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Dr Alex Corner PhD MMath PGCert LTHE FHEA

Lecturer in Mathematics


Summary

I am a lecturer in the mathematics subject group, teaching across all years of the BSc Mathematics course, as well as providing service teaching for computing, business, and engineering modules.

I am also the first year tutor for the BSc Mathematics course and enjoy welcoming new students each year. My academic interests lie in category theory and mathematics education.

About

I completed my MMath degree at the University of Sheffield in 2012 before obtaining a PhD there in higher-dimensional category theory. Throughout my time there I was involved in teaching for mathematics and engineering courses, as well as teaching at the university's International College.

Since joining Sheffield Hallam University in 2016 I have developed an interest in mathematics education, specifically towards inclusive practice in teaching mathematics, as well as innovative teaching methods involving manipulatives. Though teaching is my main focus, I still pursue research interests in category theory in the broad areas of higher-dimensional categories, operads, and monoidal categories.

In my spare time I can be found climbing, playing board games, and making futile attempts to learn Italian.

Category Theory, Mathematics Education

Teaching

Department of Engineering and Mathematics

Business, Technology and Enterprise

BSc (Hons) Mathematics

Number and Structure
Game Theory and Recreational Mathematics
Statistical Theory and Methods
Mathematics for Computer Science

Publications

Journal articles

Rowlett, P., & Corner, A.S. (2021). Topics of interest to the MSOR community: evidence from the first 20 years of MSOR Connections. MSOR Connections, 19 (2), 55-74. http://doi.org/10.21100/msor.v19i2.1256

Rowlett, P., Smith, E., Corner, A., O'Sullivan, D., & Waldock, J. (2019). The potential of recreational mathematics to support the development of mathematical learning. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 50 (7), 972-986. http://doi.org/10.1080/0020739X.2019.1657596

Corner, A. (2019). A universal characterisation of codescent objects. Theory and Applications of Categories, 34 (24), 684-713. http://www.tac.mta.ca/tac/volumes/34/24/34-24.pdf

Corner, A., & Cornock, C. (2018). Applications and props: the impact on engagement and understanding. MSOR Connections, 17 (1), 3-15. http://doi.org/10.21100/msor.v17i1.908

Rowlett, P., & Corner, A. (n.d.). Flexible, student-centred remote learning for programming skills development. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology.

Corner, A.S., & Gurski, N. (n.d.). Operads with general groups of equivariance, and some 2-categorical aspects of operads in Cat. .

Presentations

Rowlett, P., Smith, E., Corner, A., O'Sullivan, D., & Waldock, J. (2019). The potential of recreational mathematics to support the development of mathematical learning. Presented at: The 12th Southern Hemisphere Delta Conference on the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics and statistics, Fremantle, Australia

Rowlett, P., Corner, A., O'Sullivan, D., Smith, E., & Waldock, J. (2019). Game Theory & Recreational Mathematics: A module to develop problem-solving skills. Presented at: Faculty of STA Learning, Teaching and Assessment Conference 2019, Sheffield Hallam University

Corner, A., Rowlett, P., Smith, E., O'Sullivan, D., & Waldock, J. (2019). Game Theory and Recreational Mathematics: A module to develop problem-solving skills. Presented at: CETL-MSOR Conference 2019, Dublin City University

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