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Maths Learning Centre (MLC): Meet our Team

Meet the team

Hi,

We are all specialists at working with students from across the University to help develop proficiency and confidence in maths and statistics . This includes, undergraduate, postgraduate and research students, who are studying full-time, part-time or by distance learning.  

We come from a wide range of academic and teaching backgrounds and our combined experience means we are able to offer support to students from all faculties within DMU.

In particular, we recognise that many students did not have the opportunity to develop their skills before starting their HE programmes of study and may feel overwhelmed by the level of maths and statistics required for their course. We pride ourselves in helping to improve their understanding and become more confident, independent learners. 

Feedback from our students shows that we are very approachable, patient and friendly.

Together we form the Maths Learning Centre and are based in the Kimberlin Library here at De Montfort.

You can contact us using the email below:

​E: mlc@dmu.ac.uk

Karen Symons

Karen Symons 

I help students with Maths-related queries during tutorials and drop ins.

In addition, I work closely with Engineering staff to support ENGZ0001, ENGD1101, ENGD1102 modules; with Nursing staff to support all years of the Nursing programme; with Midwifery staff to support all years of the Midwifery programme and with Pharmacy staff to support the PHAR1701 module.

I also work alongside the Careers team to support students prepare to pass Numerical Reasoning tests which are often needed when applying for placements, progression onto further study and for employment.  

I have huge experience of working with students who sometimes need a different way to understand maths or are not feeling very confident. I like to think that my aim - for all students to feel supported and to succeed -  is reflected in my welcoming, open manner and patient, positive approach.

Lorraine Curotto

Lorraine Curotto

As well as supporting any DMU student through drop-ins, tutorials etc, I will also be contributing to teaching the first year Engineers, Foundation Computing, Computer Games Programming, Computer Science and also running Statistics workshops for Business Economics.

Before coming to DMU in January 2022, I taught Maths and Statistics in schools and Sixth Forms across Leicestershire. It’s been really interesting, and in some cases surprising, to discover the courses across the University which rely on an understanding of GCSE or A level Maths. I can see how the style and pace of teaching at the University is very different from that in schools and colleges.

I have enjoyed broadening my own maths knowledge, including learning about decibels from the Audiologists and NEWS and PEWS charts from the Nurses. It has also been very satisfying to see statistical theory being put into practice through the many research projects and dissertations we help to support.

Rosemberg Toala-Enriquez

Rosemberg Toala-Enriquez

I help students across all DMU with their Maths-related queries during tutorials and drop ins. In addition, I provide Math support workshops for Engineering Math II (ENG1102) and Business Economics (BBEC1002).

I obtained my PhD in Mathematics from the University of Warwick where I specialised in Maths and Physics. There, I was a teaching assistant and tutored undergraduate students. After finishing my PhD, I was a lecturer for Maths and Engineering undergrads in Mexico. Now, at DMU, I collaborate closely with the Engineering Department, supporting students in topics such as Algebra, Differentiation, Vectors, Differential Equations, Mechanics, and more. 

Laura McFarlane

Laura McFarlane

I am a Statistics support lecturer in the Maths Learning Centre.

I help students with their statistics queries, supporting both undergraduates and postgraduates from a range of different disciplines.  I specialise in practical statistics and provide several workshops to help students understand and apply statistics to their studies, research projects and when critiquing the literature.  I also assist students who need support with data analysis, using programmes such as SPSS, Minitab and Excel. 

Originally, I studied Biology, graduating with a BSc in Biology and then a PhD. This is when I developed an interest in using statistics to answer research questions.  After completing my PhD at the University of Leeds, I taught Sport Science students, gaining experience in helping students with their data analysis and dissertation write-ups.