Mr Tom Cowan

Mr Tom Cowan

Programme Leader - BEd and Lecturer in Education (Mathematics)

Plymouth Institute of Education (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

Lecturer in Education (PIoE) Mathematics

Programme Leader BEd (UG Primary ITE)



FHEA - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy,2015

MA Education, Open University, 2010
PGCE Mathematics: Secondary, MMU, 2004
BSc (Hons) in Finance & Accounting, University of Salford, 2002


Prior to joining the University of Plymouth in 2014, Tom was primarily involved in secondary teaching in mathematics in challenging inner city schools in and around Manchester and Salford.

Tom has a background in Mathematics Education. He is also currently employed by the Open University as an Associate Lecturer on several Maths Ed modules

Professional membership

  • Member of BERA
  • Member of ATM (Association of Teachers of Mathematics)
  • Member of NCETM
  • Member of UCU

Roles on external bodies

  • Principal Examiner for Pearson Edexcel (2005 - Present) Mathematics and Statistics

Staff serving as external examiners

External Examiner at the University of Gloucestershire

Research interests

Current interests and areas of potential research

  • Technology in mathematics teaching
  • Diagrams linked to algebraic thinking
  • Mathematics Education - Looking at mathematics pedagogy
  • The use of mathematical manipulatives
  • The role of the Teacher Educator
  • Initial Teacher Education

Cowan T.,Hayes G. & Allen B., Starting with Pythagoras’ Theorem. , (MathematicsTeaching 237). Available at: