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

Mathematics Education Centre

Centre Staff

Dr Stephanie Thomas


Tel +44 (0)1509 22 8208

Location SCH.m.10 (Schofield Building)


I completed a BSc in Mathematics, a MSc in Applied Mathematics and a PGCE in Secondary Mathematics at the University of Hull. I worked as a Teacher of Mathematics at secondary school level, at a tertiary college and at university level prior to coming to Loughborough to take up a PhD in Mathematics Education. I completed the PhD in 2012 and taught various mathematics modules to engineering students (at Loughborough University) while studying for my PhD. I have been employed as a Lecturer at LU since August 2014 and am now teaching students on the Foundation programme as well as first year Engineering students.

Research areas

My research interest lies with the teaching and learning of university mathematics, at any level. I am particularly interested in understanding how all students can come to enjoy and do well in mathematics in order to progress through their chosen degrees, whether in mathematics or related disciplines such as physics and engineering. Some of my current research activity is aimed at understanding the conditions and constraints that can help or hinder students’ learning and progression, and at developing resources for teaching mathematics. I use mainly socio-cultural theories of learning, and activity theory in particular.

External activities

  • Member of MEI (Mathematics in Education and Industry)
  • Member of IMA (Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications)


  • MEC seminar organiser
  • Programme lead for Foundation Mathematics