Professor Elena Nardi
Professor of Mathematics Education, University of East Angila
Elena Nardi is Professor of Mathematics Education in the School of Education (EDU) at the University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK). Her research is in a range of areas of mathematics education, with a particular emphasis on the teaching and learning of mathematics at university level, as well as: public discourses on mathematics/mathematicians and science/scientists; inclusion of learners with diverse needs in mathematics; mathematical affect; and, secondary mathematics teachers’ epistemological and pedagogical discourses. Her monograph Amongst Mathematicians: Teaching and Learning Mathematics at University Level was published by Springer in 2008. The externally funded projects she is currently involved in include the British Academy funded CAPTeaM project (Challenging Ableist Perspectives in the Teaching of Mathematics; Principal Investigator). She leads EDU’s RME (Research in Mathematics Education) Group. Amongst the post-graduate students that she has supervised to completion are 23 students at doctoral level and 42 at Masters level. She is the director of EDU’s MA Mathematics Education, module organiser to two of its three compulsory modules and co-organiser to its third. She is module organiser of the BA Education module Children, teachers and mathematics: Changing public perceptions of mathematics and team member of the programme’s Dissertation module. She is member of the ESRC Peer Review College and of the Coordinating Committee of the International Network for Didactic Research in University Mathematics (INDRUM). She is co-Editor in Chief of International Journal for Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education and Advisory Editor of the Routledge journal Research in Mathematics Education, the official journal of BSRLM, the British Society for Research into the Learning of Mathematics. She is member of the Editorial Board of Educational Studies in Mathematics, Mathematical Thinking and Learning, and Mathematics Teacher Education and Development.
Professor Thomas Lumley
Statistics department, University of Auckland
Education is my vocation – a voice, calling from within me since I was young. In my mind, education forms a place where my personal passion intersects with the world’s deep needs. Education is what I’ve been doing with my life that makes a personal difference to form part of my legacy – something that can be looked back on in later years to see the meaningful impact on the world.
I am Professor of Mathematics and Mathematics Education at UNSW. I am also an Honorary Professor of STEM & Digital Education at UQ (Brisbane). My significant and innovative contributions to the student experience have positively impacted millions of people around the world by exploring the challenges of scale, flexibility and personalized learning. For example, I lead Australia’s earliest YouTube channel dedicated to learning mathematics, now in its thirteenth year of operation with more that 15 million views; and my free etextbooks have a global audience of more than 10 million readers.
A teacher at heart, the quality and impact of my work on the student experience has been recognized at national and international levels, through fellowships and prestigious awards for educational excellence, including diversity and inclusion. As Associate Dean (Education), I have been responsible for improving the quality, recognition and transparency of the student experience across ~600 courses, 30 programs and ~10,000 students within The Faculty of Science at UNSW. As VP (Education) at the Australian Maths Society, I lead a national portfolio that promotes the learning and teaching of STEM, including research training.
I am proud to collaborate with key partners within the education industry, ensuring continuous improvement and collaborative advantage therein. I promote innovation in education through public engagement and thought leadership at national and international levels as an expert and public figure. I am unfazed by the challenge of educational transformation at scale and see myself as an agent of positive change.