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Dr Susan Pawley

Profile summary

Professional biography

Dr Susan Pawley is the Deputy Academic Lead for Scholarship, and Director of eSTEeM, the STEM centre of scholarship and innovation, she is also a Senior Lecturer and  Staff Tutor.  She joined the Open University as an Associate Lecturer in 2005 and working on many Level One and Applied Mathematics modules, in 2014 she became a Staff Tutor.  She has a BSc in Mathematics and Engineering and a PhD in Theoretical Mechanics from Nottingham University.

Research interests

Susan's research interests focus on student support.  Recent projects include:

  • Supporting students with maths anxiety within the STEM Faculty at The Open University.
  • Maximising online tutorial attendence at mathematics tutorials.
  • Supporting students with prparing for remote exams.
  • Supporting the student's learning journey throught the transition of mathematics and statistics from level 1 to level 2 and from level 2 to level 3. 
  • Supporting students preparing for OU study in mathematics with an online study site. 

Teaching interests

Susan is a module team member of MST124 Essential Mathematics 1 having previously been chair for a number of years.


The new normal: What does maths and stats support and teaching look like post pandemic? (2024)
Pawley, Susan and Neate, Andrew
MSOR Connections, 22(1) (pp. 69-75)

The effect of scheduling on attendance at synchronous online support tutorials in mathematics (2022)
Pawley, Susan
MSOR Connections, 20(2) (pp. 69-81)

Bridging the study gap: Provision of support for mathematics students during breaks in study (2018)
Pawley, Susan and Hughes, Chris
New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, 13(1)

Self-similar behaviour in the coagulation equations (1999-08)
Davies, S.C.; King, J. R. and Wattis, J. A. D.
Journal of Engineering Mathematics, 36 (pp. 57-88)

The Smoluchowski coagulation equations with continuous injection (1999)
Davies, Susan; King, John R. and Wattis, Jonathan A. D.
Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General, 32(44) (pp. 7745-7763)

Providing asynchronous online rapid assessment-related support (2024-06)
Pawley, Susan; Thomas, Claudi and Brown, Cath
In: Ubachs, George and Meuleman, Stefan eds. The Envisioning Report for Empowering Universities (pp. 31-33)
Publisher : European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU)