Andrew completed his BSc degree in Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh in 2006, and went on to study a PhD in algorithmic number theory at the University of Bristol, under the supervision of Prof Jonathan Pila. He graduated in 2010, with a thesis entitled Computing the factors of the cyclotomic polynomial.
He then went on to study a PGDE in Secondary Education at the University of Edinburgh, and taught mathematics in secondary school for 3 years, and then in further education for a further 4 years.
Andrew joined the Open University in 2014 as an Associate Lecturer (AL). During his time as an AL, he has taught at all levels: on MU123, MST124, MST125, MST224, M337, M823 and M836.
Andrew became a Staff Tutor in 2018, and Deputy Associate Dean (Academic Excellence) in 2021. He is currently the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead for the School of Mathematics & Statistics, and maintains a strong interest in External Engagement and Outreach.
Andrew is interested in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in STEM, and, in particular, in mathematics and its history in society. His interests in the scholarship of teaching and learning include:
Andrew has been a member of the following module teams:
Andrew contributes regularly to outreach and external engagement activities such as Maths Week Scotland. He particularly enjoys running workshops and designing activities on codebreaking and cryptography.
Virtual internships in open and distance learning contexts: Improving access, participation, and success for underrepresented students (2023-05-14)
Butler, Diane; Reid, Kristen; Comfort, Catherine and Potter, Andrew
Distance Education ((Early Access))