Steven Hale qualified with an MSci (Hons) in Physics with Astrophysics from the University of Birmingham in 2001. He went on to join the High-Resolution Optical Spectroscopy (HiROS) research group at Birmingham where he studied for an MPhil in solar physics analysing data from the Birmingham Solar Oscillations Network (BiSON).
Steven continued to work as part of the HiROS group where his research interests moved towards BiSON instrumentation and electronics. He became the lead operations and development manager of BiSON in 2012, and was awarded a PhD in 2019 for his work on BiSON:NG, the next generation of the BiSON observational network.
In 2015 Steven achieved professional registration as Chartered Scientist (CSci) with the Science Council, via the Institute of Science and Technology, and now assesses applications for the CSci, RSci, and RSciTech registers.