Michael Grove is inaugural Director of the University of Birmingham's STEM Education Centre and former Director of the National HE STEM Programme, a three-year initiative across England and Wales with a remit to enhance the way universities recruited students and delivered programmes of study within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics disciplines within higher education. He was also Assistant Director of the former Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Mathematics Statistics and Operational Research and was responsible for developing the HEFCE funded moremathsgrads initiative in 2006 which sought to address the (then) issue of the decline in students studying the mathematical sciences within higher education. In 2013 he was appointed as Associate Director of the UK's sigma national mathematics and statistics network.
A physicist by background, Michael works on issues relating to learning and teaching within higher education and teaches mathematics to undergraduate students from a range of disciplines; he is also responsible for the University's Mathematics Support Centre. His teaching interests include supporting students at the transition to university particularly in relation to non-specialist learning of mathematics, the teaching of mechanics, enhancing modelling and problem solving skills, and supporting the professional development of new academic members of staff and part-time teachers where he also works on the University of Birmingham's Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice. He co-leads, a national programme of activity to promote and encourage scholarship, evaluation and research in learning and teaching within the STEM disciplines in higher education through the @STEMPedR network.