Toby has been teaching Education Studies at the University of Northampton for seven years, with special interest in the History of Education, Heritage, Politics and Culture. He is the author of six books, including four history textbooks for A level, GCSE and two novels plus several research articles.
Studying Modern History at the University of Oxford (Mansfield College), Toby returned to study for a Masters in medieval history before completing a PhD at the University of Southampton. He is a qualified secondary teacher (PGCE University of Bath) and has taught in a range of schools and colleges across the United Kingdom in the Independent, Maintained and FE sectors. Toby was head of department in several schools and assistant head including curriculum.
Toby’s teaching and research has taken him to Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Berlin, Istanbul, Normandy, Jerusalem, Jordan and the battlefields of France, Belgium and Gallipoli. At UON, Toby leads trips to London (British Museum, Museum of Childhood), Leicester and locally and participated on an SU study visit to Poland (Krakow and Auschwitz). In 2017 Toby was nominated for a STAR award by students for innovation in teaching technologies.
Toby is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Currently, Toby is writing a book on The Making of England: from Rome to Reformation due for publication in late 2021.