Dr Andrew Wilson
- Senior Lecturer (Mathematics)
My research interests lie in Algebraic Geometry and applications, specifically Birational Geometry and problems surrounding the Minimal Model Program. I also have a keen interest in the Learning & Teaching of Mathematics, especially surrounding engagement. Please see my personal webpages or below for more information.
Maths Week Scotland / Edinburgh Mathematical Society / Glasgow Mathematical Journal Trust Small Grant, September 2018
I sometimes think that the best way to change public attitude to math would be to stick a red label on everything that uses mathematics. "Math inside".
Letters to a Young Mathematician, Ian Stewart
With well over 600 submissions from Barra to Kirkwall and from Aberdeen to Dumfries (engagement heat-map), a competition open to school-aged children and young people living in Scotland, both individually and in groups, was run to give a space to identify and reflect on the Maths surrounding us daily: the maths inside. Using the above quote by Ian Stewart as inspiration, the maths inside photo competition was devised to celebrate the Scottish Government initiative Maths Week Scotland, which will took place between 10th and 16th September 2018. The project was generously funded by the Edinburgh Mathematical Society, Glasgow Mathematical Journal Trust, Maths Week Scotland, Institute for Mathematics and its Applications and the School of Mathematics & Statistics.
The purpose of this competition was to raise awareness and celebrate the often unseen mathematics all around us. Photographic submissions of everyday objects in the wild, in the city or through change with the maths inside sticker on them were invited.
The response was enormous, with pupils, parents and teachers all getting involved in this interdisciplinary competition, which matched mathematical insights with an artistic eye. To see the winners visit the competition website mathsinside.com.
On the penultimate day in Maths Week Scotland, a prize ceremony filled the ground floor of the Mathematics & Statistics Building with around 100 in attendance of all ages. Visitors were welcomed by our Head of School, Prof. Ian Strachan and prizes were awarded by Katie Oldfield of Maths Week Scotland and Laura Ross from the Scottish Government.
London Mathematical Society Undergraduate Research Bursary, Summer 2016
LMS Undergraduate Research Bursary, URB 16-73 (with S. Montesano), Phylogenetic Algebraic Geometry: Local description of the Kimura 2-parameter model.
ISSF Glasgow Polyomics (Wellcome Trust) Public Engagement Bursary, June 2016
#StreetMaths — interplay between street theatre and mathematics. Taking mathematics outreach to the street. Mathematical busking, usually taking place in public spaces to a varied audience, seeks to surprise and engage passers-by with routines ingrained with mathematical themes reaching audiences not usually exposed to mathematics through traditional channels.
Head of Level 1 Mathematics (1R/S)
Students can find course resources on Moodle: 1R / 1S. Please read the Course Information for students document available there. If you do not have Moodle access, please contact our School Office via firstname.lastname@example.org, +44 (0)141 330 2940, or in person on Level-2 of the Mathematics & Statistics Building on University Place.
Summer School Coordinator
If you are interested in joining us as part of the Widening Participation Summer School, please contact the Marketing, Recruitment and International Office for details. If you have already joined the course, information and resources are available on Moodle.
Our International Summer School on Linear Algebra and Differential Equations runs eight-weeks from mid-June until mid-August and features a highly effective student-centred and student-focused pedagogy. Please do get in touch with either Marketing, Recruitment and International Office to enrol or with me directly if you would like to discuss meeting the needs of your students through our current courses or planning towards future collaborations.
Best presentation of the 11th University of Glasgow Learning & Teaching Conference, March 2018
for Embedding Play in Higher Education
Herald Jisc Innovative Technology Award (Level 1 & 2 Teams), July 2016
for Assessment and Feedback for pre-honours Mathematics. This was a large team project involving many colleagues across the School, to learn more listen to Prof. Ian Strachan, Prof. Tara Brendle and I discuss the project in an episode of the JiSC podcast.
Wellcome Trust ISSF Award for Innovation in Public Engagement, June 2016
for Street Maths (see Grants above for details)
Nominated by students for an SRC Student Teaching Award, March 2016
in the category of Best Feedback. Video available.
University Teaching Excellence Award (Level 1 & 2 Teams), May 2015
for continued success in assessment and feedback for Level 2 and in introducing similar improvements in Level 1. Award video available.
College Teaching Excellence Award (Level 2 Team), March 2014
for dramatically improved outcomes for Level 2 Mathematics students with the integration of technology (e-assessment, scanning) and improved efficiency (procedures, IT-Admin-Academic teamwork)
Education Committee Member, Edinburgh Mathematical Society, 2015–2019
My main role here is reviewing applications to the Schools Enrichment Fund