About Me


Information about my research, teaching and publications can be found elsewhere. Here you will find a little bit more information about my background. Feel free to contact me if you wish to know more.

  • University
  • 2004-2008:PhD in Mathematical Physics at Lancaster University.
    Thesis: ''The Electrodynamics of Moving, Elastic Media''.
    Supervisor: Prof. Robin W. Tucker
    2000-2004:First class MSci degree in Theoretical Physics with Applied Mathematics at Lancaster University.
    Taught jointly with Departments of Physics and Mathematics.
    Modules studied on the degree can found here.
  • A Levels
  • Gained from Downham Market Sixth Form, Norfolk

    Further Maths:B

    Achieved Norfolk Scholar status.

Previous Employment
  • Lecturer in Mathematics, "University of Bolton
  • 2014-2021:
    • Position held in the Department of Mathematics, initially as an Associate Lecturer and then promoted to full Lecturer in 2016.
    • The role involved teaching, pastoral and tutorial support to students on a variety of undergraduate courses from HE3–HE7 level across the School of Engineering.
    • The position also promoted continuing research and the development of an outreach programme for the department.
    • A list of modules taught can found here.
  • Research Associate, Lancaster University
  • 2007-2014:
    • Research position within the Industrial Mathematics and Gravity Group (IMGG).
    • Utilised differential geometric and analytic techniques to solve electrodynamic problems at a classical and quantum level, for applications from plasma dynamics to nanotechnology.
    • Wrote bespoke routines in MAPLE and MATLAB to solve a range of physical and mathematics problems, specifically developing a differential geometric package (Manifolds) for MAPLE.
    • Worked as part of the Cockcroft Institute and the ALPHA-X collaboration.
    • A list of modules taught can found here.

Selected Seminars & Outreach
2018:'Through the Looking-Glass, and What Abraham-Minkowski Found There ', University of the Third Age (U3A), Bury.
2016:'Exploring Infinity'. Curious? Futures Festival, Kings Cross London.
An event where I helped guide arts students from Central Saint Martins to create an installation discussing notions of infinity through their work.
  • 'What do Geckos know about Quantum Physics?', TIRI Conference, University of Bolton.
  • 'Science Slam', Manchester Science Festival.>br> An event coupling scientists with poets to create and perform 'science poetry' in order to explain complex ideas through spoken word.
  • 'Science Showoff', Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester.
    A group of scientists are given 15 minutes to discuss their work to entertain and educate a general audience.
2011:'The Electrodynamics of Inhomogeneous Rotating Media', Problems and Developments of Classical Electrodynamics, Bad Honnef, Germany
2009:'An Intrinsic Approach to Forces on Polarisable Media', Fifth Workshop on Advanced Computational Electromagnetics, Academia dei Lincia, Rome
2008:'Forces on Polarisable Media'. Invited to talk at the symposium: ''The Push or Pull of Optical Momentum?'', Grasmere.

Selected Achievements
2023:Achieved Fellowship of the HEA.
2020:Winner of University of Bolton Student-led Teaching Award 2020.
2018:Passed an HEA/AHE-accredited postgraduate module (HE7 level): ''Research Degree Supervision'' at the University of Bolton with a mark of 78%.
2016:An article I co-authored, ''The Dynamics of Compact Laser Pulses'', was highlighted in Europhysics News.
2014:Successfully completed a Higher Education Academy (HEA) accredited ''Supporting Learning Programme'' at Lancaster University, leading to becoming an Associate of the HEA and gained a Staff & Educational Development Association (SEDA) Supporting Learning Award.
2012:The paper ''Exploring Born-Infeld Electrodynamics using Plasmas'' which I co-authored and based in part on my PhD thesis was selected as a 'Highlight of 2011' by the Institute of Physics.
2011:Successfully completed a course on 'Science Communication' run by the National Science Learning Centre..
2005:Local organiser for GCM7 - the Seventh International conference on Geometry, Continua and Microstructure, held at Lancaster University.

Other Interests
Photograph of Dr Timothy J. Walton