Recently I offered some advice to an incoming PGCE secondary mathematics student – someone just starting out but who needs to (a) complete the PGCE and (b) be employable a year from now. I’d like to say “Recently I was asked for” but it was totally unsolicited rambling – but happily gratefully received. Anyway, here… Read more »

# You may also like…

I have been listening to music through Spotify, the ad-supported streaming music service. On the application home page this recommends “Artists you may like”. This morning I turned on and it had a fairly eclectic mix – Motörhead, Marilyn Manson, Faster Pussycat, Pantera,… Wham! and George Michael. I presume this ‘personalised’ list is based on… Read more »

# So I have a blog (redux)

Back in the first post on this blog, I suggested the purpose of this blog is to “keep track of where I go and highlight any interesting tidbits I pick up along the way”. As time has gone on my use of the blog has expanded to include aspects of my other work, in maths… Read more »

# E-Learning in Mathematical Subjects online videos

I spent some time yesterday remaking the E-Learning in Mathematical Subjects (ELMS) website, which has had an extended period of downtime since my previous webhost deleted my server without warning. ELMS is a research seminar series at Nottingham Trent University which I set up with Dr. David Fairhurst in 2005 and the website contains videos… Read more »

# Mathematics Today August: University Liaison Officer’s Report

Enthusiastic individuals and persistent institutions Recently, on Twitter no less, I came across the following quote: “Without individuals, nothing happens; without institutions, nothing survives.”Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord This quote attracts me for two reasons. Firstly, I recently met a young mathematician interested in meeting others with similar academic interests. When I suggested he might want… Read more »

# Podcast People 2008/9

The following people have contributed to the Travels in a Mathematical World Podcast this year: Philip Maini (mathematical biology), Noel-Ann Bradshaw (maths history; evolutionary algorithms for finance), Joanna Hartley (public transport modelling), Sarah Shepherd (maths news), Nira Chamberlain (mathematical modelling projects), Neil Goldwasser (dyslexia support and adult numeracy), Adrian Bowyer (his career part 1 &… Read more »

# European Postgraduate Fluid Dynamics Conference at Nottingham

Last week I went to the University of Nottingham with an IMA stall for the 3rd European Postgraduate Fluid Dynamics Conference (EPFDC). This is a conference organised by, and aimed at, postgraduate researchers in fluid dynamics and related fields and was partly funded by a grant from the IMA. I attended the final day of… Read more »