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Ros Porter

Dr Ros Porter FIMA, FHEA, PGCert in Higher Education, PhD, PGCE, BSc (Hons)

Senior Lecturer in Mathematics, Second Year Tutor


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.

  • Teaching

    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

  • Research

    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.

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Porter, R., Norman, R., & Gilbert, L. (2011). Controlling tick-borne diseases through domestic animal management: A theoretical approach. Theoretical Ecology, 4 (3), 321-339.

  • Other activities

    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

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