I am professor and pro-vice chancellor for Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Liverpool. I have also held leadership positions at the University of Kent, Newcastle University and Nottingham University.
When I left school I wanted to be a (medical) doctor and went to Oxford University to study Medicine. However, when I started learning about – and doing – research on the brain, I got interested in research and I decided to do a PhD before finishing my medical studies. As it happened, I never went back!
My research seeks to understand the brain mechanisms of visual perception. I have published influential papers on the mechanisms of colour vision, the limits of vision, the perception of spatial structure, mechanisms of orientation-discrimination and on the analysis and perception of motion.
I have a particular interest in academic leadership and management. I occasionally blog about issues related to academic management as Russell Dean. With Jacqueline Aldridge, a colleague from the University of Kent, I have written a book to help academics to decide what sort of research grants to apply for, and to write better research grant applications. We also have a blog about grant-writing.