I love sharing mathematics with those beyond the walls of the university, and I particularly enjoy getting involved in activities with school pupils. Here is a selection of some recent activities. Feel free to contact me if you would like more information on any of them.
Presentation to Parliament
STEM for Britain is an annual event organised by the Parliamentary Scientific Committee, where early career researchers from across the UK present posters on their research to Members of Parliament and scientific experts. I took part in 2021 and won the Gold Medal in the Mathematical Sciences category.
- STEM for Britain 2021
Poster: Classifying Isolated Symmetries
Presentation: three-minute walkthrough of my poster
Workshops for secondary school students
At the University of Bristol, in conjunction with the Further Mathematics Support Programme and Access to Bristol I designed and ran the following workshops.
How do you measure symmetry and why does it matter?
(workshop of 20–25 students aged 16–17)
Interactive workshop on making and breaking codes
(3 workshops of 16–60 students aged 14–15)
Talks for student societies
I have been invited to give the following talks for undergraduate mathematics societies.
- Disappointing Dobble: the mathematics of a card game
November 2017: Matrix Evening Talks, University of Bristol
- Generation through the Generations
March 2017: SUMS Lunchtime Talks, University of St Andrews
Tutorials in secondary schools
The Brilliant Club is a national charity which works to widen access to universities for pupils from under-represented groups. I have worked with The Brilliant Club to run two courses of six mathematics tutorials in local schools. I designed the most recent course, which was based on my research.
- The Art of Measuring Symmetry
Summer 2016, Abbeyfield School
(12 tutorials of 6 students aged 13–15)
- Would the Stars Float in the Bath?
Spring 2016, Cheltenham Bournside School
(12 tutorials of 6 students aged 12–13)
Other schools outreach
At the University of St Andrews, I was involved in various widening participation schemes with local schools such as summer schools and a space school. I also ran the following workshop.
- Tiling: Combining maths and art
Summer 2013, Cardenden Primary School
(2 lessons for 25 children aged 9–10)
Talks at conferences
I have been invited to speak at the following conferences on outreach, engagement and science in schools.
- On Widening Participation
June 2013: Teachers Together Conference, University of St Andrews
- What is Science?
December 2012: Improving 3-18 Science Education, Education Scotland, Edinburgh