Department/institution: Director of NRICH, President-Elect of Mathematical Association 2019-20
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Dr Ems Lord is Director of NRICH, the mathematics outreach project based at the university's mathematics faculty. NRICH focuses on developing rich mathematical tasks for children aged 4 to 18. Her current research focuses on the impact of the mathematics outreach support offered by the University of Cambridge to schools and their pupils and students.
Ems joined the NRICH team from the University of Northampton where she led one of the country's largest Mathematics Specialist Teacher (MaST) Programmes. Ems has taught mathematics across all the key stages, from Early Years to A Level Further Mathematics, and has worked in a variety of settings including a hospital school and as a university tutor for trainee BEd and PGCE teachers. Her experiences led to her interest in mathematics education, focusing on gender issues. Ems completed her Masters degree at her local teaching training institution, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln. She successfully applied to complete her doctoral study at the University of Cambridge's Faculty of Education, researching gender differences in approaches to written calculations for her doctoral studies.
Ems is a Foundation Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching, a Chartered Mathematics Teacher and President-Elect of the Mathematics Association. Her role at NRICH involves working closely with the mathematics subject associations and Ems is a member of the Joint Mathematical Council, the London Mathematical Society, the Association of Teachers of Mathematics, the Mathematics Association, the National Association of Mathematics Advisers and the British Society for Research in Learning Mathematics. Ems makes regular contributions to their various mathematics teaching journals and contributes towards their conference sessions, including keynotes and workshops.
In her spare time, Ems is an enthusiastic real tennis player and enjoys the proximity of Clare Hall to the University's real tennis courts.