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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), Dec 2016-present.

### Current committee membership

**Committee member**, 'Mathcentre 2.0' Resource Capture project, sigma Network, Mar 2018-present.**IMA representative**, Royal Society STEMM Disability Advisory Committee, Nov 2017-present.**Member**, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications Communications Committee, Jul 2016-present.**Member**, Greenwich Maths Centre Advisory Board, May 2015-present.**Committee member**, London Mathematical Society Education Subcommittee on Public Engagement, May 2014-present.

### Editorial work

#### Journal editor

Editor,

*MSOR Connections*, Nov 2014-present.Editor,

*MSOR Connections special issue 11(3)*, 2011.

#### Conference editorial work

Co-editor,

*Proceedings of CETL-MSOR Conference 2012*, 2012.

#### One-off publication editorial work

Co-editor,

*Employability development for HE mathematics and statistics: case studies of successful practice*, 2017.Editor,

*Summary of work in mathematical sciences HE curriculum innovation*, 2012.Co-editor,

*Employer Engagement in Undergraduate Mathematics*, 2012.Co-editor,

*Good Practice on Inclusive Curricula in the Mathematical Sciences*, 2012.Editor,

*Media Enhanced Teaching and Learning: case studies and evidence of effective use*, 2012.Co-editor,

*Maths Arcade: stretching and supporting mathematical thinking*, 2012.Editor,

*Further Work Developing Graduate Skills in HE Mathematics Programmes*, 2012.Editor,

*HE Mathematics Curriculum Summit*, 2011.

### Journal and conference reviewing activity

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#### Journal reviewing

Reviewer,

*Royal Society Open Science*, since 2018.Reviewer,

*Practitioner Research in Higher Education*, since 2018.Reviewer,

*International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology*, since 2018.Reviewer,

*Teaching Mathematics and its Applications: An International Journal of the IMA*, since 2015.Reviewer,

*MSOR Connections*, since 2014.

#### Conference committees

Scientific Committee member,

*'Mathematics Education beyond 16: Pathways and Transitions' conference*, Dec 2015-July 2017.Programme Committee member,

*'International Conference on Barriers and Enablers to Learning Maths' conference*, Oct 2014-June 2015.

#### Conference proceedings reviewing

Reviewer,

*British Congress of Mathematics Education*, 2018.

#### Conference abstract reviewing

Reviewer,

*CETL-MSOR Conference*, 2018.Reviewer,

*Learning & Teaching Conference 'Student Success - from conversation to transformation', Sheffield Hallam University*, 2018.Reviewer,

*RAISE Conference 2018 'Working better together: collaborations in student engagement'*, 2018.Reviewer,

*Learning & Teaching Conference 'The Quality Paradox: Creativity and Compliance in a TEF World', Sheffield Hallam University*, 2017.Reviewer,

*'Mathematics Education beyond 16: Pathways and Transitions' conference*, Dec 2015-July 2017.Reviewer,

*'International Conference on Barriers and Enablers to Learning Maths' conference*, Oct 2014-June 2015.

### Quality Assurance reviewing activity

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

### Other reviewing activity

**Reviewer**, ethics applications, Research Ethics Committee, Faculty of Development & Society, Sheffield Hallam University, since 2017.**Reviewer**, National Teaching Fellow applications, Advance HE, 2018.**Reviewer**, book proposal, Oxford University Press, 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.**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.**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 and 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**, £5,500, 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 and 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 and 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.

### 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), Sep 2015-Nov 2016.**Principal Lecturer in Mathematics and Employability Coordinator for Science and Technology**(Nottingham Trent University), Sep 2014-Sep 2015.**Lecturer**(Nottingham Trent University), Oct 2012-Aug 2014.**Lecturer**(Keele University), Sep 2012-Jan 2013.**Higher Education Curriculum Innovation Advisor**(Maths, Stats and OR (MSOR) Network), Aug 2010-Sep 2012.**Technology Enhanced Learning Officer**(School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Nottingham), Mar 2009-Aug 2010.**University Liaison Officer**(Institute of Mathematics and its Applications), Jan 2008-Jul 2010.**Project lead**("Accessibility in MSOR: LaTeX and Braille", Nottingham Trent University), Oct 2007-Dec 2009.**Lecturer**(Nottingham Trent University), Jan 2008-Jun 2009.**Disability support**(University of Nottingham), May 2007-Dec 2008.**Writer, Maths Levelling Up Course**(Institute of Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy, University of Nottingham), Nov 2007-Mar 2008.**Web/educational developer**(RSS Centre for Statistical Education), Mar 2004-Dec 2007.**Researcher**("Use of Projects in Mathematics", University of Nottingham), Jul 2004-Sep 2004.**Consultant Web Developer, Maths Careers website**(Council for the Mathematical Sciences), Jan 2004-Mar 2004.**Project Support Officer, MELEES**(School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Nottingham), Jul 2003-Sep 2003.**Project Support Officer, MELEES**(School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Nottingham), Sep 2002-Dec 2002.

### Previous other roles

I have previously held the following other roles and responsibilities:

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

### Supervision

Doctoral:

Director of Studies for Ellen Marshall,

*Statistics anxiety: effectiveness of strategies in reducing the impact on student achievement*, 2018-25.Supervisor for Siavosh Haghighi Movahed,

*An innovative approach in teaching laboratory activities within a 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 Arthur Seidel,

*Opportunities to enhance practice arising from changes to school mathematics*, 2018.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 Alex Capes,

*Maths content and concepts at the transition to university*, 2017.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:

2018/19,

**Game Theory and Recreational Mathematics**(20 credits, level 6), Sheffield Hallam University, [degree: maths; topic: game theory, graph theory, combinatorics, algorithms and complexity, history].2018/19,

**Programming with Mathematical Applications**(20 credits, level 5), Sheffield Hallam University, [degree: maths; topic: programming].2016/17-2018/19,

**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:

2018/19,

**Mathematical Technology**(level 4), Sheffield Hallam University, [degree: maths; topic: programming, LaTeX].2018/19,

**Mathematical Modelling 2**(level 5), Sheffield Hallam University, [degree: maths; topic: modelling].2016/17-2018/19,

**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:

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].