I graduated in Physics from the University of Sheffield in 1986 and gained a PhD in Applied Physics from the University of Hull in 1990. I worked as a Research Associate at the UEA Norwich and at the Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France from 1989-1994 and I was appointed Lecturer in the School of Physics in Manchester in 1994, I moved to the School of EEE in 2004. In 2006 the Royal Academy of Engineering awarded me a “Global research award” to fund a one year sabbatical at the University of California, Santa Barbara where I worked on the development of instrumentation for use with free electron lasers. I was promoted to a Chair in photonics in 2011. My research interests lie in the optical spectroscopy of electronic materials, silicon optoelectronic/photovoltaic devices and the development of spectroscopic techniques and instrumentation.