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Tom Wicks

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science

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Biography

Tom studied MMath Mathematics at the University of Nottingham 2007-11. He subsequently stayed at Nottingham to complete his PhD studies in 2015. Since then Tom has been a Teaching Associate in Nottingham and was recently promoted to Assistant Professor in a teaching-focused role.

Tom won a Lord Dearing Award for outstanding contribution to teaching and learning in July 2018.

Expertise Summary

Tom has a teaching-focussed role in the school, which involves development and dissemination of innovative teaching and assessment practices for Higher Education. He sits on several committees within the School of Mathematical Sciences and Faculty of Science that oversee curriculum development and enhancing the Student Experience.

Tom is currently on sabbatical to conduct a major review of undergraduate courses in Mathematical Sciences. Recently, Tom has taught several mathematics modules aimed at Engineering students and coordinated support classes for first-year Honours Mathematics students. Tom is involved in several teaching support and outreach programmes both within the School of Mathematical Sciences and in collaboration with other departments across the University. Tom trains and coordinates the School's team of Postgraduate Student Teachers, who support a large proportion of our Honours and Service modules.

Teaching Summary

Tom is on study leave this year, but below are some modules he has taught recently.

Year Long

  • Honours Mathematics Core Support, including:
    • MATH1005 Analytical and Computational Foundations
    • MATH1006 Calculus
    • MATH1007 Linear Mathematics
  • Computing Component of Core Mathematics
  • MATH3024 Communicating Mathematics
  • Mathematics component of MMME2032 Professional Engineering and Project 2 for Aerospace Engineering
  • MTHS1009 Mathematics for Civil Engineering

Spring Semester

  • MTHS4004 Mathematical Techniques in Partial Differential Equations for Engineers

Research Summary

I have an active interest in Mathematics Education, mainly in the following two areas:

  1. The transition into Higher Education from A Level (or equivalent).
    • Do A Levels truly prepare students for a degree in Mathematics.
    • Will the new Mathematics and Further Mathematics A Levels (commenced in September 2017) make a difference?
  2. Assessment and Feedback in Higher Education.
    • What purpose does formative assessment (coursework/mid-term tests etc.) serve in Mathematics?
    • Are there other ways to encourage students to engage with their course?

Recent Publications

Past Research

My research involved molecular simulation of nucleation of polymers using Monte Carlo methods. In particular, investigated the effect of placing polymers under flow during the nucleation process and how this affects the ease of crystallisation and the arrangement of polymer chains within the resulting crystal.

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