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Research interests

I am an applied mathematician developing and analysing mathematical models to address problems arising in the health and social sciences. Most of my work involves the use of deterministic models (ODEs and PDEs) typically considering problems for which there are small amounts of data available for parameter estimation or model validation.

The majority of my work has been focussed around infectious disease spread and control but I have also worked on a number of projects that consider drug delivery and monitoring across the skin barrier. Recently, I have started to work on problems which combine infectious disease dynamics with human behaviour. I have also worked on a number of projects that explore the dynamics of criminal behaviour (again at the interface of contact spread and behavioural responses).

I focus my research activity on collaborative activity with colleagues working in sub-Saharan Africa. I am a visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg and have links with early career researchers and Faculty from across the region. I am always interested in developing collaborative research and teaching activity with colleagues in sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Teaching interests

I have a long-standing interest in Widening Participation in HE. In my own work with students at the university, I am interested in developing effective learning environments to support the diverse needs of students. My major contribution here was to establish MASH (Mathematics Resources Centre (MASH) (bath.ac.uk)) as the institutional support centre for everyone at the University of Bath (and with national recognition as a centre of excellence for mathematics accessibility).  I also have a strong track record of working at the School-University transition and I established the departmental link to the AMSP (https://amsp.org.uk) to encourage students from the state school sector to study mathematics post-16 (A level and Core Mathematics).

I am a strong advocate of Assessment for Learning and am involved in institutional activities, together with my own teaching, which support this approach.

Having spent time developing a Faculty of Science plan for transnational education, I am now offering final year project students the opportunity to undertake a modelling project in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Makerere, Uganda.

Other responsibilities

Senate member (2022-2025) + member of ESQC

Member of EDIC (2021-2024)

Chair of Academic Assembly (2018-2021)

Ex-officio  member of Senate, Council and Court

Head of Natural Sciences (2019 - 2021)

Board member Society for Natural Sciences and Chair of the Equalities, Diversity & Inclusion sub-committee (2020 - 2022)

Member of the London Mathematical Society (LMS) education committee (2014-2020)

Inaugural chair of the LMS TEMAC sub-committee which has oversight of promoting teaching mathematics as a career to undergraduate students studying mathematics in the UK (2019 - )

Founding director of MASH (https://www.bath.ac.uk/professional-services/mathematics-resources-centre-mash/), the institutional mathematics resources centre that offers a wide range of activities to support the  mathematical and statistical needs of all members of the university. 

Willing to supervise doctoral students

Control of infectious diseases.

Impact of human behaviour on infectious disease dynamics.

Mathematical criminology (or more generally, mathematical modelling for the social sciences).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Applied Mathematics, Doctor of Philosophy, Territoriality and Survival in Wolf-Deer Interactions, University of Washington

Award Date: 1 Feb 1995

Secondary Mathematics Teaching, PGCE, King's College London

Award Date: 1 Jul 1988

External positions

Visiting Professor, University of Johannesburg

20222025

External Examiner, University of Edinburgh

1 Sept 202131 Aug 2025

Chair, LMS TEMAC sub-committee, London Mathematical Society

Sept 2019 → …

External Examiner UG Mathematics Penrhyn Campus, University of Exeter

Sept 2017Jul 2020

Holgate Lecturer, London Mathematical Society

Sept 2015Jun 2017

Mathematics Subject Expert, Skills Testing Agency

Jun 2015Jun 2016

Education Committee member, London Mathematical Society

Sept 2014Sept 2020

External Examiner UG Mathematics, University of Ulster

Sept 2013Jul 2016

Outer Circle Member, Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education

Jan 2013Dec 2016

Vice-Chair, Loughborough University

Sept 2012Aug 2013

External Examiner UG Mathematics Modules, University of Cumbria

Sept 2006Jul 2009

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