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Prof Dame Celia Hoyles
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  • Chair of Mathematics Education
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

1964- 67       BSc Hons, Mathematics cl.1 (Manchester, awarded Dalton Prize)
1969- 71       PGCE (London, distinction)
1971- 73       MEd (London, distinction)
1975-80        PhD (London)

1967-72        Teacher & head of Mathematics in London schools
1972-84        Senior Lecturer then Principal Lecturer Polytechnic of North London
1984-            Professor of Mathematical Education, Institute of Education, University of London
2002-04        Dean of Research, Institute of Education, University of London
2004-07        Chief Adviser for Mathematics to U.K Government
2007-13        Director of the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics


  • First recipient of the International Commission of Mathematics Instruction (ICMI) Hans Freudenthal medal in 2004 for excellence in research.
  • First recipient of the Royal Society Kavli Education Medal in 2011 for excellence in research. 
  • Hon Doctorate of Philosophy, the Open University; Hon Doctorate of Science, Loughborough University; Hon Doctorate of Sheffield Hallam University (Hon DUniv)
  • Canotta Distinguished Visiting Fellowship in Mathematics Education, University of Hong Kong,
  • Visiting Professorship at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and the National Institute of Education, Singapore.
  • Foreign Fellow of the Union of Bulgarian Mathematicians.
  • She was the UK Government's Chief Adviser for mathematics (2004- 07), and the director of the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (2007-13).  She was President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)  (2014-15).
  • Celia was awarded an OBE in 2004 and made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2014.She is an Academician of the Social Sciences (AcSS). She was a Distinguished Visitor, Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education, San Diego State University

1979-84    Member, Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA)
1983-87    Member, International Committee of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME)
1984-86    President, British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics, (BSRLM)
1994-99    Member, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Research Grants Board
1999-03    Chair, Joint Mathematical Council of the United Kingdom   
2002-04    (Founding) Member, Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME)
2006-09    Member, Executive Committee of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction
2008-16    Member, European Mathematical Society (EMS) Committee for Mathematics Education
2013        President, Mathematics Section of the British Science Association
2014-15   President, the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)
2014-       Member, Advisory Board for the new Interactive Gallery, Science Museum
2014-       Member, Advisory Board for the new Mathematics Gallery, Science Museum

2018-      Member of the Academic Board, National Centre for Computing Education 

Languages spoken

  • French (basic)

Research Groups
Research Summary

ΩMajor research interests are: secondary students' conceptions of proof, the mathematical skills needed in modern workplaces and the design computer environments to engage students in learning mathematics.

1983-86    The Logo Mathematics Project (Leverhulme Trust)
1986-89    Microworlds Project: A Computer-Based Programme for Secondary Mathematics  (ESRC)
1988-89    Peer Group Discussion in a Computer Environment (Leverhulme Trust)
1988-92    Groupwork with Computers (ESRC, Inter Programme)
1988-92    Computer-Based Modelling Across the Curriculum Project (UK Training Agency)
1992-93    Data Handling for Years 5-6: Teachers and Pupils as Research Designers (Nuffield  Foundation)
1992-96    Visualisation, Computers and Learning Mathematics (ESRC)
1993         The Design of Computational Media to Support Exploratory Learning (NATO, Advanced Research Workshop)
1995-98    Justifying and Proving in School Mathematics (ESRC)
1995-98    Towards a Mathematical Orientation through Computational Modelling (ESRC, ROPA Research Award)
1999-2003  Longitudinal Study of Mathematics Reasoning (ESRC)
1998-2001 Animated Playgrounds for Learning (ESPRIT, EU Information Technologies)
2001-02    Mathematics Skills in the Workplace (Science, Technology & Maths Board)
2001-03    WebLabs new representational infrastructures for e-learning (EU, IST programme)
2003-06    Techno-mathematical Literacies in the Workplace (Teaching and Learning Programme, TLRP, ESRC)
2004-06    Developing Research-Informed Materials in Mathematical Reasoning for Teachers (QCA/DfES)
2006-07    Enhancing and Assessing Complex Reasoning through Models and Modeling:  UK-US Collaborative Research  (NSF/ESRC)
2007-11   MiGEN: Intelligent Support for Mathematical Generalisation  (EPSRC/ESRC, TLRP-TEL)
2008-11   UPMAP: Understanding Participation rates in post-16 Mathematics and Physics (ESRC)
2010-14   Cornerstone Mathematics: Introducing mathematics innovation embedding technology, design research and scaling up   (Li Ka Shing Foundation)
2013-14    A Computer-enhanced Package for Learning School Algebra (ESRC)
2014–17   ScratchMaths: supporting computational and mathematical thinking through programming (Education Endowment Fund)
2014-16    Developing teachers’ mathematical knowledge for teaching through computer-embedded activities (Nuffield Foundation)

Teaching Summary

•    Sutherland, Rosamund. 1988
•    Robins, Keith. 1989
•    Bamfield, Moira Catherine. 1989
•    Evans, Richard. 1991
•    Garnier, Rowan.1992
•    Dowrick, Nicholas. 1992
•    Ursini-Legovich, Sonia. 1994
•    Magina, Sandra. 1994
•    Morgan, Candia Ruth. 1995
•    Correia Dias, Angela Alvares. 1996
•    Gomes Ferreira, Veronica Gitirana. 1997
•    Anakwue, Festus Onyeama. 1997
•    Morais de Lira, Ana Karina. 2000
•    Healy, Siobhan (Lulu). 2002
•    Chua Boon Liang, 2014

•    Ali Simsek 2021

•.   Piers Saunders (in progress)

•.   Miracule Gavor (in progress) 

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