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Dr Peter Soan

Associate Professor & Transformation Leader

About

Following degrees in mathematics and astrophysics at the University of London I completed my PhD in computational mathematics at the then Kingston Polytechnic in 1991 while already a full-time lecturer in Mathematics.

Since then I have undertaken a variety of roles in academic management and development as well as teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Kingston, and reviewed/examined at several other UK universities. I am currently the Head of the Department of Mathematics and course leader for the mathematics degree courses.

My main teaching interests are in computational mathematics and mathematical modelling. My current research interests are in statistical/mathematical modelling and in education (particularly developments in pedagogy in Higher Education on which I regularly present at conferences).

Areas of specialism

  • Mathematical and Statistical Modelling
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education

Courses taught

Undergraduate

Qualifications

  • MSc (Applied Statistics), Sheffield Hallam University
  • PhD (Computational Mathematics), Kingston Polytechnic (CNAA)
  • MSc (Astrophysics), Queen Mary College, University of London
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics, Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London

Professional membership

Member of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

Chartered Mathematician 

Research

My current research interests include statistical modelling - for example longitudinal (and repeated measures) analysis of studies in healthcare and education. I also have a very long-standing interest in the techniques and technology used in the Teaching of Mathematics. Investigations here include attempts to determine whether the introduction of Computer Algebra Systems in the curriculum has an overall positive effect on students understanding and ability to solve problems (even when the computer support is withdrawn). Currently we are investigating whether other simple technology (such as personal response or voting systems) can be employed effectively with technical subjects such as mathematics to enhance student engagement and consequently student learning.

Publications

Number of items: 10.

Article

Garrod, Rachel, Bidgood, Penelope and Soan, Peter (2006) What do respiratory physiotherapists really do? Stage 1 of a consensus project. Journal of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care, 38, pp. 26-31. ISSN (print) 2059-0180

McNiece, Rosie, Bidgood, Penelope and Soan, Peter (2004) An investigation into using national longitudinal studies to examine trends in educational attainment and development. Educational Research, 46(2), pp. 119-136. ISSN (print) 0013-1881

Conference or Workshop Item

Denholm-Price, James, Orwell, Suzan and Soan, Peter (2016) Analysing students’ response times with classroom response systems. In: CETL-MSOR Conference 2016 : “A Brave New World”; 06-07 Sep 2016, Loughborough, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Denholm-Price, James, Orwell, Suzan and Soan, Peter (2016) Clicker response timings and their association with grades. In: Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference : Making Connections and Sharing Pedagogy; 30 Jun - 01 Jul 2016, Leicester, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Denholm-Price, James, Orwell, Suzan and Soan, Peter (2015) First year engagement using clickers. In: CETL-MSOR Conference 2015: Sustaining Excellence; 09-10 Sep 2015, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Denholm-Price, James, Orwell, Suzan and Soan, Peter (2015) Opening-up education : promoting active learning with students and staff. In: Association for Learning Technology Annual Conference 2015 (ALT-C 2015) Shaping the Future of Learning Together; 08 – 10 Sep 2015, Manchester, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Denholm-Price, James and Soan, Peter (2014) Mathematics eAssessment using Numbas: experiences at Kingston with a partially 'flipped' classroom. In: HEA STEM Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2014; 30 Apr – 01 May 2014, Edinburgh.

Denholm-Price, James and Soan, Peter (2014) Setting and marking poster assignments to promote student-tutor engagement. In: HEA STEM Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2014; 30 Apr – 01 May 2014, Edinburgh.

Augousti, A. T., Mason, J., Morgan, H., Soan, P., McMillan, N. D., Popko, E. and Radosz, A. (2004) Ultrasonic investigation of alcoholic beverages. In: Advanced Sensors and Instrumentation Systems for the Food and Beverage Industries; 2004 (15 December).

Thesis

Soan, Peter Humphrey (1990) Transformation techniques in optimal design problems with application to harbour shapes. (PhD thesis), Kingston Polytechnic, uk.bl.ethos.290441.

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