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My current teaching responsibilities include:

  • Introduction to Astrophysics and Cosmology - the core astrophysics course for first year undergraduates in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester. Around 260 new students of physics get to hear all about the Universe from me.
  • I teach a postgraduate course on Python programming as part of Phys 60441: Techniques of Radio Astronomy.
  • I supervise MPhys undergraduate research projects including my development of the web-controlled 7-m radio telescope at Jodrell Bank and a new remotely-controlled 11-inch optical telescope.

For ten years from 2000 I was responsible for the development and delivery of a programme of part-time undergraduate distance learning courses in astronomy. The programme comprised four courses: Life in the Universe and SETI, Introduction to Radio Astronomy, Exploring the Radio Universe and Frontiers of Modern Astronomy. This included worked with colleagues at Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Central Lancashire and the Open University on collaborative e-learning programmes.