David Bedford is a Senior Lecturer in mathematics at Keele University. As well as teaching pure mathematics to undergraduates, he teaches A level further maths and is an A level examiner. He is particularly interested in the counter-intuitive and paradoxical results which maths sometimes throws at us, some of which will be presented in his talk. He has a great love of mathematics which he likes to inflict on as many people as possible.

“Much of my recent work has been in the area of Mathematics Education. I am an Associate of the Further Maths Support Programme and manage the Keele Further Maths Centre; this involves teaching A-Level Further Mathematics to Sixth Form students from local schools and colleges. I am an examiner and coursework moderator for OCR.

I am involved in a variety of outreach activities designed to enrich student learning and hopefully inspire students to study mathematics further. These range from Royal Institution masterclasses for Year 8 pupils all the way up to talks for A-Level students.

Most of all I am interested in ideas in mathematics; if you come across anything which you think I may find interesting then please share it with me.”

Graduate Destinations for Maths:

A degree in maths provides a useful foundation for a wide range of technical professions.

Employers and Roles include:

  • Accountancy & Professional Service
  • Computer Games Programmer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Teacher
  • Actuarial analyst
  • Actuary
  • Forensic accountant
  • Operational researcher
  • Research scientist (maths)
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Statistician
  • Stockbroker

Typical Employers:

  • Accountancy & Professional Service
  • The Actuarial Profession
  • Banking – Investment Banking
  • Banking – Retail Banking
  • Computing & IT
  • Engineering Sciences
  • General Management
  • Operational research
  • Postgraduate Study – MSc & Taught Courses
  • Postgraduate Study – PhD
  • Teaching

Employment Stats:

  • Destination Percentage
    Employed 56.5
    Further study 22.8
    Working and studying 8.2
    Unemployed 7.7
    Other 4.9
    Graduate destinations for mathematics
    Type of work Percentage
    Business, HR and financial 41.8
    Information technology 10.6
    Secretarial and numerical clerks 8.9
    Education professionals 8.5
    Other 30.2