Dr Jenny Sharp
Lecturer in Mathematics (Education)
School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics (Faculty of Science & 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.