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Dr Andrew Potter


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Professional biography

Andrew completed his BSc degree in Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh in 2006, and went on to study a PhD in algorithmic number theory at the University of Bristol, under the supervision of Prof Jonathan Pila. He graduated in 2010, with a thesis entitled Computing the factors of the cyclotomic polynomial.

He then went on to study a PGDE in Secondary Education at the University of Edinburgh, and taught mathematics in secondary school for 3 years, and then in further education for a further 4 years.

Andrew joined the Open University in 2014 as an Associate Lecturer (AL). During his time as an AL, he has taught at all levels: on MU123, MST124, MST125, MST224, M337, M823 and M836.

Andrew became a Staff Tutor in 2018, and Deputy Associate Dean (Academic Excellence) in 2021. He is currently the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead for the School of Mathematics & Statistics, and maintains a strong interest in External Engagement and Outreach.

Research interests

Andrew's interests in the scholarship of teaching and learning include:

  • blended synchronous learning (simultaneous face-to-face and online events)
  • student perceptions of the usefulness of mathematics at Level 1
  • bilingual Welsh/English teaching and learning
  • the development of Good Mathematical Communication skills

Teaching interests

Andrew has been a member of the following module teams:

  • MU123 Discovering mathematics
  • M337 Complex analysis
  • M836 Coding theory
  • MST368 Graphs, games and designs (in production)