CV: MSci MSc PhD



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 Date Submitted:05-12-2011
 Last Modified:07-12-2011 (02:44)
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 Current job:MSci MSc PhD
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 KeywordsPhD mathematical physics, scientific computing

Born in Doncaster, UK on January 11th, 1983




Centre for Particle Theory,

Durham University, United Kingdom.

Ph.D., Mathematics, January 2011

Thesis Title: Solitons and Volume Preserving Flow

Supervisor: Prof. P. M. Sutcliffe

Thesis introduces volume preserving flow, a modified gradient flow which preserves given global quantities which can be written as a function of the local density. This flow is used to model minimal surfaces using domain wall networks - the flow preserves the volumes bounded by the surfaces. Volume preserving flow is also used to compute static solutions to scale invariant field theories without relying on any symmetry arguments.

M.Sc, Elementary Particle Theory, August 2007

Degree program consisted of a range of lecture topics anda thesis. Lecture topics included classical and quantum field theory, general relativity, string theory, cosmology, non-perturbative methods, supersymmetry, conformal field theory, group theory and the standard model.

Thesis Topic: Black Holes in Higher Dimensions

Supervisor: Prof. R. Gregory

Thesis is a brief review of black holes in higher dimensions. Standard results in 3 + 1 dimensions are

introduced and generalised into higher dimensions. Black ring solutions are introduced and discussed in detail. Finally, Kaluza-Klein type black holes (e.g. black strings) are discussed.


School of Mathematical Sciences,

University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.

M.Sci, Mathematical Physics, August 2005


Danum Sixth Form, Doncaster, UK

A level: Mathematics with Mechanics A (top 5)

August 2001 Further Mathematics A (top 5)

Physics A

Chemistry A

General Studies A

August 2000 Mathematics with Statistics A


Hungerhill School, Doncaster, UK

G.C.S.E. , August 1999

Double Award Science - A*A*, Design and Technology - A*, Geography - A*, Mathematics - A*, History - A, English Literature - A, English Language - B, French - B.

Computer Skills

Basic Knowledge:

php, SQL, basic, html, FORTRAN, Access,C#, script, SAS, MATLAB,MAPLE, Mathematica, parallel programming.

Intermediate Knowledge:

Computer hardware and networking, various word processing suites, Data software, e.g. Gnuplot, Visualisation software e.g. OpenDX, OS: Linux, Windows.

Advanced Knowledge:

C++, Excel, Powerpoint (and Open Office equivalents) LaTEX and general TEX environment.


Publications, Talks and Seminars

Mathematics seminar, School of Mathematics, Statisticsand Actuarial Science, University of Kent, January2011.

Topological solitons seminar, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Durham University, October 2010.

Northern British mathematical physics seminar 24 NBMPS, July 2009.

Topological solitons seminar, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Durham University, February 2009.

Academic speaking evening, St. Mary’s College, Durham University, November 2008.

Particle Theory Student Seminar, Centre for Particle Theory, Durham University, October 2008.

M. Gillard, Solitons in the AFZ Model, Nonlinearity 24, 2729 (2011).

M. Gillard and P.M. Sutcliffe, Solitons in the Nicole Model, J. Math. Phys. 51, 122305 (2010).

M. Gillard and P.M. Sutcliffe, Domain Walls and DoubleBubbles, Proc. R. Soc. Lond. A465, 2911 (2009).


Work Experience

June 2009 – Jan 2011

Bar Manager at St Mary’s College, Durham

St Mary’s College Bar

Working alongside the elected Chairman of the Bar Committee and liaising with the University Licensees I was responsible for all aspects of running the bar. This included staff recruitment and training, financial record keeping and reporting and the maintenance of best practice within the framework of Licensing law and University legislation. Prior to leaving this role I was fully involved in redefining the parameters of the role, and its job description, and training my replacement.


Feb 2007 – June 2009

Operations Officer at St Mary’s College, Durham

St Mary’s College Bar

Reporting to the Bar Manager and responsible for stock management and rotation, maintenance of the cellar and equipment, and the swift resolution of any technical problems.


Sept 2005 – Oct 2006

Technical Graduate Scheme at Corus, Scunthorpe

Corus Construction and Industrial

BOS Plant, Scunthorpe

Reporting to: Technical Manager

Develop standard BOS tapping procedure to improve consistency  insteel quality.

Set up online system monitoring and process indicators related to live process measurements.

Research, Development and Technical Centre, Rotherham

Reporting to: Structural Processes Project Manager

Investigate root cause and develop method to reduce section damage during transportation.

Rod Mill, Scunthorpe

Reporting to: Production Manager

Evaluate and implement upgrade to computerized roll management system.

Optimise roll change strategy to accommodate new breakdown mill.

Medium Section Mill, Scunthorpe

Reporting to: Technical Manager

Evaluate impact of bloom fash on long product rolling.

Dimensional irregularities related to roller straightening.


Apr 2002 – Aug 2005

Director of Special Events at Cripps Hall,

University of Nottingham

Cripps Hall Trading

Directing a Special Events section set up to organise, promote, oversee, and provide security for a variety of special events. Reporting to committees representing the University authorities my duties included business promotion, contract acquisition and financial reporting for the special events section. Through the introduction of training initiatives for our staff I identified an opportunity to develop a Safety and Security section to contract the services of our trained staff for other organisations within the University, eventually employing 30 staff. As Director I was responsible for all aspects of staffing, recruitment, training, evaluation and grievance procedures.


Other Skills

Strong negotiation and interpersonal skills.

Strong communication skills.

Well organised.

Ability to communicate with tact and diplomacy.

Good organizer and motivator.

Strong leader and team player.

Highly proficient with computers.


Interests and Activities

I am a keen football fan and am a season ticket holder at my local club Doncaster Rovers F. C. , getting to as many matches as I can. My interest in football also includes Fantasy football and I am in the process of developing a website to manage the fantasy league that I participate in. Whilst at Nottingham I founded the University darts team and I Captained Durham University team. This gave me the opportunity to organise the first Durham Premier League Darts championship. I enjoy cycling and have taken part in several charity bike rides (fortunately the other participants always seem prepared to wait for me). I am regular member of a pub quiz team and enjoy taking part in quizzes, not only as a contestant, but also as an occasional quiz master.


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