Gilles

Lecturer - Mathematics

Personal statement

Prior to working at The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology, I worked as an Engineering and Mathematics Lecturer at the Bedford College Group for thirteen years. While there, I had the opportunity to undertake multiple roles, including acting as the HE Course Manager. As part of my job role, I was responsible for overseeing curriculum content, assessment apparatus and general course administration. I also functioned as a Pastoral Tutor for apprentices undertaking undergraduate courses, supporting them to make consistent progress while managing their work-life balance. As part of a small team, I was also involved in the design and development of new BSc programmes in mechanical, electrical and electronic and mechatronics, in partnership with the University of Northampton.

My teaching specialism principally relates to engineering mathematics and mathematical modelling at undergraduate level, as well as other engineering subjects, including fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. My passion for teaching mathematics stems from its applications in real engineering problems. I strongly believe that, as an academic, it is essential to motivate, enthuse and influence students, as it is integral to fostering active engagement in learning, which in turn enables students to make progress in quantifiable ways. In practice, for me, this equates to showing students that maths is applicable in everyday life. I am careful to include this in my planning and delivery because I have observed that students consistently ask why we use certain theories and where they come from. Consequently, I endeavour to provide them with this underlying knowledge and demonstrate how these concepts/theorems are applicable within their frame of reference and beyond. I feel that this approach is fundamental to teaching mathematics successfully.

 

Why you chose to come to The Dyson Institute

The first thing that inspired me to come to The Dyson Institute was the goal to deliver a world class academic programme that encompasses invaluable work experience for students within Dyson. I was enthused by the opportunity to become part of a team that were collaborating to set-up a degree programme, one that would be distinctly different to traditional university degrees. In addition, Dyson itself is an innovative and forward-thinking company and I strongly believe that the degree apprenticeship at The Dyson Institute provides students with a tremendous opportunity to gain invaluable professional experience, as well as academic excellence. The beauty of this model is that students can apply their learning immediately through workplace rotations during term and group projects during the summer. The opportunity for students to develop themselves both professionally and personally is key to forming the next generation of engineers… I wish I had had the same experience in my first degree.

When I first visited the teaching spaces and labs, it was exciting to see that The Dyson Institute really cared about providing the best education to the next generation of engineers. The Dyson Institute is equipped with the latest technology, software and resources available, both on campus and online, with access to the latest research within Dyson where students will be given the opportunity to make vital contributions.

As for my own development, to be working for such an innovative and progressive company, the opportunities are endless. Since joining, I have learnt a great deal about the operational components that underpin a higher education institution. I was also thrilled by the chance to collaborate with other academics and engineers to design enriching programmes for developing future engineers.

 

Academic qualifications & professional memberships 

  • MSc in Mathematics, Birkbeck, University of London, 2018
  • Graduate Certificate in Mathematics, Birkbeck, University of London, 2015
  • Post-Graduate certificate in Post-Compulsory Education, University of Bedfordshire, 2010
  • BEng(Hons) in Aerospace Engineering, University of Hertfordshire, 2006 

 

Research & academic papers/outputs

  • I am currently exploring various avenues with the aim of conducting research in Mathematical Modelling