OUTSIDE ACADEMIA

When not reading the latest journal articles or preparing my own, I have plenty of other activities which keep me on the move. SCUBA diving is my lifeblood and has been since qualifying at the age of 11. Diving and seaside holidays with my family gave me a passion for the sea from a young age. Nowadays most of my diving is for work, but that’s not a complaint!

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SCUBA diving in the Red Sea

Continuing the water theme, I find open water swimming at sunrise an infallibly perfect way to start the day or great way to re-energise after a day at the desk. Road cycling is recent addition to my ever growing list of sports and both the University of Southampton Road Cycling Club (SURC) and the Eilat Mountains provide superb training grounds. I also enjoy rock climbing, body boarding, and running.

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Open water sea swim in Eilat

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Competing in the BUCS 3-Up 23 mile Time Trial for SURC

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Eilat mountain ride with supervisor, Maoz Fine

I am also a keen community volunteer. I have volunteered with my local branch of MENCAP, for adults with learning disabilities since my teenage years until now, and more recently as a PADI Divemaster and fundraiser for the SCUBA Trust, which specializes in teaching people with physical disabilities to SCUBA dive. And, water theme again, I have just started on a path to join my local RNLI committee, the UK’s lifeboat charity.

I am lucky in that my parents always gave me the gift of travelling rather than material goods. That philosophy has stayed with me. I love exploring new cultures and environments. This spreads into my academic style; I’m always keen to make new international collaborations and seek to work in a diverse team. Examples of this can be found in my blog entries.