Faulkes Telescope Team

Prof Paul Roche - Project Director Paul_pic.jpg

Paul is Director of the Faulkes Telescopes Project, and is the longest-serving member of the team, having started in early 2000 whilst Head of Education at the National Space Centre, Leicester. He is now Chair of Astronomy Education at the University of South Wales, and the UK National Schools' Astronomer, working all over the country with school groups, teachers, universities and amateur astronomers. Paul still dabbles in research, mainly working in the field of X-ray binaries and hot stars. He was previously a Senior Lecturer at Cardiff Uni., a Lecturer in Astronomy at the Uni. of Sussex and a research fellow at Southampton Uni. (where he gained his PhD in 1992). In his spare time he teaches martial arts in the South Wales valleys and tries to keep up with his kids. 

Dr Sarah Roberts - Education DirectorSarah_pic.jpg

Sarah started work with the Faulkes Telescope Project (FTP) in January 2005 after completing her PhD in Astronomy, which involved looking for dwarf galaxies in different parts of the Universe. Sarah is currently the Director of Education for the FTP and has produced many of the educational resources for the project. She is responsible for the development of the FT website and online training programmes (http://resources.faulkes-telescope.com)aswell as managing the teacher training programmes for FTP, both face-to-face and online, in the UK and overseas. In addition, Sarah is the UK European Hands-On Universe representative, and project representative for the EU-funded Comenius Teacher Training and Radio Astronomy programmes. Sarah is also course leader and senior lecturer in astronomy at the University of South Wales, and regularly teaches Astronomy to local high school students.

Alison Tripp - Project AdministratorAlison_pic.jpg

Alison started work for the FT Project in November 2006 as the Project Administrator. However, Alison has been working with FT team members for much longer than that as she previously worked in the Physics & Astronomy School Office at Cardiff University where the project was previously based.

Alison has also worked in the University Business School and has extensive experience working in educational environments having worked in schools as an assistant teacher and as a swimming instructor in a local Club. 


Dr. Fraser Lewis - Research Director Fraser_pic.jpg

Fraser has been working with FT since December 2004, and completed his degree in Physical Science with the Open University in 2005. He gained a PhD in 2010 under the supervision of Paul Roche, Simon Clark and Andrew Norton (Open University). He is based at Cardiff University and UK National Co-ordinator for the EU-funded FP7 'Go-Lab' project, aimed at inspiring learners with STEM through the use of online labs. He is also Operations Officer for the National Schools' Observatory at Liverpool John Moores University.

Before working at Faulkes, he was a lighting technician/designer and stage manager, working with a variety of bands and theatre groups at venues throughout UK and Europe. He has frequently been confused with the brother of the guitarist in Tears for Fears, and once accidentally stole Mick Hucknall's bike.