Kieran holds an MSc with distinction in Political Communication from Kingston University, London. Prior to Kingston he worked as a further education lecturer and as a full time carer. His research interests include British politics, party competition, parliamentary discourse and text analysis. He is currently working on a PhD thesis on party competition in post-devolution Scotland. He currently teaches PO327 Introduction to Comparative Politics, and previously taught PO326 Introduction to Political Science and PO304 Analysing British Politics Today.