I Joined the University of the West of Scotland, as a lecturer in sociology in 2003.  I ended up an academic rather  serendipitously. On graduating from the Polytechnic of North London in 1989 I’ve had a pretty eclectic employment history, including amongst others, civil servant, warehouseman, book restorer, sports journalist, and match day steward at Millwall FC.

Prior to joining UWS I was  Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Social & Cultural Studies of Sport & Leisure,School of Life & Sport Sciences, University of Surrey Roehampton, where I completed my PhD in 2002.

In 2016 I was awarded 1st dan black belt in taekwondo, and in  2019  was a member of the Scotland ITF squad that competed in the EITF Taekwondo European Championships in Rimini, Italy.