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Biography and previous work

Jamie spent several years in Edinburgh, where he first studied for a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. Graduating in 2010, he trained as a teacher in secondary mathematics, receiving a PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status from the University of Leeds. He taught mathematics for several years in Leeds, Sheffield and Edinburgh, and is currently reading for a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield.

Current research

His current research focuses on the use of finite element modelling to assist in the prediction and confirmation of the rheological properties of native silk solutions.

Personal interests

Outwith the world of silk, he is a keen climber and mountaineer, who occasionally dabbles in cycling, swimming and even fell running if the weather is sufficiently bad. More sedentary pursuits include learning languages (Spanish and Italian) and playing the piano.