I have always been interested in Universities and how they can improve themselves. I am a successful academic and have held senior posts in the universities of Nottingham, Newcastle, Kent and Liverpool. I offer coaching and training through a training and consultancy company, Parker Derrington Ltd.
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. 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.
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. I also have a blog.