I am involved to varying degrees in a number of modules on the Mathematics degree with an emphasis on applied real world mathematics.
In particular I enjoy sharing my love of mathematical biology; from modelling how diseases spread to determining patterns of inheritance through genetics.
Department of Engineering and Mathematics
Business, Technology and Enterprise
Mathematical Modelling 1 and 2; Statistical Theory and Methods; Mathematical Biology; I also lead on the Academic Advisor Programme for BSc Mathematics
I am currently involved in educational research projects looking at students attitudes to taking risks and making errors; the second year slump; course community; teaching methodology.
Porter, R., & Bartholomew, H. (2016). When will I ever use that? Giving students opportunity to see the direct application of modelling techniques in the real world. MSOR Connections, 14 (3), 45. http://doi.org/10.21100/msor.v14i3.309
Porter, R., Norman, R.A., & Gilbert, L. (2013). A model to test how ticks and louping ill virus can be controlled by treating red grouse with acaricide. Medical and Veterinary Entomology, 27 (3), 237-246. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2915.2012.01047.x
Porter, R., Norman, R.A., & Gilbert, L. (2013). An alternative to killing? Treatment of reservoir hosts to control a vector and pathogen in a susceptible species. Parasitology, 140 (2), 247-257. http://doi.org/10.1017/S0031182012001400
Porter, R., Norman, R., & Gilbert, L. (2011). Controlling tick-borne diseases through domestic animal management: A theoretical approach. Theoretical Ecology, 4 (3), 321-339. http://doi.org/10.1007/s12080-010-0080-2
Academic representative for the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
Member of the Parent and Carer Network Steering Group
Actively involved in Athena SWAN work
I have given a number of presentations on different aspects of Mathematical Pedagogy and Academic support.
Recent examples include:
'Students' attitudes to mistakes and risk' with Claire Cornock and Alex Shukie at CETL-MSOR 2019 and STA LTA conference.
'Putting the Second Year slump in context for Mathematics,' with Alex Corner and Claire Cornock at CETL-MSOR 2019 and STA LTA conference
'Sharing experiences of Academic Advising' with Patrick Johnson at STA LTA conference