I was born in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea and lived for most of my childhood and adolescence in Ashington in Northumberland. Ashington was once the largest mining village in the world - a distinction which ended when the mines were closed. Thank you Margaret Thatcher. Ashington’s claims to fame are hosting the world leek growing championships and being the birthplace of Jackie Milburn and the brothers Bobby and Jackie Charlton. I believe they are/were famous footballers.
After A levels I became an undergraduate student at the University of Durham’s Psychology Department and a member of Hatfield College. During this time I developed an interest in written language comprehension, real ale, and kendo (Japanese fencing). After graduation I worked for three years as a part time research associate in the anaphora working group for the (now defunct) Human Communication Research Centre. This was a multidisciplinary research centre based out of Cognitive Science in Edinburgh University. Although employed by Edinburgh University, I worked in Durham for Dr Rosemary Stevenson. During this time I enrolled on a part time PhD. In 1992 I was employed by what is now the University of Lincoln.
I am the Director of Undergraduate Teaching. This grand title means only that I provide an administrative overview of undergraduate Psychology programmes. I co-ordinate and teach on the first year core module PSY1109M Introduction to Cognitive Psychology and the second year elective PSY2007M Evolutionary Psychology. I supervise 2nd year small group practical classes and third year dissertations. I am a guest lecturer on language and communication on the second year Comparative Social Behaviour and Cognition elective.
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
PhD (An Investigation of Minimalist and Constructionist Processing Strategies in Pronoun Comprehensi
— University of Durham, 1996
BA (Hons) Psychology (Dunelm)
— University of Durham, 1986
Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Open)
— Open University
With Dr Emile van der Zee I was awarded a mini project grant (for £5,999) entitled Investigating th