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PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons), FHEA


My role as a Maths Tutor involves providing support to students with the maths and statistics content of their courses. This means tutoring students on a one-to-one basis or in small groups, as well as giving seminars and workshops. I am also involved in developing teaching materials available as handouts from the Centre or as e-learning resources.

I feel very privileged to be able to dedicate time to students and to tailor the help they receive to their particular needs and abilities. It is very rewarding to help students advance their understanding, and in some cases overcome their fears, of mathematics. There is a great deal of variety in what we do, in terms of the diversity of students who come to the Centre and the subjects they are studying. I never know what is really coming up for the day, and no two tutorials are ever the same!


After studying maths at Bath Uni I went on to do the Masters in Mathematical Biology at Dundee. I enjoyed the course so much I ended up doing something I’d been trying to avoid – a PhD! I did my PhD at Cambridge Uni. on the mathematical modelling of a biological system.

Having enjoyed the programming elements of my research, I came back to Wales to work as a software developer in Cardiff for 5 years; but after the birth of my first child I realised that my job wasn’t going to allow me the flexibility to work part time. That’s when the position for a maths tutor in the Education Drop-in Centre came up, and I haven’t looked back.


Publications (Stephens E.A.)

  • Brown D, Stephens EA, Smith RG, Li G, Leng G. Estimation of parameters for a mathematical model of growth hormone secretion. Journal of Neuroendocrinology 2004; 16: 936-946.
  • Brown D, Stephens EA, Leng G, Smith RG. Mathematical modelling of the GH release axis. In: Smith RG, Thorner MO, eds. Human Growth Hormone: Research and Clinical Practice. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press, 2000: 119-130.
  • Brown D, Stephens EA, Leng G, Smith RG. A mathematical model of growth hormone release from the pituitary. In: Bercu BB, Walker RF, eds. Growth Hormone Secretagogues in Clinical Practice. New York, NY: Dekker, 1998: 77-94.
  • Stephens EA. A Mathematical Model of growth Hormone Release from the Pituitary. PhD Thesis. Cambridge: University of Cambridge, 1998.
  • Stephens EA, Brown D, Leng G, Smith R.G. A model of the pituitary release of growth hormone. In: Cuthbertson R, Holcombe M, Paton R, eds. Computation in Cellular and Molecular Biological Systems. Singapore: World Scientific 1997: 329-338.
  • Stephens E & Goedhart PW. Signtest Procedure. Genstat Procedure library.
  • Wilson BJ, Wright K, Brain P, Clements M, Stephens E. Predicting the competitive effects of weed and crop density on weed biomass, weed seed production and crop yield in wheat. Weed Research 1995: 35: 265-278.


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Sigma – Mathematics Support Network, SW Regional Hub
Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol

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