Dr Jacqueline Smith (Jackie) has been teaching applicable mathematics for the University of Birmingham as a class teacher and/or as a part-time visiting lecturer for over 40 years. Her early research interests were in the Health Services (local community provision and child developmental screening) and in methodology in general, but now she specializes in teaching. She especially enjoys overcoming the difficulties involved when teaching students who have a disability, or a problem with mathematics.
When the University of Birmingham wished to offer a foundation year for international students who did not yet have the entry requirements to study for a degree, Jackie was picked to set up and develop the new ‘mathematics’ course for the Arts, Social Sciences and Law Pathway for the then Birmingham Foundation Academy, now the Birmingham International Academy. She has lectured and taught seminars for this mathematics course called ‘Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics’ since the beginning of the foundation year; for the September entry students from 2012, and for the January entry students from 2015.
Jackie has also wide experience in the field of work, including the Civil Service, the Health Services, industry, and voluntary work.
One of Jackie’s achievements is that she was the first Lady Chairman of the Invariant Society, the mathematics society of the University of Oxford.