Matthew Westaway completed an MMath at the University of Warwick from 2012 to 2016. In his final year, he completed a research project which was subsequently published in the Journal of Algebra. He graduated with a First in 2016, but he remained at the University of Warwick for postgraduate study.
From 2016 to 2020, he completed a PhD in Warwick under the supervision of Drs Dmitriy Rumynin and Inna Capdeboscq. During his PhD, he completed 6 research papers, individually and with collaborators, 4 of which have been published and 2 of which are currently being reviewed at journals. He graduated in 2020, after submitted his thesis entitled 'Modular Representation Theory of Algebraic Groups and Their Lie Algebras'.
He started a research fellowship at the University of Birmingham in 2020, working with Dr Simon Goodwin on the subject of representations of Lie algebras and W-algebras in positive characteristic.
In 2021, he was awarded a research fellowship by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 for a project entitled 'Simple representations of modular Lie algebras,' which he has held at the University of Birmingham from October 2021.