After studying for a BSc in Physics with Mathematics at Reading University, Simon worked for several years as a product specialist for a research company developing systems to make new types of semiconductor devices. He subsequently studied for a PhD in Semiconductor Physics at Cardiff University and then went on to be a research fellow at Barcelona University. He joined Sheffield Hallam University in 1994, to teach on the Physics degree. He is the Head of Physics at Sheffield Hallam.
Leading the Physics teaching programme, Simon takes responsibility for the excellence of teaching and the quality of student experience. He teaches on all years of the Physics degree and on the Condensed Matter and Quantum Physics modules in particular. Simon is committed to developing student employability and has developed a number of novel ways to achieve this. As a result, Simon has received recognition as a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.
He recently received a student nominated university award for inspirational teaching.
Simon's areas of expertise lie in semiconductor surface and interface physics combined with the development of enterprise teaching and learning.
Simon has authored over 60 research articles, supervised many PhD students and carried out micro and nanotechnology research with a number of European universities, and telecoms, communications and automotive organisations in Germany, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and China.