I joined British Telecommunications Plc (BT) in 1991 on their technician training scheme and worked for 10 years at BT’s research centre called Adastral Park. During my training, I worked in various research groups in BT and studied telecommunications, electronics and software engineering at Suffolk College. During my time at BT I worked on various projects developing novel hardware and software solutions, ranging from problems in telecommunications to information management. In 1995 I was sponsored by BT to study Computer Science at the University of York and after graduating decided to pursue an academic career in computing. I left BT and joined the University of Sheffield in 1999 working as a Research Assistant (RA) in the Department of Computer Science in collaboration with the Journalism Department and the British Press Association on a project entitled “Measuring Text Reuse”. During this time I also completed my PhD under the supervision of Prof. Yorick Wilks. Following various interests in NLP and Information Retrieval (IR) I worked as an RA on a range of research projects until 2005 when I became a lecturer in the Information School. I now head the Information Retrieval research group in the Information School and have continued teaching and researching various aspects of data management and information storage and retrieval.
- Head of Information Retrieval Research Group.
- REF Coordinator
- Co-Director of Digital Societies Network.
- Member of the Departmental Research Committee.
- Programme coordinator for MSc Data Science.
- Deputy programme coordinator for MSc Digital Library Management.
- Module Coordinator:
- Information Retrieval
- Information Systems in Health.
- Staff Review and Development Scheme reviewer.