Today is the 203rd day of the year
(so, only 162 more to go)
Frank Zappa once said:
A drug is not bad. A drug is a chemical compound. The problem comes in when people who take drugs treat them like a license to behave like an asshole.
I have developed systems in both commercial and academic environments, using a variety of technologies. I have also been an experienced, qualified teacher and supporter of teaching activity in the HE sector. I have dealt successfully with clients of many types and am able to accept responsibility, adapt and work within rapidly changing environments, both individually and as a part of a larger team.
Full, clean UK driving licence.
ITIL v3 Foundation qualified (April 2017)
University of Hull PgCert in Management in Higher Education
University of Hull PgCert in Research Training
I am a member of Wikimedia UK
I also maintain a hub page at about.me, which includes links to my other social networking data, including LinkedIn, ORCID and academia.edu, inter alia
as part of
November 1999 - May 2016
Teaching & academic support for a number of UG and PG modules; design of courses, preparation of teaching materials and assessment. Management of dedicated network provision, and technical support for selected academic and research activities.
May 1997 - October 1999
Work on both internal and external projects for a wide range of customers, from small businesses to local government and similar sized organizations (e.g LSCs). This work was a mix of development and client-facing activity
HTML/XML/Mark up Languages: Experience of various generations of HTML since mid-1990s. Have also worked with XML/XSLT, UX design and usability and accessibility standards such as WCAG and WAI.
TCP/IP networking and associated network protocols and applications including DNS,
DHCP in multi-platform environments. Some use of analysis tools such as Wireshark,
Web/Application Servers: Administration, installation and maintenance of mainly Apache 1.3 and 2.x in Unix/Linux and Windows environments. Currently supporting and developing for Mediawiki+MySQL, including bot and extension construction. Knowledge and experience of RESTful setups and SOAs.
Operating Systems: Most current experience focused around Mac OS X, but have also supported multi-server Fedora and Ubuntu setups, including previous setups for 50+ client Linux and Mac OS X labs.
Other Systems: DBA for teaching purposes, mainly using PostgresSQL although I have also used MySQL to a lesser degree.
Experience of preparing and delivering teaching materials, technical reports and briefing documents and other written content. Presenting material for a variety of audiences, including lectures, seminars and laboratory teaching. Client-facing skills in previous commercial and current project work.