To provide world leading expertise and integrated state-of-the-art capabilities that allows for construction of seamless chronologies that span 4.6 Ga of Solar System evolution; temporal frameworks that are pivotal within every aspect of the Earth, Planetary and Environmental Sciences.
Time is the 4th dimension that resides at the heart of geoscience research. It is the common thread that binds scientific discoveries within the Earth and Planetary Science Sectors, and places them within context of Earth and Solar System History. Without the ability to reconstruct absolute and relative chronologies, scientists would not be able to tackle the fundamental questions that have both societal and economic consequence to the UK, and beyond. Indeed, throughout the last 100 years it is geochronology (i.e., establishing timescales and rates) that has facilitated many paradigm-shifting breakthroughs (e.g., plate tectonics) and now the ability to obtain high-resolution temporal constraints provides a foundation for a breadth of science. Hence, geochronology is much more than an analytical tool; it is an underpinning science theme that demands transfer of knowledge between disciplines and training of researchers with diverse expertise and skillsets. As such, I have assembled a world-class group of researchers (technicians, young PDRAs, experienced scientists) whilst developing a global-scale collaborative network, all centered around a state-of-the-art laboratory in East Kilbride that has a 9 year track record of delivering world-leading geochronology capabilities and expertise. I, and my team, through the high-impact research we conduct, challenge modern-day paradigms. The nature of the expertise required and exacting analytical work led by me demands long-term continuity and significant infrastructure – I have delivered this through a successful portfolio of grant-funded research (NERC, STFC, EU, Carnegie Trust, Leverhulme Trust, UK Space Agency) and opened up significant new revenue streams for SUERC along the way. My objective has been (and remains) to strengthen and underpin UK science, maximise the impact of SUERC and the University of Glasgow on society, innovate, improve the quality of the next generation of scientists, and engage with, inspire and capture the imagination of the public.