So what does your job actually involve? Tell us all about it!
I come up with new ideas for cool learning tools to use across our sites. That means a lot of head scratching, thinking and dreaming as well as talking to teachers and students, reading the latest educational research and keeping up to date with technology and its educational potential. What keeps it all fresh is the fact that I still do a bit of teaching so have a pretty good idea of how students are thinking and what they're thinking about. I learn something new every day and hope that I help students to do that too.
What's the most unique part of your role at The Student Room?
I came here along with the website I created - Get Revising. I've never regretted joining up with TSR for a moment. The guys at TSR Learning are great at encouraging me to dream up crazy new ideas and actually take me seriously. By the way, I still go weepy when we get nice messages on Twitter.
What do you find most exciting about working in the student & youth market?
I've worked with 14-19 year olds for 35 years (yes, really) and have loved every minute of it (well, there was that incident in 1981 when Celia Gurney was sick over me but that's another story). I find the students who come to our sites incredibly helpful, willing to share what they know and really keen to help others.
If you could give your student self one piece of advice what would it be?
re questions above: Can I just point out that I was not a 'swot'. My skill was in gentle disruption and subversion rather than direct defiance. Anyway, my advice would be: don't worry - everything is going to be OK. And don't compare yourself with others. Your qualities of reliability,dogged perseverance and hanging around with clever people will eventually pay off.