I blog as part of The Aperiodical.

My column at The Aperiodical is Travels in a Mathematical World. See all my posts at The Aperiodical.

Visit my YouTube channel for videos on puzzles and maths history, as well as higher education maths curriculum talks.

## CV

### Current employment

I am currently employed as:

**Reader in higher education mathematics teaching and learning**(Sheffield Hallam University), 12/2016-present.

### Current other roles

I have the following other roles and responsibilities:

**Committee member**, 'Mathcentre 2.0' Resource Capture project, sigma Network, 03/2018-present.**IMA representative**, Royal Society STEMM Disability Advisory Committee, 11/2017-present.**Member**, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications Communications Committee, 07/2016-present.**Member**, Greenwich Maths Centre Advisory Board, 05/2015-present.**Editor**, MSOR Connections, 11/2014-present.**Committee member**, London Mathematical Society Education Subcommittee on Public Engagement, 05/2014-present.

### Quality Assurance reviewing activity

**External examiner**, BSc Mathematics and MMath courses, Keele University, 01/2018-present.**External examiner**, BSc Mathematics courses, University of Worcester, 11/2015-present.**External Panel Member**, BSc (Hons) Mathematics (revalidation) and BSc (Hons) Data Science (validation), Kingston University, 15/09/2017.**External Assessor for BSc (Hons) Mathematics at Kingston University**, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications Programme Accreditation Scheme, 15/09/2017.**External Panel Member**, Validation panel for new PG Certificate in Mathematical and Statistical Modelling, London Metropolitan University, 25/02/2015.

### Other reviewing activity

Ongoing:

**Reviewer**, journal articles, International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, since 2018.**Reviewer**, ethics applications, Research Ethics Committee, Faculty of Development & Society, Sheffield Hallam University, since 2017.**Reviewer**, journal articles, Teaching Mathematics and its Applications: An International Journal of the IMA, since 2015.**Reviewer**, journal articles, MSOR Connections, since 2014.

Past:

**Reviewer**, book proposal, Oxford University Press, 2018.**Reviewer**, conference papers, RAISE Conference 2018 'Working better together: collaborations in student engagement', 2018.**Review panel member**, project funding, Faculty Educational Research Grant Scheme, 2017/18.**Reviewer**, National Teaching Fellow applications, Higher Education Academy, 2017.**Reviewer**, research outputs, Mini-REF (mock REF exercise) for Unit of Assessment 25 (Education), Sheffield Hallam University, 2017.**Reviewer**, conference papers, Learning & Teaching Conference 'The Quality Paradox: Creativity and Compliance in a TEF World', Sheffield Hallam University, 2017.**Review Panel member**, project funding, ACES Teaching Enhancement Grants 2016/17, Sheffield Hallam University, 2016.**Rapporteur**, Approval of Research Programme (PhD), Sheffield Hallam University, 2016.**Scientific Committee member**, conference papers, 'Mathematics Education beyond 16: Pathways and Transitions' conference, Dec 2015-July 2017.**Programme Committee member**, conference papers, 'International Conference on Barriers and Enablers to Learning Maths' conference, Oct 2014-June 2015.**External reviewer**, University of Bath Maths and Stats Help 'Getting started with...' maths/stats software tutorial video resources, April 2014-April 2015.**Reviewer**, project funding, Higher Education Academy Engineering Subject Centre, 2010.**External judge**, undergraduate poster competition, Further Maths Support Programme and Rolls-Royce, Jan 2009 & Jan 2010.

### Grants

As principal applicant/investigator:

**Maths content and concepts at the transition to university**, £300, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications Education Grant Scheme, 2017.**Student Employability Audit**, £968.76, ACES Teaching Enhancement Grant, Sheffield Hallam University, 2016 (with Jeff Waldock, Sheffield Hallam University).**Maths Arcade and games in education**, £897, ACES Teaching Enhancement Grant, Sheffield Hallam University, 2016 (with Claire Cornock, Sheffield Hallam University).**Broadening students' experience of mathematics in practice**, £596.45, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications Education Grant Scheme, 2016.**Employability Special Interest Group**, £2,000, sigma Network, 2016 (with Jeff Waldock, Sheffield Hallam University (joint PI); Noel-Ann Bradshaw, University of Greenwich; Jonathan Cole, Queens University, Belfast; Dave Faulkner, University of Hertfordshire; Laura Hooke, Loughborough University; Cheryl Voake-Jones, University of Bath; Frances Whalley, University of Hertfordshire; and, Kinga Zaczek, Royal Holloway, University of London).**Maths Arcade Enhancements**, £1,000, ACES Teaching Enhancement Fund, Sheffield Hallam University, 2015 (with Claire Cornock, Sheffield Hallam University).**Effective Outreach in Mathematics**, £1,360, Maths Undergraduate Research Scholarship, Nottingham Trent University, 2015 (with James Hind, Nottingham Trent University).**Evaluation and development of the Maths Arcade at NTU and nationally**, £1,700, Scholarship Projects for Undergraduate Research, Nottingham Trent University, 2014 (with James Hind, Nottingham Trent University; Noel-Ann Bradshaw, University of Greenwich; Claire Cornock, Sheffield Hallam University; Edmund Chadwick, Salford University; Emma Cliffe, University of Bath; Calvin Smith, University of Reading).**Technology in mathematical sciences teaching**, £750, Higher Education Academy commissioned research, 2014.**Taking Maths Further podcasts to promote further study of mathematics**, £2,750, Mathematics in Education and Industry, 2014 (with Katie Steckles, University of Manchester).**Maths Arcade at Nottingham Trent University**, £400, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications University Grants Scheme, 2013 (with Kingsley Webster, Nottingham Trent University).**Accessibility in Maths, Stats and OR: LaTeX and Braille**, £5,000, Higher Education Academy Subject Centre: Maths, Stats and OR Network Mini-projects, 2007 (with Emma Wright, University of Nottingham; Michael Whapples, independent).**E-Learning in Mathematical Subjects**, £600, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications Small Grant Scheme, 2006 (with David Fairhurst, Nottingham Trent University).

As collaborator:

**Development of a discipline/subject sense of identity and community, encompassing both students and staff**, £2,000, Learning Enhancement and Academic Development Associates 2018, Sheffield Hallam University, 2018 (with Mike Robinson (PI), Claire Cornock and Ros Porter, Sheffield Hallam University).**Enhancing student awareness of skills development and career options in mathematics**, £897, ACES Teaching Enhancement Grant, Sheffield Hallam University, 2017 (with Claire Cornock (PI), Ros Porter and Jeff Waldock, Sheffield Hallam University).**Revitalising placement preparation and employability content in level 5 BSc Mathematics**, £986.70, ACES Teaching Enhancement Grant, Sheffield Hallam University, 2017 (with Ros Porter (PI), Claire Cornock, Eleanor Lingham and Jeff Waldock, Sheffield Hallam University).**Enhancing engineering academics' pedagogical competencies for Engineering-in-Context**, ZAR1,999,600, Engineering Education Existing Staff Capacity Enhancement Programme 1 April 2017-31 March 2019, 2017 (with Chris Winberg, Cape Peninsula University of Technology (PI); Marshall Sheldon, Cape Peninsula University of Technology; Ken Barris, Cape Peninsula University of Technology; Trunette Joseph, Cape Peninsula University of Technology; Senzo J. Malinga, Mangosuthu University of Technology; Manyane Makua, Mangosuthu University of Technology; Fundiswa Nofemela, Mangosuthu University of Technology; Anton Basson, Stellenbosch University; Karin Wolff, Stellenbosch University; Jeff Waldock, Sheffield Hallam University; David Greenfield, Sheffield Hallam University; Oliver Lewis, Sheffield Hallam University; Patrick Johnson, Sheffield Hallam University; Mike Bramhall, Sheffield Hallam University).**Unsolved puzzles & more with Think Maths**, £600, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications Education Grant Scheme, 2016 (with Sasha Pratt, Generating Genius (PI)).**Maths Arcade for schools**, £540, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications Education Grant Scheme, 2014 (with Diane Hennigan, Alsop High School (PI) and Liz Hind, Liverpool STEMNET).

### Professional membership

I am a member of the following professional bodies:

**Higher Education Academy**since 2009; current grade: Senior Fellow (SFHEA).**Institute of Mathematics and its Applications**since 2005; current grade: Chartered Mathematician and Fellow (CMath FIMA).

I am also a member of the following:

**British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM)**since 2008.**British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM)**since 2008.

### Qualifications

I hold the following qualifications:

**PhD**, Nottingham Trent University, 2014. (Thesis title: 'A Partially-automated Approach to the Assessment of Mathematics in Higher Education'.)**PGCertHE Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (Distinction)**, Nottingham Trent University, 2009.**MSc Engineering Multimedia (Distinction)**, Nottingham Trent University, 2004. (Dissertation title: 'Asking Questions With MathML: dynamic treatment of XML and pseudo-randomised mathematics assessment'.)**BSc (Hons) Mathematics**, University of Nottingham, 2002.**A-Levels & GCSEs**, Toot Hill Comprehensive School, Bingham, Notts., 1999. (A-Levels: Maths (A), Further Maths (A), Physics (A), Chemistry (B); GCSEs: 10, including Maths (A*), Science (A*AA) and English (A).)

### Previous employment

Previously I have been employed as (since 2002):

**Senior Lecturer in Mathematics**(Sheffield Hallam University), 09/2015-11/2016.**Principal Lecturer in Mathematics and Employability Coordinator for Science and Technology**(Nottingham Trent University), 09/2014-09/2015.**Lecturer**(Nottingham Trent University), 10/2012-08/2014.**Lecturer**(Keele University), 09/2012-01/2013.**Higher Education Curriculum Innovation Advisor**(Maths, Stats and OR (MSOR) Network), 08/2010-09/2012.**Technology Enhanced Learning Officer**(School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Nottingham), 03/2009-08/2010.**University Liaison Officer**(Institute of Mathematics and its Applications), 01/2008-07/2010.**Project lead**("Accessibility in MSOR: LaTeX and Braille", Nottingham Trent University), 10/2007-12/2009.**Lecturer**(Nottingham Trent University), 01/2008-06/2009.**Disability support**(University of Nottingham), 05/2007-12/2008.**Writer, Maths Levelling Up Course**(Institute of Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy, University of Nottingham), 11/2007-03/2008.**Web/educational developer**(RSS Centre for Statistical Education), 03/2004-12/2007.**Researcher**("Use of Projects in Mathematics", University of Nottingham), 07/2004-09/2004.**Consultant Web Developer, Maths Careers website**(Council for the Mathematical Sciences), 01/2004-03/2004.**Project Support Officer, MELEES**(School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Nottingham), 07/2003-09/2003.**Project Support Officer, MELEES**(School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Nottingham), 09/2002-12/2002.

### Previous other roles

I have previously held the following other roles and responsibilities:

**Independent Chair, PhD viva**, Sheffield Hallam University, 01/2018-01/2018.**Founding co-chair**, Employability Special Interest Group, sigma Network, 03/2016-10/2017.**Committee member**, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications East Midlands Branch (Chair 2012-14; Vice-Chair 2008-12), 05/2007-03/2016.**STEM Ambassador**, STEMNET, 05/2010-01/2016.**Chair**, School of Science and Technology 'Enhancing Employability' working group, Nottingham Trent University, 09/2014-09/2015.**Member**, School of Science and Technology 'Academic Standards and Quality' committee, Nottingham Trent University, 09/2014-09/2015.**Member**, College of Arts and Science 'Support and Development of International Placements' working group, 09/2014-09/2015.**Staff member**, School of Science and Technology 'Student Forum', Nottingham Trent University, 09/2014-09/2015.**Member**, School of Science and Technology 'Course tutorial' working group, Nottingham Trent University, 09/2014-09/2015.**Member**, School of Science and Technology 'Staff-student community' working group, Nottingham Trent University, 09/2013-08/2014.**Council member**, The British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM), 09/2009-12/2013.**Committee member**, IMA Early Career Mathematicians Group Committee, 11/2010-11/2012.**Founding chair**, Accessing Maths, Stats and OR (AccessMSOR), a Working Group of the Higher Education Academy Maths, Stats and OR Network, 02/2008-12/2009.**Co-organiser**, E-Learning in Mathematical Subjects (ELMS), 11/2005-05/2009.**Co-ordinator**, "MathML/XML Series" in MSOR Connections, 11/2005-02/2008.**Student representative**, College Research Degrees Committee, Science & Technology, Nottingham Trent University, 01/2006-12/2007.**Student representative**, Course Committee, MSc Engineering Multimedia, Nottingham Trent University, 01/2003-12/2003.

### Supervision

Doctoral:

Supervisor for Siavosh Haghighi Movahed,

*An Investigation into new ways of designing laboratory activities within a modern computer networking curriculum*, 2017-22.Director of Studies for Alex Crombie,

*The contribution of multi-disciplinary problem-solving interventions to undergraduate employability skills development*, 2016-19.

As employer of student researchers:

Co-supervisor for Farzana Islam and Tina Iyamu,

*Revitalising placement preparation and employability content in level 5 BSc Mathematics*, 2018.Co-supervisor for Will Evanson and Zoe Cox,

*Enhancing student awareness of skills development and career options in mathematics*, 2018.Supervisor for Amber Parkes and Ellie Weatherald,

*Student employability audit*, 2017.Main supervisor for Lewis Hartley and Edd Smith,

*Games in mathematics higher education*, 2017.Main supervisor for Daniel Arnold and Joseph Sugrue,

*Maths Arcade enhancements*, 2017.Main supervisor for Lisa Eccleston and Peter Tonks,

*Maths Arcade enhancements*, 2016.Main supervisor for Anna Johnson and Callum Mulligan,

*Effective outreach in mathematics*, 2015.Main supervisor for Kingsley Webster,

*Evaluation and development of the Maths Arcade at NTU and nationally*, 2014.

Undergraduate final year projects:

Supervisor for Michelle Yuste,

*Geometrical Methods for Numerical Approximations of Pi*, 2017/18.Supervisor for Edd Smith,

*Teaching Mathematical Concepts Using Puzzles and Games*, 2017/18.Supervisor for Rob Mace,

*Creating a computer program to play Noughts and Crosses optimally*, 2017/18.Supervisor for Skye Kelly,

*Effectiveness of mathematics assessment at higher education*, 2017/18.Supervisor for Rebekah Farooq-Smith,

*The Origins of Calculus and its Influence on Education*, 2017/18.Supervisor for Daryl Wright,

*Game theory: analysis of Nim games and their variants*, 2016/17.Supervisor for Sam Curtis,

*Using the techniques of game theory to analyse the proofs, strategies and algorithms in the game of Hex*, 2016/17.Supervisor for Hannah Cooper,

*A study into the strategies and implementation of 'Noughts and Crosses' using Visual Basic for Applications*, 2016/17.Supervisor for Alex Capes,

*Making mathematicians: a study into the mathematical concepts that are essential in the first year of study for BSc Mathematics*, 2016/17.Supervisor for Janine Brook,

*The history of mathematics education*, 2016/17.Supervisor for Kate Thomas,

*History of algebra: from ancient Egyptians to the study of early group theory*, 2015/16.Supervisor for Glory Raju,

*Maths anxiety experienced by children undergoing transition between primary and secondary schools in North and East Midlands of England*, 2015/16.Supervisor for Nicola Bland,

*An analysis of lottery game design: exploring the key factors in maximising income generated from ticket sales*, 2015/16.Supervisor for Daniel Wiltshire,

*Fermat's Little Theorem and RSA cryptosystems*, 2014/15.Supervisor for Kingsley Webster,

*A game theory analysis of noughts and crosses and its variants*, 2014/15.Supervisor for Helen Thompson,

*Hex: maths games and education*, 2014/15.Supervisor for Grace Marsella,

*The Hilbert and Clay prize problems*, 2014/15.Supervisor for Thomas Hayes,

*Calculating pi: an investigation of infinite series to calculate pi*, 2014/15.Supervisor for Anthony Fox,

*Analysis of Nim based games*, 2014/15.Supervisor for George Rawlings,

*The history of the Golden Ratio and its role in the perception of beauty*, 2013/14.Supervisor for Robert Sumner,

*Evaluating staff and student views on lecture capture and screen annotation*, 2013/14.Supervisor for Alice South,

*Student engagement with formative assessment including e-assessment*, 2013/14.Supervisor for Matt Johnson,

*Designing coincidences: an analysis of the Lottery*, 2013/14.

### Teaching experience

Acting as module leader:

2016/17-2017/18,

**History of Maths section in 'Explorations in Mathematics'**(10 credits, level 4), Sheffield Hallam University, [degree: maths; topic: history of maths].2016/17-2017/18,

**Project**(40 credits, level 6), Sheffield Hallam University, [degree: maths; topic: final year undergraduate projects].2016/17-2017/18,

**Mathematical Modelling 2**(20 credits, level 5), Sheffield Hallam University, [degree: maths; topic: modelling].2015/16,

**History of Mathematics**(10 credits, level 4), Sheffield Hallam University, [degree: maths; topic: history of maths].2013/14-2014/15,

**Skills for Forensic Science (maths)**(10 credits, level 4), Nottingham Trent University, [degree: science; topic: algebra, logarithms and calculus].2012/13-2014/15,

**Mathematical Methods 1**(20 credits, level 4), Nottingham Trent University, [degree: maths; topic: mathematical techniques].2012/13,

**Professional Mathematics**(15 credits, level 6), Keele University, [degree: maths; topic: modelling, problem solving and professional skills].2012/13,

**Skills for Forensic Science (stats)**(10 credits, level 4), Nottingham Trent University, [degree: science; topic: statistics].2008/9,

**Problem Solving**(10 credits, level 5), Nottingham Trent University, [degree: maths; topic: modelling and professional skills].2007/8,

**Scientific Mathematics**(10 credits, level 4), Nottingham Trent University, [degree: science and business; topic: algebra, logarithms and calculus].

Other teaching:

2016/17-2017/18,

**Mathematical Modelling 1**(level 4), Sheffield Hallam University, [degree: maths; topic: modelling and professional skills].2015/16-2017/18,

**Engineering Mathematics**(level 4), Sheffield Hallam University, [degree: engineering; topic: mathematical techniques].2015/16 & 2017/18,

**Foundation Mathematics 1**(level 3), Sheffield Hallam University, [degree: engineering; topic: basic maths].2015/16,

**Professional Development**(level 6), Sheffield Hallam University, [degree: maths; topic: employability, professional skills, reflection].2015/16,

**Modelling 2**(level 5), Sheffield Hallam University, [degree: maths; topic: modelling].2015/16,

**Foundation Mathematics 2**(level 3), Sheffield Hallam University, [degree: engineering; topic: calculus].2013/14,

**Computational & Numerical Methods 2**(level 5), Nottingham Trent University, [degree: maths; topic: numerical methods and computation].2012/13,

**Individual session**(level 6), University of Greenwich, [degree: maths; topic: 'Unplanned Impact of Mathematics'].2011/12,

**Individual session**(level 5), University of Salford, [degree: maths; topic: 'History of cryptography'].2011/12,

**Individual session**(level 6), University of Greenwich, [degree: maths; topic: 'Unplanned Impact of Mathematics'].2010/11,

**Individual session**(level 6), Manchester Metropolitan University, [degree: maths; topic: 'Chance & Coincidence'].2009/10,

**Individual session**(postgraduate), University of Nottingham, [degree: maths; topic: 'Introduction to LaTeX'].2008/9 and 2012/13,

**Computational & Numerical Methods 1**(level 4), Nottingham Trent University, [degree: maths; topic: Matlab and Derive].2008/9,

**Essentials of Living Systems**(level 4), Nottingham Trent University, [degree: science; topic: Word, Excel and PowerPoint for science].2008/9,

**Professional Skills for IT**(level 4), Nottingham Trent University, [degree: science; topic: Word, Excel and PowerPoint for science].

### Internal Moderation

I acted as moderator for the following:

2017/18,

**Mathematical Programming for Excel and the Web**(20 credits, level 5), Sheffield Hallam University, [degree: maths; topic: programming VBA and PHP/HTML/MySQL].2016/17-2017/18,

**Mathematical Modelling 1**(20 credits, level 4), Sheffield Hallam University, [degree: maths; topic: modelling and professional skills].2016/17,

**Advanced Modelling Case Studies**(20 credits, level 6), Sheffield Hallam University, [degree: maths; topic: modelling].2015/16-2016/17,

**Mathematics Education**(20 credits, level 5), Sheffield Hallam University, [degree: maths; topic: maths education].2015/16-2016/17,

**Dynamic Geometry**(10 credits, level 4), Sheffield Hallam University, [degree: maths; topic: geometry and GeoGebra].2013/14-2014/15,

**Communicating Science & Technology**(20 credits, level 6), Nottingham Trent University, [degree: science; topic: school placement module].2013/14-2014/15,

**Skills for Forensic Science (stats)**(10 credits, level 4), Nottingham Trent University, [degree: science; topic: statistics].2013/14,

**Computational & Numerical Methods 2**(20 credits, level 5), Nottingham Trent University, [degree: maths; topic: numerical methods and computation].2012/13,

**Skills for Forensic Science (maths)**(10 credits, level 4), Nottingham Trent University, [degree: science; topic: algebra, logarithms and calculus].