Jeff Waldock has been a lecturer in Mathematics at Sheffield Hallam since 1987. He spent five years as Faculty Employability Lead and is currently Mathematics Subject Group Leader in the Department of Engineering and Mathematics. Before coming to Hallam he spent six years as a research associate in Ionospheric Physics at Leicester University. This followed a first degree and PGCE in Mathematics, and a PhD in Physics. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a National Teaching Fellow.
Jeff has a keen interest in teaching and learning practice and in the appropriate application of technology both to support students and to increase their engagement their learning, stimulating interest, providing motivation and deepening understanding. Creating a shared community of learning is an important factor in maximising student achievement and he has created the departmental website to support student reflection, manage assignments and feedback, and facilitate staff-student communication. He has also created numerous interactive learning tools to help students explore various aspects of the mathematics curriculum.
Jeff is interested in all aspects of skills development, but particularly in encouraging mathematics students to acquire better employability skills, and to take advantage of the wider, extra-curricular opportunities available at University. He has been active nationally and internationally in developing this area.
Recently, he has been promoting the importance of discipline-focused informal learning spaces to create staff-student partnership communities. This leads to more effective development of employability skills, such as team working, encourages students to make more effective use of their time in the University buildings, and promotes higher levels of student engagement and achievement.
Having a long term interest in photography, Jeff developed a software tool for exploring the mathematics involved in post processing a digital image. This tool extracts the pixel values from the image into a spreadsheet, allowing students to implement mathematical algorithms to carry out a variety of visual effects. Activities based on this idea can be developed at a range of levels, and Jeff has done so both to degree students at Sheffield Hallam and as part of National Science Week, through his role as Science and Engineering Ambassador. In this way, students can bring a degree of artistic skills and creativity into their mathematical studies!
Specialist areas of interest
Mathematical Programming, DSP, Employability
Department of Engineering and Mathematics
Science, Technology and Arts
Mathematical Programming for Excel and the Web
Digital Signal Processing
Advanced Modelling Case Study
Final Year Projects
WALDOCK, J (2015). 'Designing and Using Informal Learning Spaces to Enhance Student Engagement with Mathematical Sciences', MSOR Connections, Vol 14, No 1.
WALDOCK, J (2015). 'Employability for the Workplace', In: CROFT, A, GROVE, M, KYLE, J, LAWSON, D, Transitions in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, HEA.
WALDOCK, J, ROWLETT, P (Eds.) (2012). Employer Engagement in Undergraduate Mathematics, HEA MSOR Network/National HE STEM Programme.
BAXTER, A, WALDOCK, J (2012). 'Developing Employer Engagement in STEM through Career Mentoring', In: Enhancing Engineering Higher Education: Outputs of the National HE STEM Programme, Royal Academy of Engineering, p26-31.
PEGG, A, WALDOCK, J, HENDY-ISAACS, S, LAWTON, R (2012). 'Pedagogy for Employability 2012', HEA: York.
WALDOCK, J, (Ed) (2011). 'Developing Graduate Skills in HE Mathematics Programmes - Case Studies of Successful Practice', MSOR Network / HE STEM Programme.
WALDOCK, J (2010). 'Applying Mathematics to Digital Image Processing using a Spreadsheet', MSOR Connections, Vol 10, No 3.
WALDOCK, J (2010). ‘Peer Assisted Learning in Mathematics at Sheffield Hallam University’, Case Studies of Good Ideas in Mathematical Sciences in Higher Education, More Maths Grads Project.
WALDOCK, J (2010). ‘Progress Files in Mathematics at Sheffield Hallam University’, Case Studies of Good Ideas in Mathematical Sciences in HE, More Maths Grads Project.
WALDOCK, J, MCALINDEN, M (2008). 'Developing Employability Skills in the Mathematics HE Curriculum through Personal Development Planning', proceedings MSOR Annual Conference.
WALDOCK, J (2008) 'Web-based student support and course management', MSOR Connections Vol 8 No 2 May – July 2008.
External Examiner: University of Salford, BSc Mathematics, PhD
External Panel Member, UKPSF: Birmingham City University