After graduating in Physics (first class honours) from Edinburgh University in 1988, I stayed in Edinburgh to do a PhD on the topic "Structural patterns at phase transitions" which I completed in early 1992. I then spent a year as a postdoc With D. Heermann in the Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Heidelberg before moving to the Institute of Physics at Mainz University, where I worked with K. Binder for 3 years as a postdoc. In 1996 I returned to the Physics Department at Edinburgh University to take up a Personal Research Fellowship from the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 1999 I became a temporary lecturer at Edinburgh University before moving in 2000, to take up a permanent lectureship in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Liverpool University. In 2002 I was appointed to a lectureship in the Department of Physics at the University of Bath, becoming a Reader in 2004 and a Professor in 2009.