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Jeff Waldock

Dr Jeff Waldock BSc, PhD, PGCE, FIMA, PFHEA

Mathematics Subject Group Leader


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.

  • About

    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

  • Teaching

    Department of Engineering and Mathematics

    Business, Technology and Enterprise


    Bsc Mathematics

    Mathematical Technology

    Mathematical Programming for Excel and the Web

    Digital Signal Processing

    Professional Development

    Advanced Modelling Case Study

    Final Year Projects

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Winberg, C., Bramhall, M., Greenfield, D., Johnson, P., Lewis, O., Rowlett, P., ... Wolff, K.E. (2020). Developing employability in engineering education: a systematic review of the literature. European Journal of Engineering Education, 45 (2), 165-180.

    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.

    Waldock, J., Rowlett, P., Cornock, C., Robinson, M., & Bartholomew, H. (2017). The role of informal learning spaces in enhancing student engagement with mathematical sciences. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 48 (4), 587-602.

    Bramhall, M.D., Lewis, J., Norcliffe, A., Radley, K., & Waldock, J. (2010). The Strategic Development of Learner Autonomy through Enquiry-Based Learning: A Case Study. Industry and Higher Education, 24 (2), 121-125.

    Berrington, K.A., Pelan, J.C., & Waldock, J.A. (2001). Oscillator strength for 3s23p5-3s3p6 in Cl-like ions. Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, 34 (13).

    Waldock, J.A. (1996). Wind and temperature effects on F-region medium-scale gravity waves estimated using a multi-layer atmospheric model. Journal of Atmospheric and Terrestrial Physics, 58 (11), 1259-1273.

    Waldock, J.A., & Jones, T.B. (1987). Source regions of medium scale travelling ionospheric disturbances observed at mid-latitudes. Journal of Atmospheric and Terrestrial Physics, 49 (2), 105-114.

    Waldock, J.A., & Jones, T.B. (1986). HF Doppler observations of medium-scale travelling ionospheric disturbances at mid-latitudes. Journal of Atmospheric and Terrestrial Physics, 48 (3), 245-260.

    Burrage, M.D., Waldock, J.A., Jones, T.B., & Nielsen, E. (1985). Joint STARE and SABRE radar auroral observations of the high-latitude ionospheric convection pattern. Nature, 316 (6024), 133-135.

    Crowley, G., Wade, N., Waldock, J.A., Robinson, T.R., & Jones, T.B. (1985). High time-resolution observations of periodic frictional heating associated with a Pc5 micropulsation. Nature, 316 (6028), 528-530.

    Waldock, J.A., Jones, T.B., & Nielsen, E. (1985). Mean auroral E-region plasma convection patterns measured by SABRE. Nature, 313 (5999), 204-206.

    Waldock, J.A., Jones, T.B., & Nielsen, E. (1985). Statistics of 1‐m wavelength plasma irregularities and convection in the auroral E Region. Radio Science, 20 (4), 709-717.

    Waldock, J.A., Jones, T.B., & Nielsen, E. (1984). SABRE observation of the morning sector convection reversal. Planetary and Space Science, 32 (7), 837-843.

    Waldock, J.A., & Jones, T.B. (1984). The effects of neutral winds on the propagation of medium-scale atmospheric gravity waves at mid-latitudes. Journal of Atmospheric and Terrestrial Physics, 46 (3), 217-231.

    Waldock, J.A., Jones, T.B., Nielsen, E., & Southwood, D.J. (1983). First results of micropulsation activity observed by sabre. Planetary and Space Science, 31 (5), 573-578.

    Waldock, J.A., Thomas, E.C., Stewart, C.P., Jones, T.B., & Nielsen, E. (1983). SABRE observations of a sequence of Pc 5 micropulsations. Radio Science, 18 (6), 1133-1139.

    Conference papers

    Waldock, J.A., Jones, T.B., Thomas, E.C., & Stewart, C.P. (1984). STATISTICAL STUDIES OF 150 MHz RADAR AURORAL BACKSCATTER USING SABRE. IEE Colloquium (Digest), (1984 /96).

  • Other activities

    External Examiner: University of Salford, BSc Mathematics, PhD
    External Panel Member, UKPSF: Birmingham City University

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