Roger Straughan's career has been spent teaching in schools, colleges and universities, culminating in his holding the post of Reader in Education at the University of Reading, UK, specialising in the philosophy of education. He gained an MA and Ph.D (London) in that subject, together with an MA in Classics (Cambridge). His university research has led to the writing and editing of many books and articles on issues in education, philosophy and ethics, and he has given invited papers at many international conferences. Psychical questions have also been a life-long interest, and he is an active member of a number of societies and organisations concerned with psychical and spiritual matters. He has been invited to speak at major conferences and has published journal articles and reviews on these subjects, and also on Conan Doyle.