Today is the 296th day of the year
(so, only 69 more to go)
Frank Zappa once said:
The creation and destruction of harmonic and 'statistical' tensions is essential to the maintenance of compositional drama. Any composition (or improvisation) which remains consistent and 'regular' throughout is, for me, equivalent to watching a movie with only good guys in it, or eating cottage cheese.
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.