Having completed his Psychology BSc at the University of Wales, Bangor (now Bangor University) in 2001, Tim continued there to do a PhD under the supervision of Guillaume Thierry. Tim’s thesis examined event-related potential (ERP) correlates of developmental dyslexia. In 2005, he moved to the University of Cambridge to work as a research associate at the CNE with Usha Goswami. During his time at Cambridge Tim investigated auditory processing deficits in dyslexic children using behavioural and neural measures. Tim joined Queen's University Belfast as a lecturer in 2009.