Dr Jenny Sharp
Lecturer in Mathematics
School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
My main role within the Centre for Teaching Mathematics is the Mathematics Enrichment Programme which provides workshops and masterclasses for children from year 5 (aged 9) through to those in year 12 and 13. The events that I run at the University cover schools from across Devon and Cornwall meeting in excess of 500 able mathematicians per year and I am a regular invited speaker through the Royal Institution’s masterclass programme delivering masterclasses in London, Wales, the Chanel Islands and Berkshire.
In a typical year I work with over 1,300 students and nearly 200 teachers from over 320 schools.
Details of my work with schools can be found here: Mathematics Enrichment Programme
I have a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Plymouth.
Roles on external bodies
I am Chair of Governors for The West Dartmoor Federation, a federation of two primary schools, having been a Governor since 2006.
As well as the work with the Centre for Teaching Mathematics, I teach on modules in the School of Mathematics and Computing, mainly on the Mathematics with Education Degree Programme. I am module leader for the school based module offered to the final year students which places them in a local school for one morning a week, this involves working closely with the schools, a link which has developed from the enrichment activities offered to the schools. I am also module leader for the Mathematics Education Projects.
My other teaching includes a service module for the Business School, providing a course which takes mathematically weak students and brings them up to a level where they can confidently work on the mathematics expected of them in their other business modules. I also teach on some modules for the School of Education on the BEd Primary Programme, both subject knowledge for the math specialists and general teaching modules.