Research Output per year
My research interests are in geometric methods in combinatorial group theory. I obtained my PhD from the Univeristy of Glasgow in 2008 under the supervision of Prof. Stephen J. Pride. I joined the University of Strathclyde in that year as a Teaching Assistant and I am now a Teaching Associate. Between 2011 and 2018 I was the Manager of the University's Maths Skills Support Centre.
I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Ordinary Member of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society and sit on the Society's Education Committee. I am also the Year 1 Coordinator for the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and was previously the department's Chief Undergraduate Academic Selector.
In 2019/20 I will be teaching:
- MM103: Geometry and Algebra with Applications
- MM113: Mathematics 1E
- MM114: Mathematics 2E
- MM125: Mathematics Summer School
- MM211: Mathematics 3B
- MM301: Linear Algebra
- MM105: Applications of Mathematics
- MM112: Mathematics 2B
- MM116: Mathematics 1C
- MM117: Mathematics 1D
- MM202: Advanced Calculus
- MM215: Mathematics 2D
- MM217: Mathematics 2M
- MM311: Mathematics 4B
I have supervised a number of level 4 honours projects in topics such as topology, theory of automata, complex dynamics, geometry, knot theory, number theory and group theory.
I am interested in a number of areas in combinatorial group theory and semigroup theory:
- the word problem for finitely presented group
- Dehn functions of groups
- asphericity of relative group presentations
- groups defined by finite state automata
- inverse semigroups
I am also interested in pedagogical research in the Mathematical Sciences, particularly in areas related to Mathematics and Satistics support.
Academic / Professional qualifications
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (August 2019).
Education Committee Member, Edinburgh Mathematical Society2016 → …
- Combinatorial Group Theory
- Geometric Group Theory
- Semigroup Theory
- Mathematics and Statistics Support
The provision of mathematics and statistics support in Scottish higher education institutions (2017): a comparative study by the Scottish mathematics support networkAhmed, S., Davidson, P., Durkacz, K., Macdonald, C., Richard, M. & Walker, A., 30 May 2018, In : MSOR Connections. 16, 3, p. 5-19 15 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article