Professor Duncan Lawson Newman University Birmingham
Professor Duncan Lawson is Pro-Vice-Chancellor Formative Education at Newman University, Birmingham, a post he took up in March 2013. Prior to that he was Professor of STEM Education at Coventry University and Assistant Chief Executive at the Higher Education Academy. Duncan has been involved with maths support since the early 1990s when Coventry Polytechnic set up the BP Mathematics Centre with funding from the BP Engineering Education Fund.
For around 20 years, Duncan was Director of the Mathematics Support Centre at Coventry University and was instrumental in the establishment of sigma, initially a collaboration between Loughborough and Coventry Universities which was designated by HEFCE as a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) in 2005. Since then he has actively promoted the development of maths and stats support across the sector through the work of sigma as a CETL (2005-2010), within the National HE STEM Programme (2009-2012) and most recently with a HEFCE funded programme of activity to consolidate the national mathematics support community of practice (2013-2016).
During his career, Duncan has been involved in a range of organisations with an interest in mathematics in higher education including being Chair of HoDoMS (Heads of Department of Mathematical Sciences), Chair of the Joint Mathematical Council and Director of the Maths, Stats and OR Subject Centre of the Higher Education Academy. In 2005, Duncan was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship. He is currently a member of the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications Higher Education Committee (HEdSA) and editor of the international journal Teaching Mathematics and Its Applications.