Garrick Fincham originally trained as an archaeologist, working for some years in the field, and getting his PhD from Leicester in 2001. He worked for a while as an Education Officer in the museum sector, and published on how to kick-start education initiatives in museums libraries and archives. He has also worked in Adult Education as a researcher for the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, helping to make the NIACE submission to the Foster Review of FE. He moved to UEA in 2005, where he has analysed league tables and been involved in institutional performance monitoring. He is also a member of a steering group for a national league table.