The UK for the first time has more installed capacity to generate electricity from renewable sources than from fossil fuels. The following chart shows the total electricity generating capacity by fuel source for 2015 and 2020. It highlights the growth in renewable capacity, but while coal capacity has reduced the installed generating capacity from gas […]
Visual data display showing which days renewables generate more electricity than fossil fuels and vice versa.
Addressing student workload inconsistencies: design and implementation of a principles of fair assessment guide for academic staff
I was interviewed by award-winning director George Scott for the BBC 2 Classic Albums episode about Don McLean’s “American Pie” album. The interview took place at the Sleeper Sounds Studio in Ladbroke Grove, London on August 2nd 2017. I was on the show as Don McLean‘s biographer and spent a couple of hours talking about […]
Coal mining has been one of the most important industries of industrial Britain, peaking in 1913 with production of 280 million tonnes from an industry employing over 1 million workers at a time when coal provided nearly 100% of primary energy consumption.
A micro-learning task looking at the ‘paradoxical relationship between prosperity and nature loving’.
A micro-learning activity looking at the most common age of death.
I was pleased to participate on the first University of Reading Environmental Science undergraduate field class to Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (NUIST), organised by my colleagues Steve Robinson and Hong Yang. A group of Reading third year students joined 36 Chinese students studying our Environmental Science programme at the Reading-NUIST Academy at […]
In 2018, the Library of Congress National Preservation Board invited me to contribute an essay on “American Pie” as part of their recognition of the importance of this song in American culture. This has now been completed and published.