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:

  • Member, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications Communications Committee, 07/2016-present.

  • Co-chair, Employability Special Interest Group, sigma Network, 03/2016-present.

  • External examiner, BSc Mathematics courses, University of Worcester, 11/2015-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.

Reviewing activity

Ongoing:

  • 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, 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:

  • Enhancing engineering academics' pedagogical competencies for Engineering-in-Context, ZAR934,900, Engineering Education Existing Staff Capacity Enhancement Programme 2017-2019, 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:

  • 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.

  • External member, Validation panel for new PG Certificate in Mathematical and Statistical Modelling, London Metropolitan University, 02/2015-02/2015.

  • 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.

  • 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:

  • Supervisor for Amber Parkes and Ellie Weatherald, Student employability audit, 2017.

  • Supervisor for Lewis Hartley and Edd Smith, Games in mathematics higher education, 2017.

  • Supervisor for Daniel Arnold and Joseph Sugrue, Maths Arcade enhancements, 2017.

  • Supervisor for Lisa Eccleston and Peter Tonks, Maths Arcade enhancements, 2016.

  • Supervisor for Anna Johnson and Callum Mulligan, Effective outreach in mathematics, 2015.

  • Supervisor for Kingsley Webster, Evaluation and development of the Maths Arcade at NTU and nationally, 2014.

Undergraduate final year projects:

  • 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, Project (40 credits, level 6), Sheffield Hallam University, [degree: maths; topic: final year undergraduate projects].

  • 2016/17, 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, Explorations in Mathematics (level 4), Sheffield Hallam University, [degree: maths; topic: history of maths].

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

  • 2015/16-2016/17, Engineering Mathematics (level 4), Sheffield Hallam University, [degree: engineering; topic: mathematical techniques].

  • 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].

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

  • 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:

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

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

  • 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].