During the 1980’s Jeff graduated with an Honours Degree in Maths from Manchester University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from Keele University.
Jeff Joined Keele University in January 2015. Prior to this he worked at a local Sixth Form College for 26 years, the majority of these as a Senior Manager responsible for Teaching and Learning.
Before entering the teaching profession he worked for British Aerospace in Lancashire for 4 years.
Having worked in a college where the majority of the students progress into Higher Education, he is a strong believer in the role and benefit a foundation year can offer in supporting students to fully achieve their potential. It enables students to both “learn how to learn” as well as progress in their chosen academic field.
Research and scholarship
Jeff has a strong passion for cryptography and the "Mathematics of Secrets". He regularly collaborates with both the National Museum of Computing and the Bletchley Park Trust, where he is also a volunteer educational tour guide for 2 days each month.
He has a particular scholarship interest in the Enigma and Lorenz ciphers used by the German Forces in WW2. He won a Keele Teaching Excellence Award in 2022 for "Innovative and Inspirational Teaching" based on this work.
His current interest is in Signals Interception at "Y" Stations in WW2.
He has guest lectured at other Universities in these topics, as well as presenting at a number of National Conferences.
FYO-00213 Foundations of Numerical and Quantitative Methods for Health Sciences
FYO-00235 Advancing Applied Maths and Computing - Logic, Codes & Cryptography
Collaborations and grants awards
Works in partnership with Bletchley Park Trust as a Learning Guide Volunteer and also with the National Museum of Computing.