Professor Paul Glaister CBE

Advisory Board

Paul is Professor of Mathematics and Mathematics Education in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Reading. He has 40+ years’ teaching and leadership experience, and in reviewing degree programmes, including as external examiner, and has 470+ publications spanning research in numerical analysis, computational fluid dynamics, mathematics/science education, and teaching/learning.

Paul has experience of education policy and practice in the university sector, and in the pre-university sector – particularly in post-16 mathematics, including work for DfE and Ofqual as an adviser and subject expert, respectively, including for A levels in Mathematics and Further Mathematics, and Core Maths, and for the Royal Society, including their Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education as Chair of the Expert Panel for A levels.

His interest in pre-18 education includes membership and chair of Strategic Boards for Maths Hubs, outreach activities, Maths4Girls Academic Steering Committee, and in 2025 Paul will become the 107th President of the 152-year-old Mathematical Association following in the footsteps of the likes of G H Hardy, Hannah Fry, and fellow Advisory Board member Nira Chamberlain.

Paul sits on many national bodies relating to mathematics and mathematics education, including many committees for the two learned societies for mathematics: the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) and the London Mathematical Society (LMS), and the Steering Group for Protect Pure Maths. He is the UK representative to the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI) and was Chair of the Joint Mathematical Council of the UK (JMC) 2015-2018.

As honorary secretary at the IMA Paul is chair of professional and accreditation panels with responsibility for Fellowship (FIMA), Chartered Designations CMath, CSci, CMathTeach, and Advanced Data Science Professional, the latter as part of the Alliance for Data Science Professionals.

Paul was appointed CBE in The King’s New Year Honours List 2023 for services to Education


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