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.

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## All talks

View a map of the talks I have given.

All 124 talks presented in reverse chronological order.

- Research talks;
- Talks about maths promotion;
- Popular maths talks;
- View all my talks in one list.

### 2018

Skills development through group projects in mathematics; Sigma Network workshop 'Employability development for HE mathematics and statistics', Sheffield Hallam University (16/02/2018) slides.

### 2017

Fermi problems for teaching mathematical modelling; Maths Jam Conference 2017 (12/11/2017).

The sigma Network: Promoting Excellence in Mathematics and Statistics Support within Higher Education; Mathematics Education Beyond 16: Pathways and Transitions, University of Birmingham (10/07/2017). With David Bowers, Chetna Patel, Ruth Fairclough, Mark Hodds, Emma Cliffe, Kinga Zaczek, Jeff Waldock, Ellen Marshall, Alun Owen, Cheryl Voake-Jones, Noel-Ann Bradshaw and Rob Wilson.

Student-led employability audit of undergraduate learning, teaching and assessment practice; Learning & Teaching Conference, Sheffield Hallam University (29/06/2017). With Jeff Waldock.

Moving beyond techniques to applying maths in novel modelling scenarios; Broadening students' experience of mathematics in practice workshop, Sheffield Hallam University (26/04/2017). With Hannah Bartholomew.

### 2016

Mathematical Toddler Toys; Maths Jam Conference 2016 (12/11/2016).

Maths Arcade: informal student support that develops logical thinking; Faculty of ACES Learning, Teaching and Assessment Conference 2016, Sheffield Hallam University (16/09/2016). With Claire Cornock.

The role of partially-automated assessment in assessing individual contribution to group projects; E-Assessment in Mathematical Sciences, Newcastle University (13/09/2016) video.

Encouraging HE teacher-practitioner research in a maths department; CETL-MSOR Conference 2016, Loughborough University (06/09/2016).

Student use of an open learning space in mathematics; Learning and Teaching Conference 2016, Sheffield Hallam University (24/06/2016). With Hannah Bartholomew, Claire Cornock, Mike Robinson and Jeff Waldock.

Interdisciplinary problem-solving group activities; Ideas Exchange 2016, Sheffield Hallam University (21/06/2016).

Peer assessment of contribution: what are we assessing?; Sheffield Hallam University Maths HE Seminar (08/02/2016).

### 2015

Nim-like games; Maths Jam Conference 2015 (07/11/2015).

Developing professional skills in mathematics undergraduates: three years of practice; CETL-MSOR Conference 2015, University of Greenwich (08/09/2015), with Ewan Russell.

The unplanned impact of mathematics ; Cafe Sci, Nottingham (20/04/2015).

George Green: A Miller's Tale; Clifton Village Residents' Association, Clifton Village Hall, Nottingham (23/03/2015).

Solving It Like A Mathematician 2015; Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity, Broadmarsh Centre, Nottingham (20/03/2015).

### 2014

George Green's Mathematical Influences; Public talk for Manuscripts and Special Collections, University of Nottingham at Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham (12/11/2014).

Games used at the Maths Arcade; Maths Jam Conference 2014 (01/11/2014).

Individualised formative worksheets to encourage small group discussion of method; CETL-MSOR Conference 2014, Cardiff University (09/09/2014).

National Evaluation of the Maths Arcade; CETL-MSOR Conference 2014, Cardiff University (09/09/2014). Kingsley Webster (speaker), Peter Rowlett, Noel-Ann Bradshaw and James Hind.

Chair, From Durer to sudoku: 500 years of recreational maths; British Science Festival 2014, University of Birmingham (06/09/2014).

Solving It Like A Mathematician 2014; East Midlands Big Bang 2014, Derby Roundhouse (10/07/2014).

Individualised formative assessment to encourage discussion of method rather than copying; College of Arts and Science 3rd Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, Nottingham Trent University (04/07/2014).

Co-organiser, What has Mathematics done for us?; IMA Festival of Mathematics and its Applications, University of Manchester (03/07/2014).

Using puzzles to develop problem-solving skills in undergraduate maths and outreach; Sigma Network workshop 'Using puzzles and games in the teaching of mathematics', King's College, London (26/06/2014).

Using social media to engage undergraduate students; Sigma Network workshop 'Creating and maintaining a social media presence', Liverpool John Moores University (20/06/2014).

Maths Arcade and the first year experience; European First Year Experience Conference 2014 (10/06/2014).

Improved two-way feedback to ease transition to mathematics at university; European First Year Experience Conference 2014 (09/06/2014).

Development and evaluation of a partially-automated approach to the assessment of undergraduate mathematics; paper, 8th British Congress of Mathematics Education (16/04/2014).

The unplanned impact of mathematics and how research is funded: a discussion-led activity; workshop, 8th British Congress of Mathematics Education (16/04/2014).

A Taste of Maths Jam; after-dinner session, 8th British Congress of Mathematics Education (14/04/2014), with Katie Steckles.

Formative e-assessment and screen annotation evaluated via undergraduate projects; departmental seminar, School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, University of Greenwich (03/04/2014).

Engaging mathematics students via e-assessment & screen annotation; Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2014, Nottingham Trent University (01/04/2014).

### 2013

A brief history of mathematics: 5,000 years from Egypt to Nottingham Trent; Nottingham Trent University Maths Society (06/11/2013).

Ox Blocks probabilities; Maths Jam Conference 2013 (03/11/2013).

Quarto games of different sizes; Maths Jam Conference 2013 (02/11/2013).

Designing Coincidences; Year 9 Masterclass on probability at the University of Liverpool (05/10/2013).

Design and delivery of a new graduate skills module; CETL-MSOR Conference 2013, Coventry University (10/09/2013).

A PhD project on e-assessment in mathematics: finding my approach; Technology Enhanced Learning & Teaching Research Seminar Series, School of Education, Nottingham Trent University (15/05/2013).

A partially-automated approach to assessment of individual work alongside a group project in mathematics; Higher Education Academy STEM Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2013, University of Birmingham (17/04/2013).

The unplanned impact of mathematics: surprising examples of unexpected applications; British Mathematical Colloquium 2013, History of Mathematics workshop, University of Sheffield (27/03/2013).

Assessing individual work alongside a group project - a partially-automated approach; Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2013, Nottingham Trent University (26/03/2013).

Advantages and disadvantages of e-assessment and a partially-automated approach; College of Arts and Science 2nd Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, Nottingham Trent University (18/01/2013).

### 2012

The Unplanned Impact of Mathematics; History of Mathematics 2012, British Society for the History of Mathematics, Birmingham (08/12/2012).

Unplanned impact of mathematics guest seminar; University of Greenwich (06/12/2012).

Chair, IMA Early Career Mathematicians' Autumn Conference 2012; University of Greenwich (24/11/2012).

Preliminary analysis of a large data set; Maths Jam Conference 2012 (17/11/2012).

Solving It Like A Mathematician 2012; STEM Pop Up Shop, Broadmarsh Shopping Centre, Nottingham (26/10/2012).

Better prepared mathematics graduates: learning from employers and professional bodies; HE STEM Conference 2012, University of Birmingham (06/09/2012).

Maths Arcade: developing mathematical thinking; HE STEM Conference 2012, University of Birmingham (04/09/2012).

Good practice and resources to address community priorities for mathematics curriculum development; HE STEM Conference 2012, University of Birmingham (04/09/2012).

An electronic hybrid approach to assessment; Ideas Exchange 2012, University of Sheffield (15/07/2012).

Students setting their own history of mathematics essay titles; Ideas Exchange 2012, University of Sheffield (14/07/2012).

Good practice and resources to address community priorities for mathematics curriculum development; CETL-MSOR Conference 2012, University of Sheffield (12/07/2012).

Making lectures more interactive; Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Away Day, Oxford Brookes University (06/07/2012).

Undergraduates speak out: organising an undergraduate conference; Inspiring Teachers: learning and leading in academic practice, University of Greenwich (03/07/2012) slides.

Mathematics Enrichment: Maths in the News; MEI Conference, Keele University (29/06/2012).

Solving It Like A Mathematician 2012; East Midlands Big Bang 2012, East Midlands Conference Centre (28/06/2012).

Work on HE Curriculum Innovation in Mathematical Sciences; 4 universities (May 2012).

Recording lectures and learning from recordings; Department of Mathematical Sciences seminar, University of Greenwich (09/05/2012).

Graduate Skills Development; School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics seminar, University of Hertfordshire (30/04/2012).

Graduate skills and interactive lectures; School of Mathematical Sciences seminar, Queen Mary, University of London (27/04/2012).

The METAL Project - What have we learned and where next?; Media Enhanced Teaching and Learning - Dissemination Meeting, University of Nottingham (24/04/2012).

Introduction to using social media to engage students in mathematical sciences; Using social media to engage students workshop, University of Birmingham (16/04/2012).

Outputs and Outcomes from the Maths Strand Team of the National HE STEM Programme; Heads of Departments of Mathematical Sciences (HoDoMS) Conference (13/04/2012).

Mathematics lecturers' views of e-assessment; School of Maths and Stats seminar, Newcastle University (21/03/2012).

History of cryptography; University of Salford (06/03/2012).

Problem-Solving in Undergraduate Mathematics; Sue Pope, Matthew Badger and Peter Rowlett, BSRLM Conference March 2012, Manchester (03/03/2012).

Solving it like a mathematician: A stall at the East Midlands Big Bang 2011; Notts STEMNET Teacher/Ambassador Network Meeting, British Geological Survey, Keyworth (09/02/2012).

Alternatives to lectures; Media Enhanced Teaching and Learning (METAL) Workshop, University of Nottingham (11/01/2012) slides.

### 2011

Unplanned impact of mathematics guest seminar; University of Greenwich (21/11/2011).

Chair, 15th IMA Early Career Mathematicians Conference; University of Bristol (19/11/2011).

Why the hot light bulb annoys me; Maths Jam Conference 2011 (12/11/2011).

Unplanned impact of mathematics; Maths Jam Conference 2011 (12/11/2011).

Projects workshop; University of Birmingham (26/10/2011).

Acting on recommendations from the HE Mathematics Curriculum Summit; CETL-MSOR Conference 2011 "Preparing for student-led education", Coventry University (05/09/2011).

Encouraging innovation in HE mathematics teaching and learning; 14th IMA Early Career Mathematicians Conference, University of Leicester (16/07/2011).

Maths Puzzles; SSAT Annual Maths Conference 2011, University of Warwick (13/07/2011).

Discovering and teaching mathematics; Ideas Exchange, University of Birmingham (10/07/2011).

Solving It Like A Mathematician 2011; East Midlands Big Bang 2011, East Midlands Conference Centre (28/06/2011).

Further uses of screencasting - but are they effective?; Media Enhanced Teaching and Learning (METAL) Workshop, University of Nottingham (25/05/2011) video.

Findings from the HE Mathematics Curriculum Summit; 5 universities (2011).

A Maths History Tour of Nottingham; History of Maths splinter, British Mathematical Colloquium, University of Leicester (20/04/2011).

Group projects based on Art Gallery Problems; 'Developing Graduate Skills in HE Mathematics Programmes' workshop, 5 universities (2011).

Technology in mathematics HE teaching & learning; Young Researchers in Mathematics Conference 2011, University of Warwick (15/04/2011) video.

Innovation in mathematics HE teaching & learning; Young Researchers in Mathematics Conference 2011, University of Warwick (14/04/2011) video.

Maths Strand of the National HE STEM Programme; Heads of Departments of Mathematical Sciences (HoDoMS) Conference (07/04/2011).

Mathematics lecturers' views of the advantages and disadvantages of electronic and traditional assessment; Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2011, Nottingham Trent University (30/03/2011).

Chance and Coincidence; University of Leicester (04/02/2010) and Manchester Metropolitan University (23/02/2011).

### 2010

Using Art Gallery Problems to Develop Mathematical and Employability Skills in a Higher Education Group Project; Embedding Graduate Skills Workshop, Sheffield Hallam University, (24/11/2010).

Mathematical Podcasting; 13th IMA Early Career Mathematicians Conference (20/11/2010).

Integrating software into your lectures; Using IT when teaching mathematics classes workshop, University of Nottingham (19/11/2010).

Maths and Computing History tour of Nottingham; University of Greenwich (17/11/2010).

Bacon, Small-Worlds, and Your Important Friends: Social Network Theory Explained; University of Birmingham (15/11/2010) and University of Leicester (19/11/2010).

A curious fact about almost every integer; Maths Jam Conference 2010 (14/11/2010).

Thinking outside of the box; Maths Jam Conference 2010 (13/11/2010).

Math/Maths Week; Series of activites with Samuel Hansen, November 2010.

Developing graduates skills in HE mathematics programmes through case studies of successful practice; CETL-MSOR Conference 2010, University of Birmingham (06/09/10).

Ask the audience - influencing student behaviour; CETL-MSOR Conference 2010, University of Birmingham (06/09/10).

Using an audience response system - what do the audience DO with the feedback?; BSRLM Conference June 2010, University of Nottingham (19/06/2010).

Podcasting; How to Talk Maths in Public Conference, IMA, University of Manchester (09/06/2010).

Careers for mathematics graduates; 39 UK universities (2008-2010) slides.

Cryptography; 9 universities (2008-10).

Podcasting History; The History of Mathematics in the Undergraduate Curriculum, University of Greenwich (30/03/2010).

Guarding Art Galleries: Design and evaluation of an undergraduate research based group project in mathematics; Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2010, Nottingham Trent University (29/03/2010).

Shape of the cosmos; University of Nottingham (16/03/2010) video slides.

Puzzles; 7 universities (including 2 schools outreach events) (2009-10).

### 2009

Workshop: Visual impairment in Maths, Stats and OR (MSOR); Chair, Nottingham Trent University (17/12/2009) slides.

Substitution ciphers: Ancient - Renaissance; University of Nottingham (01/12/2009) video slides.

Update from IMA University Liaison Officer; 11th Younger Mathematicians Conference (14/11/2009).

Using Art Gallery Problems to teach mathematical and employability skills in a higher education group project; BSRLM Autumn Conference 2009, Loughborough University (14/11/2009).

Spin in Ball Games; 5 universities (2009).

Group projects based on Art Gallery Problems; CETL-MSOR Conference 2009, Open University (08/09/2009).

Experience of Questionmark Perception at Nottingham; Is Maple TA the answer?; CETL-MSOR Conference 2009, Open University (07/09/2009).

Accessing MSOR: Visual impairment hands-on workshop; Workshop convenor, CETL-MSOR Conference 2009, Open University (07/09/2009).

Electronic Voting Systems or Response Systems; Education seminar, School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Nottingham (09/07/2009) slides.

Maths-Prom "Using New Technologies" Day; Maths Promoters' Network, London Mathematical Society (22/05/2009).

Update from IMA University Liaison Officer; 10th Younger Mathematicians Conference (13/05/2009).

Maths careers and the work of the IMA University Liaison Officer; IMA Scottish Branch, Napier University, Edinburgh (24/02/2009).

### 2008

Chalk & Talk and Interactive whiteboards; E-Learning in Mathematical Subjects (ELMS), Nottingham Trent University (16/12/2008) video.

The perils and pleasures of recording podcasts on history of maths for a modern day generation; BSHM "Maths in View", University of Greenwich (15/12/2008).

Experiences of mathematics students with visual impairments in higher education; Higher Education Mathematics Education Conference (HEMEC) 2008, Loughborough University (19/09/2008).

Visual Impairment in MSOR; CETL-MSOR Conference 2008, Lancaster University (08/09/2008).