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Peter Rowlett

Dr Peter James Rowlett CMath, FIMA, SFHEA

Reader in Higher Education Mathematics Teaching and Learning


Peter Rowlett teaches mathematics and history of mathematics to students of mathematics and engineering, and is a researcher in higher education mathematics education. He coordinates HE mathematics education activity for the Mathematics Subject Group.

  • About

    Peter Rowlett has degrees in maths and computing, including maths education. He teaches mathematics and history of mathematics to mathematics and engineering students.

    Prior to arriving at Sheffield Hallam University, Peter taught at Nottingham Trent University and Keele University. Outside of teaching roles, he worked for the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, coordinated the HE curriculum activity under the Mathematical Sciences Strand of the National HE STEM Programme, and worked in learning technology for mathematics and statistics at school- and university-level.

    Peter is a Chartered Mathematician, a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

  • Teaching

    Subject area


    BSc (Hons) Mathematics

    • Mathematical Modelling 1
    • Mathematical Modelling 2
    • Mathematical Technology
    • Programming with Mathematical Applications
    • Game Theory and Recreational Mathematics
    • Explorations in Mathematics (History of Mathematics)

  • Research

    Research group: Mathematics, Statistics and Mathematics Education Research Group (MSME).

    Peter is a researcher in higher education mathematics education. He is an editor of MSOR Connections, a peer-reviewed journal that welcomes articles, case studies and opinion pieces relating to innovative learning, teaching, assessment and support practice in Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research in HE. Peter coordinates HE mathematics education research activity for the Mathematics Subject Group, including a research seminar series.

    Peter's research is in teaching, learning and assessment in higher education. His interest is from a practical point of view, seeing this research as an opportunity to improve his practice and that of others. Particular areas of interest are

    • graduate and employability skills in mathematical sciences and STEM subjects
    • learning technology and e-assessment in mathematical sciences and STEM subjects
    • puzzle-based learning, problem-solving and mathematical thinking
    • history of mathematics in maths teaching
    • effective practice in maths outreach and public engagement
    • disability and access technology in mathematical sciences
  • Publications

  • Other activities

    • External examiner, BSc Mathematics and MMath, Keele University
    • IMA representative, Royal Society STEMM Disability Advisory Committee
    • External examiner, BSc Mathematics, University of Worcester
    • Editor, MSOR Connections
    • Member, Greenwich Maths Centre Advisory Board
    • Committee member, London Mathematical Society Education Public Engagement Sub-Committee
    • Member, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications Communications Committee

    Doctoral supervision

    • Director of Studies for Ellen Marshall, 'Statistics anxiety: effectiveness of strategies in reducing the impact on student achievement'.
    • Supervisor for Siavosh Haghighi Movahed, 'An innovative approach in teaching laboratory activities within a computer networking curriculum'.
    • Director of Studies for Alex Crombie, 'The contribution of multi-disciplinary problem-solving interventions to undergraduate employability skills development'.

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