Ian Phillips

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Ian Phillips was born in Burton-upon-Trent in 1974. He comes from Tamworth in Staffordshire and was educated at St Elizabeth’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Tamworth and St Francis of Assisi RC Secondary School in Aldridge near Walsall. He read BSc Geography at the University of Birmingham between 1992-5. Ian continued at Birmingham University to complete an MSc in Meteorology and Climatology in 1996 and a PhD in Geography in 2000. Ian has been on the teaching staff of the University since September 1999, and lectures on weather, climate and statistics. He is the Chairman of the West Midlands Centre of the Royal Meteorological Society. Whilst Ian is a trained geographer and climatologist, he is best known for writing the most comprehensive account of the 1973 Summerland fire disaster on the Isle of Man.  

Research interests

The Isle of Man Summerland Holiday Centre Fire Disaster

The Climatology of the British Isles, especially rainfall variability


PhD in Geography (The occurrence, dynamical structure and prediction of drought events over Devon and Cornwall over a forty year period), 2000

MSc in Applied Climatology and Meteorology (Distinction), University of Birmingham, 1996

BSc (Hons) in Geography (First Class), University of Birmingham, 1995