About me

Pedaling for Malawi in 2017

Thanks for visiting my website. In these pages I offer some information about my life, my work and my interests. I update it regularly but do get in touch with me if there is something else I could include which might be of interest to people.

I divide my paid work time between teaching and research. I enjoy working with students as well as researching issues that are of importance in education today. My ‘portfolio career’ includes research, evaluation and staff development, the latter is mostly in relation to online teaching tools. I am involved in a voluntary capacity in a number of organisations. Chief among these is the Mamie Martin Fund, a small but sturdy charity of which I am proud to be a founder Trustee. We support girls’ education in North Malawi and I have had the privilege of meeting many of those girls and their teachers on several visits. As part of a group in Scotland I ‘Pedalled for Scotland’ – 45 miles from Glasgow to Edinburgh in September 2017 – to raise funds for this important work and am involved in the ‘Wee Jaunts’ and other cycling jaunts in 2018.

I am also an active supporter of Freedom from Torture and currently chair its local group in Edinburgh, which has a Facebook page as Freedom from Torture Edinburgh Local Group.  Meeting and working with migrants from all over the world dovetails with my interest in travel and the one enhances the other.

Travelling by public transport in Malawi

When I am not working I like to keep up with family and friends around the world and the world just seems to get bigger as I explore it. Cycling over bridges in 2013 combined my travelling bug with loving to be on a bike and each year I’ve had a themed cycling holiday in Scotland. ‘Distilleries’ was the theme in 2016 and we moved onto ‘ferries’ in 2017. 2018 will be a closer exploration of Mull and Ardnamurchan, taking in Iona and Ulva.