Ros Porter

Dr Ros Porter BSc, PhD, SFHEA, FIMA

Senior Lecturer in Mathematics


I am an Applied Mathematician with a background in Mathematical Ecology; this means using mathematics to describe ecological processes, for example, modelling how diseases spread or how different animal species interact.


Senior Lecturer


Department of Engineering and Mathematics

College of Business, Technology and Engineering

Mathematics and Physics

BSc Mathematics

BSc Physics

I teach across a range of modules on the Maths and Physics degree programmes, mainly focussed on the application of mathematics to the real world. I am a passionate believer in active learning and include many student led activities within my teaching.


I work with other scientists to develop models of different ecological processes to help us understand the potential outcomes of possible interventions or future developments.

Areas of interest include:

• Infectious disease spread

• Vector-borne infections

• Species interactions

• Human interventions

I have also been involved in a number of educational research projects looking at students attitudes to taking risks and making errors; the second year slump; course community; teaching methodology.

I also co-ordinate Academic Advising on BSc Mathematics, which is designed to support students to develop their Academic Skills over the course of their studies.


Journal articles

Cornock, C., Shukie, A., Porter, R., & O'Sullivan, D. (2021). Students being set up to make mistakes in class through an error-eliciting task. MSOR Connections, 19 (2), 4-9.

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.


Rowlett, P., Cornock, C., & Porter, R. (2018). Student-led employability audit leading to undergraduate curriculum change. Presented at: Faculty of STA Teaching and Learning Conference 2018, Sheffield Hallam University

Other activities

Academic Representative for the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

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