Maths Scholars CPD Workshop

We have a great programme for the Maths Scholars CPD Workshop taking place on Saturday 08 June 2019 at Conference Aston.

Modelling the Competition - Dr Nira Chamberlain (Holland & Barratt)


 Dr Nira Chamberlain is listed by the PowerList 2019 Top 100 Most Influential Black Person in the UK. Winner of the Big Math Off title - World's Most Interesting Mathematician

Dr Nira Chamberlain is also in listed by the Science Council as ‘one of the UK’s top 100 Scientist’ and in 2015 joined the elite list of distinguish mathematicians who featured in the biographical reference book Who’s Who. As well as this, Dr Nira Chamberlain is the President Designate of the Institute of Mathematics and its Application (IMA) and is a Visiting Fellow of Loughborough University Mathematical Sciences Department.

Nira Chamberlain is one of the few British Mathematicians to feature in the Encyclopedia of Mathematics & Society. The encyclopedia highlights two of Nira’s mathematical models and their impact on the field of naval engineering.


It can be argued that any market would not survive without competition. It is everywhere; you can't run away from it.  Competition can cause a business to either thrive, survive or die. So one might ask why is there a need to mathematical model the competition. Two quotes may help to answer this;

"Business is a game played for fantastic stakes, and you're in competition with experts. If you want to win, you have to learn to be a master of the game"


"You can't look at the competition and say you're going to do it better. You have to look at the competition and say you're going to do it differently"

Steve Jobs

In this workshop, we will demonstrate how mathematical modelling can be used to "master the game" and "do things differently".  The focus of the workshop will be The Travelling Dynamic Repairman.

Showcasing Statistics - Dr Laura Bonnett (University of Liverpool) and Dr Simon White (University of Cambridge)

Biography - Dr Laura Bonnet

 Dr Laura Bonnett is a Medical Statistician (Tenure Track Fellow) primarily interested in the development and validation of prognostic models for people with recurrent conditions such as epilepsy and asthma.  She is based in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Liverpool.  Laura’s work has informed the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency’s regulations on time off driving for people with a first ever seizure, and driving during and after antiepileptic drug withdrawal.  This work has now also underpinned European Union policy on driving.  Additionally, Laura is a member of the Royal Statistical Society Education Committee and a committed STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Ambassador.  As part of these roles Laura develops statistical outreach activities which can be used by anyone with an interest in the area at a variety of events such as careers fairs, science festivals and in STEM clubs ( 

Biography - Dr Simon White

 Dr Simon White is a senior investigator statistician at the Medical Research Council Biostatistics Unit, University of Cambridge. He completed his PhD in epidemic modelling of infectious diseases at the University of Nottingham, then became an MRC Career Development Fellow at the MRC Biostatistics Unit. Now, as a senior investigator, he is developing research on neuroimaging and cognition, focused on bridging the complex and multivariate aspects of development and ageing with statistical methodologies. Outside of his academic research interests Simon is active in public engagement and outreach activities: organising the departments presence at science festivals; volunteering for the Science Media Centre's 'Behind the Headlines' initiative; as an active STEM Ambassador; and as a Royal Statistical Society (UK) Statistical Ambassador and member of the RSS Education and Statistical Literacy Committee.


The Royal Statistical Society have an Education & Statistical Literacy Committee whose remit includes statistical education in practice, promoting careers in statistics, and developing statistical literacy.  In line with these aims the Committee is co-ordinating the development of hands-on statistical activities for its Fellows, and STEM Ambassadors within STEMNET, who are invited into careers fairs, schools and science clubs to run sessions or workshops.  This talk will discuss statistical activities – what defines them and how to make them fun and interactive – and showcase existing resources.

NRICH Website  – Ems Lord (Director)


 Ems joined the team as NRICH Director in 2015, following her previous role leading one of the country's largest Mathematics Specialist Teacher Programmes. Ems has taught mathematics across the key stages, from Early Years to A Level Further Mathematics, and has worked in a variety of settings including a hospital school. Her previous roles include supporting schools as a Leading Mathematics Teacher, local authority consultant and as a Chartered  Mathematics Teacher. Ems has taught mathematics education on both BEd and PGCE teacher programmes and she is currently working on her PhD thesis which addresses how we can improve our support for pupils learning calculation skills.


You may have heard about the NRICH website, and perhaps tried out some of its resources, but are you maximising its potential with your students? NRICH is often described as 'the home of rich problem-solving' and its website is packed with classroom resources for secondary and post-16 teachers. NRICH Director Ems Lord will take you on a guided tour of the NRICH family of resources, stopping off along the way to try out some of her favourite activities for your classes, and sharing her insights for making the most of this award-winning website.


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