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Speaker Biographies

Penelope (Penny) Bidgood, Kingston University

Penny is a principal lecturer in statistics at Kingston University, where she is engaged in both teaching and research.  She has been involved in a number of research projects in statistical education and in the application of statistics.  Recently she was a member of the EuResist consortium, using clinical data from across Europe to predict response to anti-HIV treatment.  Penny has collaborated on several statistical education projects, including Statistical Resources from Real Datasets (STARS), Plagiarism in Statistics Assessment (PiSA) and, most recently,  Variety in Statistics Assessment (ViSA) which was funded by the Royal Statistical Society Centre for Statistical Education. One outcome of the latter project is the publication of Assessment Methods in Statistical Education: An International Perspective, by Wiley-Blackwell later this year.

Penny was elected to Royal Statistical Society Council in 2006 and, in January 2009, became its Theme Director for Education, in which role she chairs the Education Strategy Group.  She is also a Chartered Statistician, an elected member of the International Statistical Institute and was the chair of the Association of Statistics Lecturers in Universities (ASLU) for several years.  She is the Programme Chair for the next International Association for Statistical Education (IASE) Conference, to be held in Dublin in 2011.


Sally Crighton, Open University

Sally Crighton is Senior Lecturer in Pure Mathematics in the Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology at The Open University. For the past few years she has been working on the development of an innovative introductory course in mathematics, Discovering Mathematics (MU123) Sally is particularly interested in developing new forms of assessment for mathematics in ways that promote student recruitment and engagement with the subject but which also enhance retention and progression.

Based at The Open University in Scotland, Sally is involved in various projects – including working with the Scottish Mathematical Council and the STEM partnership group of the Highlands and Islands Enterprise – to promote mathematics and its teaching in Scotland.


Leslie Fletcher, Liverpool John Moores University

Leslie Fletcher has been a senior lecturer in mathematics at Liverpool John Moores University since 2001; before that he held a similar post at Salford University for more than 30 years.  Almost all his teaching experience is in service courses for engineering students and he has been an enthusiastic user of on-line learning and teaching resources for more than 15 years.  He has published more than 30 papers on a wide variety of topics in pure and applied mathematics.

Over the past 18 months Leslie has been project manager of the MathAssess and FETLAR projects with the aim of securing the sustainability of on-line mathematics learning and teaching resources through the use of open standards and open source.  He is particularly pleased to have secured the release of CALMAT with a Creative Commons licence.  This offers the opportunity to repurpose this highly regarded package for modern technical environments to meet the needs and expectations of a wide variety of students.


Bill Lynch, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

Bill Lynch is a Director, Curriculum and Assessment, with the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), where his responsibilities include post-primary syllabuses in mathematics, science and technology. Project Maths has been the main focus of Bill’s work since its inception as a curriculum development initiative in 2006.

He is a graduate of NUI Galway (B.Sc.), NUI Maynooth (H. Dip. Ed.) and Trinity College Dublin (M.St.).  Originally from Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, Bill had over 25 years experience of teaching mathematics and science subjects at second level before joining the NCCA staff in 1998. Initially on secondment, he took up a permanent position with the NCCA in 2002.

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