# About Me #

I entered the University of Glasgow in 2016 to study computational physics, but soon discovered that I enjoyed university mathematics much more than in High school and so switched to theoretical physics over the summer of my 1st year. I was primarily interested in particle physics through my degree, writing projects quark-gluon plasma in my 2nd year and electroweak symmetry breaking and extensions to the Higgs mechanism in my 4th year. In my final year I decided I didn’t want to pursue a PhD in high-energy theory so I wrote my masters thesis *“Optics in curved spaces”* with Johannes Courtial. Now I work on similar themes, those of optics and geometry, in my PhD at the University of Birmingham where I am part of the theoretical physics group and CDT in *Topological Design*. Currently I am in the 3rd year of my PhD, I am supervised by Professor Mark Dennis. For more about my research look here

## Travel #

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## Academic History #

**2021-2025:** PhD in Theoretical Physics, Univerity of Birmingham

**2022-2023:**SPIE Photonics Champion, Univerity of Birmingham Quantum Hub**Summer 2022:**University of Glasgow Visiting student

**2016-2021:** MSci Theoretical Physics with Honours of the First Class, University of Glasgow

**2021:**Summer Internship - Optics Group, Univerity of Glasgow**Masters Thesis (5th Year):**Optics in Curved Spaces, supervised by Johannes Courtial**Literature Project (4th Year):**Generic Higgs Mechanism Extensions, supervised by David Miller**2019:**Summer Internship -*“An Improved Model for Calculating Optimal Undulator Gaps on Hard X-ray Beamlines”*, Diamond Light Source

**2011-2016:** SQA Highers AAAAB, Carrick Academy

## Graduate Courses Taken #

**Physics**

- General Relativity and Gravitation
- Dynamics, Electrodynamics & Relativity
- Physics M Project
- Problem Solving Workshop
- Relativistic Quantum Fields
- Statistical Mechanics
- Quantum Information
- Electromagnetic Theory
- Groups And Symmetries

**Mathematics**

- Introduction to Topology and its Applications
- Advanced Differential Geometry and Topology

## Technical Skills #

- Linux
- Python Programming