After reading Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Trinity College, University of Oxford he completed his doctorate at the University of Liverpool. He founded both AccessHE and the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON). AccessHE is a network of over 200 schools, colleges and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), in London to widen access to (HE). NEON is the national professional organisation for widening access to HE in England with over 80 university members. He holds Visiting Professorships at London Metropolitan University, Amity Business School and Sunway University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is a member of the European Access Network (EAN) Board and has produced over 120 conference papers, and publications in this field.