Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 263171
Loughborough University

Mathematics Education Centre

Centre Staff

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Dr Ian Jones

Senior Lecturer

Tel +44 (0)1509 22 8217

Location SCH.0.29 (Schofield Building)


I lecture mathematics and research mathematics education and assessment. I obtained my PhD in Mathematics Education at the University of Warwick and worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham before moving to Loughborough University as a Senior Research Fellow funded by the Royal Society. Prior to this I worked as a Research Assistant on many projects at several universities, and was a school teacher for ten years. 

Research areas

  • Students' understanding of symbolic equivalence.
  • Algebraic thinking.
  • Conceptual understanding of mathematics.
  • Improving the quality and validity of mathematics summative assessment.
  • Standards and validity in examinations.

External activities


  • Departmental Impact Coordinator for the MEC.
  • Lead developer on the STACK project to create online mathematics assessments for use across the university.
  • Academic lead for the online LUMEN course.
  • UCU departmental representative for the MEC and member of the Loughborough University UCU committee.
  • PhD supervision: Philip Borg, Ben Davies, Tom Francome and Emine Şimşek.
  • Editor of the MEC's Research Update newsletter for schools.