in academia is a good job to have).
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Real, hard-working (that counts as one word…), approachable
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Playing in the FA Cup – we went out in the final qualifying round on penalties :-( (I didn’t take penalties but, as a defender, I was RUBBISH at them)
What did you want to be after you left school?
I had no idea. I went to uni to study psychology and had so much fun I never left.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yep. Kicked out of class a few times. Detention quite a lot.
What was your favourite subject at school?
Kinda geeky but I liked biology most…
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
You get to choose when and where you travel. As I write this I’m in an airport waiting for a flight, eating and drinking – all paid for by my University
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
You know what? There weren’t any inspirations for me. I’d never see any young mixed race scientists promoting their work. That’s actually why I’m doing this – to inspire other (black, white, and everything else!) youngsters to get into something that they’re interested in.
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
When I was younger I’d have said footballer (to be fair, that’s always been my first love). Now I’d love to have been an MMA fighter. Other than that I have no idea.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
I honestly don’t believe in wishes. Work hard – you’ll get everything you want – and play hard. You get what you work for in life.
Tell us a joke.
Why? Are you actually going to read this…?
So, I hate having my picture taken. No lie – I hate it. But I had to have a load of pictures taken as I’m doing some more TV stuff in the next couple of weeks, so I’ve just uploaded a couple of those.