Student success at Loughborough University PhD Awards 2022

PhD students in the Department of Mathematics Education celebrate wins at Loughborough University PhD Awards.

The Department of Mathematics Education (DME) celebrated success on Friday (29 July) with multiple wins at the Loughborough University PhD Awards 2022.

The annual event recognises and celebrates the achievements and contributions made by the PhD student community.

Open Research Excellence Award

Congratulations to Beth Woollacott, former DME PhD student and current Research Associate for the Centre for Early Mathematics Learning, who received the Open Research excellence award. Beth was recognised for open research activities including engagement with students aged 9 to 13, encouraging them to consider the opportunities that pursuing maths affords by explaining her career path and an overview of her research and the importance of the subject tied in with interactive activities.

Beth was also recognised for her collaboration with Oxford University Press' secondary maths and STEM education publishing team as part of her PhD. Through this collaboration, Beth attended meetings and gave feedback on various resources based on her knowledge of the research literature. These include a new GCSE maths revision series where she advised on the design and layout of the guide from the very initial stages, to the review process of 'Maths the Basics', a textbook for mathematical functional skills, where Beth suggested, and authored, revision summaries based on feedback from her research. One of the main outputs from this collaboration was an eighty page design guide which was a practitioner-facing guidebook to educational textbook and multimedia design, for the whole of the secondary education team at Oxford University Press.

Congratulations to Serena Rossi who was nominated in this category.

Team of the Year 2022

Tanya Gleadlow and Megan Foulkes were part of a team of students that were crowned Team of the Year 2022 for the organising the Midlands Graduate School (MGS) Doctoral Training Partnership Conference.

The MGS is a consortium of six universities including Loughborough University, University of Birmingham, Aston University, University of Warwick, University of Nottingham, and University of Leicester, running a Doctoral Training Programme funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. The conference was held on the 23 June at Loughborough and had attendees from all six universities.

The conference is run by students from the host institution which this year was Loughborough, last year was Birmingham, next year is Aston. The committee was made up of 4 students - Tanya and Megan from the DME, Rob Booth from Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences and Carrie Harrop from Social Policy.

The team of 4 had a lot of work on their hands with usual organising committees consisting of around 10 student, so huge congratulations to Tanya, Megan and Rob for excellent organisation of the conference.


Among the winners there were also nominations in categories which were celebrated. Congratulations to the nominees too!

  • Congratulations to Serena Rossi who was nominated in the Open Research Excellence category.
  • Theresa Wege who was nominated for the Teaching Excellence award and also represented the Open research Collective who were nominated in the Team of the Year category. Theresa also presented the Open Research Excellence Award.
L-R: Beth, who celebrated the Open Research Excellence Award, Serena, who was nominated for the Open Research Excellence Award, Theresa, who was nominated for the Teaching Excellence Award, Megan & Tanya, winners of the Team of the Year 2022 award.
L-R: Tanya, Megan and Carrie - winners of the Team of the Year Award 2022.