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

Mathematics Education Centre

Centre Staff

Dr Lara Alcock

Head of the MEC
Reader in Mathematics Education

Tel +44 (0)1509 22 8255

Location SCH.0.22 (Schofield Building)


I completed a BSc and MSc in Mathematics and a PhD in Mathematics Education at the University of Warwick. I then spent four years as an assistant professor with a joint appointment in Mathematics and the Graduate School of Education at the Rutgers University in the USA.  I returned to the UK in 2005, and worked as a teaching fellow at Essex University before taking up my current post at Loughborough in 2007.  In addition to publishing research in undergraduate mathematics education, I have now written two research-based study guides for mathematics students, on the strength of this work I was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2015. For links to papers and sample chapters from the books, see my personal website.

Research areas

  • Proof comprehension and mathematical reading.
  • Use of examples in mathematical reasoning, including use of diagrams.
  • Understanding in topics such as real analysis.


  • Head of Department for the MEC.