Dr Colin Foster
MA(Cantab), PhD, PGCE, CMathTeach, SFHEA



I am an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Research in Mathematics Education in the School of Education at the University of Nottingham. Previously, I taught mathematics in secondary schools for 12 years. My first degree and PhD are from Magdalene College, Cambridge, and I obtained my PGCE from the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education.


I have been designing mathematical tasks and writing books and articles for mathematics teachers for over 10 years. During 2005-2008 I co-edited the journal Mathematics Teaching, published by the Association of Teachers of Mathematics.


Alongside my research, I teach pre-service teachers on the PGCE secondary mathematics course at the University of Nottingham, supervise masters and PhD students and lead professional development for teachers on teaching mathematics in investigative ways. I write regularly for the magazine Teach Secondary and for mathematics teacher professional journals. I was a member of the Department for Education Expert Group for the mathematics national curriculum and I devise questions for University of Cambridge International Examinations.


I am a Chartered Mathematics Teacher, a Fellow of the International Society for Design and Development in Education, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Association of Mathematics Education Teachers.


Before mathematics education, I worked in chemistry. Click here for my thesis and a related paper.


If you are interested in studying for a PhD in an area that matches my research interests, then please email me with your ideas. There is information about PhD research in the School of Education at the University of Nottingham here.


My Erdős number is 4.


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