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Maths Learning Centre (MLC): Meet our Team

Karen Symons

Karen Symons

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

My background in Maths Education is varied.  I started my career as a Secondary Maths teacher (in London and Hertfordshire) before moving onto writing Maths curriculum and assessment resources, training teachers (at Nottingham) and teaching at a local FE College (Loughborough). 

I have particular expertise with Nursing & Midwifery students and first year Engineering students – for whom I run workshops.  I also specialise in supporting students prepare to pass Numerical Reasoning tests which are often needed when applying for placements, progression onto further study and for employment.  

Lorraine Curotto

Lorraine Curotto

I am a Maths and Statistics Support Lecturer in the Maths Learning Centre.

I began my teaching career in the North East of England and have come to DMU via teaching positions in Scotland, Derbyshire and Leicestershire. My experience is predominantly in Sixth Form Colleges and Secondary schools where I taught Maths and Statistics from Numeracy to A level. I have also taught on Access and Adult Education Courses and been an examiner for Edexcel. I have an MA in Learning and Teaching where I researched why so many students struggle with Maths at school.

My expertise is in building confidence and expertise in those students who have previously struggled with maths or did not have the opportunity to develop their skills before starting on their HE programmes of study.

Rosemberg Toala-Enriquez

Rosemberg Toala-Enriquez

I am a Lecturer in Maths support in the Maths Learning Centre.

I specialise in Maths and Physics, having obtained my PhD degree in Mathematics from the University of Warwick where I worked on General Relativity. At Warwick, I was supervisor of 1st year Maths students, tutoring them through their main courses. Then I moved to Mexico where I was a lecturer for Maths and Engineering undergraduates.

Now, at DMU I support students in all Maths-related subjects. I collaborate closely with the Engineering courses, covering topics such as calculus, matrices, vectors, complex numbers, differential equations, transforms and mechanics.

Laura McFarlane

Laura McFarlane

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

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.

At DMU 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. 

MLC Contact Details

You can contact us using the email below:

​E: mlc@dmu.ac.uk