After a BSc in Mathematics and Natural Philosophy at Glasgow University, I did a PhD in Complex Analysis under Prof Jim Clunie at Imperial College, London. I then spent time at University of Maryland College Park, Syracuse University, Glasgow University and Queen Elizabeth College London University before joining The Open University (for which I had tutored since 1973) on 1.1.79. I served as Head of the Pure Mathematics Department in 1979-96, and then Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Computing in 1996-2006 (becoming the longest-serving elected Dean).
Outside The Open University, I have spent time at University of Illinois, Carleton University, The Technion, and University of California San Diego, I was London Mathematical Society Council & General Secretary in 1971-81, LMS Proceedings Editor 1983-86, LMS Publications Secretary 1986-96, and European Mathematical Society Secretary 1999-2002. In addition i have served as External Examiner at around 13 universities in UK and Malaysia, and Teaching Quality Assessor at around 8 universities in Scotland, Wales and England.
I have jointly edited two books, and authored two others - "Geometry" (two editions) and "A First Course in Mathematical Analysis".