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 has 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.
In 2015 Steven was awarded the professional registration of Chartered Scientist (CSci) by the Science Council, via the Institute of Science and Technology, and has since gone on to become an assessor of applications to the Science Council for the RSci and RSciTech registers.