About Tim

Tim and his cat Louie

Tim likes to: write code, tell jokes, play the bass guitar, take on DIY projects and enthuse about science, electronics & technology.

From a young age, I have had a fascination with technology and can't remember a time where I wasn't tinkering with some form of tech. I also have a long-standing love for science, particular Physics, and consider myself a perpetual learner of everything. Even though I don't always fully understand the topics at hand, I still love to learn and enthuse about new and exciting things.

If you want to get in touch, you can and are encouraged 😄! You can grab on on the social medias in the header, email me on [email protected] or use the contact form (comming soon and will be at the bottom of this page!).

Experience

BPP   Jun 2015 – Present

Digital Learning Developer

Sep 2018 – Present
  • Line manage members of the Digital Learning Development Team within the DTS unit.
  • Aid in the creation, deployment and support of e-learning material, either bespoke, rapid developed or VLE platform-based and to support the delivery of various developments including Moodle and mobile applications.
  • Working with various web and desktop technologies, being at the forefront of our digital product development.
  • Work with senior stakeholders to develop and deliver new and innovative learning materials and platforms.
  • Mentoring new starters and apprentices

E-Learning Developer

Jun 2015 – Aug 2018
  • Maintain, develop and improve existing E-Learning products and resources.
  • Develop new and innovative products, assessments and user experiences online
  • Develop tools to automate manual tasks
  • Supporting internal and external clients, staff and students with technical support and troubleshooting.

Stockport College

E-Learning & E-Resources Developer

Jun 2014 - May 2015

  • Maintain, develop and improve existing E-Learning products and resources using legacy and current web technologies
  • Troubleshooting and technical support for students and staff
  • Perform a significant part in the migrating from the existing out-dated VLE over to a bleeding-edge, purpose built Moodle instance

WOTMATSAW.com

Wordpress Developer & Site Administrator

Sept 2016 - Feb 2019

This project is no longer active, but at the time that it was, I was responsible for the following:

  • Host, maintain and further develop a custom WordPress installation
  • Ongoing technical support and troubleshooting
  • Developing ideas into working features

Projects

Multi-purpose home server

The original plan was to use a Rasberry Pi 3B+ until I fried the CPU (shorted the 5V to the 3.3V rail…). So, I've currently assembled a server from old desktop computer parts, running Debian at its heart with a typical LAMP setup plus other goodies for experimenting and development stuff.

What it does now

  • Nextcloud: for easy file backups, storing and sharing
  • JellyFin: easy music and video consumption

Things I hope to do in the future

  • CCTV Live feed, backup, and offsite backups in case of sabotage
  • Simple home automation

"PiHole"

The goal: network-wide ad blocking using a Raspberry Pi and PiHole.

Since I finished getting this working and implemented it into my home router, I can now enjoy the wonders of the internet with the peace of mind that all the internet-connected devices at home will be free from most ads and tracking services. This makes everything feel quicker by loading fewer resources, safer by allowing me to block suspicious domains network-wide and enjoy the web with fewer interruptions. I pay/donate to the services and products I want to enjoy and feel I shouldn't need to subsidise them any further with my ad and tracking data.

Quizzing Buzzers

A friend likes to host a bi-annual quiz and for a long time, they wished to have a "fastest finger", round but was limited by his options for implementing such a type of round.

Enter Tim, with an Arduino Uno and a weekend. Over a couple of weekends, I built 3 physical buzzers and a control box for the host. The code on the Arduino controlled the different states, kept score for each buzzer and also played tunes that had to be pre-programmed as an array of frequencies and durations to play through a simple buzzer (Imperial March, Jurrasic Park Theme and James Bond 007 Theme).

Currently working on a V2.0 after feedback from the successful first outing - hoping they will see the light of day again in a future quiz round.

Education

FdSc Enterprise Computing

Manchester Metropolitan University

  • Web & Multimedia (HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, jQuery, PHP, MySQL, Adobe CS6 Web and Design Suite)
  • Advanced Programming (Java)
  • Information Systems (Oracle Databases, SQL, Normalisation, UML)
  • Computer System Fundamentals
  • Career Development

Level 2 Retail Apprenticeship

Derby College

  • Customer Service in the Retail Sector
  • The Retail Selling Process
  • How Individuals and Teams Contribute to the Effectiveness of a Retail Business
  • How Retail Businesses Maintain Health & Safety on their Premises
  • Security and Loss Prevention in a Retail Business
  • Handling of Customer Payments in a Retail Business

A-Levels

Marple Sixth Form College

  • BTEC Cert Business Studies
  • Electronics

GCSEs

11 at A-C including Maths, English, Tripple Science, ICT, Music, Graphics…

Awards

BPP Thank You Award

Oct 2019 • BPP

Ownership & Accountability

Jan 2019 • Heather Gough - BPP

You have been nominated several times (including by external teams at BPP) for the great work you do, and for how you drop your own work to help others with critical tasks, with a can-do attitude. Several mentions of how 'nothing is too much trouble' and how supportive you are, whilst always delivering and exceeding expectations.
Thanks for all your continued hard work

BPP Above and Beyond Award

Oct 2018 • BPP

Innovation

Jun 2016 • Jeremy Bodey - BPP

Building new and innovative question types for online assessments:

  • Word Processor question type
  • Spreadsheet question type
  • Various assessment templates and features including a scientific calculator
Thanks for your efforts on the new question types! You have really shown some innovative thinking in coming up with a range of solutions!