Michael obtained a master's degree in Mathematics (MMath) from the University of Warwick in 2011 and his 4th Year research project "Avoiding sigma porous sets in Hilbert spaces", supervised by Professor David Preiss, earnt him the Warwick MMath Prize. Michael then went on to study for a PhD in Pure Mathematics, supervised by Professor Olga Maleva, at the University of Birmingham between 2011 and 2014. In his PhD thesis "Differentiability and negligible sets in Banach spaces", Michael, among other things, investigated the Minkowski dimension of sets capturing points of differentiability of every Lipschitz function. After obtaining his PhD, Michael held positions as a postdoc for a total of 6 years at University of Innsbruck in Austria, during which time he obtained an Austrian Science Fund grant for his research project "Lipschitz mappings, differentiability and exceptional sets". Michael held a further postdoc position at the University of Leipzig, starting in 2020, before arriving in Birmingham in 2022.