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About/Bio

I have taught students in HE on a wide range of applied mathematics courses for mathematics and mathematical sciences programmes, and on programmes in other disciplines, and at all levels, for 37 years. I have wide experience of most facets of undergraduate and postgraduate study, and particularly the school-university transition.

I have also reviewed the provision in a range of university mathematics departments as part of activities for QAA, External Periodic Review, External Examining, and IMA degree Accreditation.

I have considerable experience of education policy and practice in the pre-HE sector, and particularly Post 16 Mathematics, and on the school-university transition, as outlined below.

I am a Professor of Mathematics and Mathematics Education in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Reading. As well as 36 years’ teaching and leadership experience, my 447 publications span research in numerical analysis, mathematics/science education, and teaching and learning.

I am a regular invited speaker at national conferences and workshops.

I have reviewed A-level Mathematics and Further Mathematics for the Department for Education (DfE) as a member of ALCAB, reviewed A-level Mathematics and Further Mathematics for Ofqual, and reviewed Core Maths (CM) qualifications for the DfE.

I have been, or am currently, a consultant to the Core Maths Support Programme (CMSP); an External Expert Advisor to Ofqual working on the reforms to AS/A-level Mathematics and Further Mathematics a reader (assessor) for The Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education.

I am, or have recently been, a member of the:

I am working with DfE/NCTL supporting teacher supply, recruitment and retention, including for:

I have developed enrichment materials which have been put together for outreach activities and events, including: RI Mathematics Masterclasses; Widening Participation Summer Schools; Enrichment Days, and through being a STEM Ambassador for many years. These resources include topics on: prime, transcendental, and Fibonacci numbers; proof; as well as codes, code-breaking, and internet security.

I am a Fellow of the IMA (FIMA), a member of the LMS, a Chartered Mathematician (CMath), a Chartered Scientist (CSci), a Qualified Teacher (QTS), and a Fellow of the HEA (FHEA).

I have been briefing universities on Core Maths, and post-16 mathematics more generally, following an invitation to them from BIS/DfE to find out more about Core Maths. I also supported the work of the DfE/HMT Smith Review of Post 16 Mathematics.

I am also the Immediate Past Chair of The Joint Mathematical Council of the UK (JMC).