Michael Grove NTF, FIMA

Michael Grove

School of Mathematics
Reader in STEM Education

Contact details

School of Mathematics
Watson Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Michael Grove is a Reader in STEM Education within the School of Mathematics where he teaches mathematics to undergraduate students and researches issues relating to learning and teaching in higher education.  He is a National Teaching Fellow, the UK’s highest award for teaching and learning within higher education, a Fellow, and Honorary Secretary with responsibility for education of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

Since 2006 he has received grant funding totalling over £26million, including £24miillion from the Higher Education Funding Councils for national activities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. He has also published numerous academic works including research papers, book chapters, books and articles.

Within the School of Mathematics he is currently (2018) Deputy Head of Education, and from the start of 2019/20 academic year, he will be taking over as Head of Education.


Reader in STEM Education:

  • MSc Astrophysics, Queen Mary, University of London
  • BSc(Hons) Physics with Astrophysics, University of Birmingham
  • National Teaching Fellow (2014)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications


Current teaching duties within the School of Mathematics:

  • Year 1: Mathematical Modelling and Problem Solving (1MMPS).
  • Year 2: Mathematics in Industry (2MI).
  • Year 3: Research Skills (3RSM)
  • Year 4: Supervisor of MSci student projects.

Other activities

Michael has worked national and internationally on a range of learning and teaching activities including:

  • Current member of the Mathcentre team, the UK’s online mathematics support centre.
  • Current member of the Committee of the Heads of Departments of Mathematical Sciences.
  • Current member of IMA (Institute of Mathematics and its Applications) Council and Executive Board.
  • Currently Visiting Associate Professor at University of Leeds within the Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences.
  • Sub-Group Lead and Member of Horizons in Physics Education (HoPE) Network funded under the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union (2013-2016).
  • Editor of the Higher Education Academy funded book Transitions in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (2015).
  • Former member of the Department for Children, Schools and Families/Department for Business, Innovation and Skills ‘STEM High Level Strategy Group’ and National STEM Centre ‘STEM Lead Organisations Group’.
  • Member of 2007 QAA Subject Benchmark Group for Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research.


Recent publications


Grove, M, Croft, A (ed.), Kyle, J (ed.) & Lawson, D (ed.) 2015, Transitions in Undergraduate Mathematics Education. The Higher Education Academy.


Grove, M & Good, C 2019, 'Approaches to feedback in the mathematical sciences: just what do students really think?', Teaching Mathematics and its Applications. https://doi.org/10.1093/teamat/hrz013

Grove, M, Croft, T & Lawson, D 2019, 'The extent and uptake of mathematics support in higher education: results from the 2018 survey', Teaching Mathematics and its Applications. https://doi.org/10.1093/teamat/hrz009

Lawson, D, Grove, M & Croft, T 2019, 'The evolution of mathematics support: a literature review', International Journal for Mathematical Education in Science and Technology. https://doi.org/10.1080/0020739X.2019.1662120

Grove, M, Mac an Bhaird, C & O’Sullivan, C 2019, 'Professional development opportunities for tutors of mathematics learning support', MSOR Connections, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 4-15.

Grove, M & Croft, T 2019, 'Learning to be a postgraduate tutor in a mathematics support centre', International Journal of Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 228-266. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40753-019-00091-8

Grove, M, Guiry, S & Croft, T 2019, 'Specialist and more-able mathematics students: understanding their engagement with mathematics support', International Journal for Mathematical Education in Science and Technology. https://doi.org/10.1080/0020739X.2019.1603407

Grove, M, Croft, A, Lawson, D & Petrie, M 2019, 'Community perspectives of mathematics and statistics support in higher education: the role of the staff member', Teaching Mathematics and its Applications, vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 43-59. https://doi.org/10.1093/teamat/hrx017

Grove, M, Croft, A, Lawson, D & Petrie, M 2018, 'Community perspectives of mathematics and statistics support in Higher Education: building the infrastructure', Teaching Mathematics and its Applications, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 171-191. https://doi.org/10.1093/teamat/hrx014

Grove, M, Mackenzie, H, Tolley, H, Croft, A & Lawson, D 2016, 'Senior management perspectives of mathematics and statistics support in higher education: moving to an ‘ecological’ approach', Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, vol. 38, no. 5, pp. 550-561. https://doi.org/10.1080/1360080X.2016.1196932

Collis, H, Ridyard, C, Grove, M, Dyson, R & Good, C 2015, 'Examining Peer Assessment Methods Amongst Undergraduates: A Student Review', Education in Practice, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 18-23.

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Grove, M & Kyle, J 2014, Enquiry into Learning and Teaching in Mathematics and Engineering. in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Disciplinary Approaches to Educational Enquiry. SAGE Publications, pp. 126-145.


McLinden, M, Grove, M, Green, J & Birch, A 2019, Developing and embedding inclusive policy and practice within higher-education institutions. in K Křčmář (ed.), The Inclusivity Gap. Inspired by Learning, Aberdeen, pp. 160-176.


Sangwin, C & Grove, M 2005, 'STACK: addressing the needs of the "neglected learners"' Paper presented at Proceedings of the WebAlt Conference, 1/01/05, pp. 81-95.

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