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Biographies of members of the Derby Cathedral School Governing Body
Professor Peter J. Larcombe
Peter is the founding Professor of (Discrete and Applied) Mathematics at the University of Derby, having been appointed to the position in 2013. He holds a 1st Class (Special Honours) BSc degree in Mathematics and a PhD in Applied Mathematics, both awarded by the University of Hull in the 1980s. He has lived in Derby for 25+ years, and published well over 100 technical papers mostly within the broad area of discrete mathematics.
As well as holding past responsibility for all Mathematics undergraduate programmes at the University, he has led on various activities designed to promote the subject in schools and colleges locally - he also offers 'taster' sessions, and co-ordinates some promotional events. Peter sees his role as acting as an ambassador for this core discipline through his combined teaching, outreach and research efforts.
In addition to regular research he has interests in some of the wider aspects of mathematical endeavour, having published peer reviewed essays on the positive role of exposition in mathematics, the unsung writing ability of some mathematicians, the emotive nature of research and publishing, the aesthetics of mathematics in research and teaching, the notion of mathematical genius, journal article standards, and links between mathematics and painting. He has also written informal Blog pieces, for the HE national flagship magazine Times Higher Education, on some current issues in the tertiary sector.
Peter acts presently as External Examiner at Edge Hill University for the BSc degree in Computer Science and Mathematics, and also at Liverpool John Moores University for the BA degree in Mathematics and Education Studies. He has co-organised and chaired the University of Derby's first ever mathematics conferences on Theoretical and Computational Discrete Mathematics (TCDM 2016 and TCDM 2018, run biennially), and he is the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications Academic Representative for the University.
His eldest daughter was a member of the Cathedral Girls’ Choir for a number of years, and as a choir parent he was valued for his supportive input to, and critical eye for, cathedral matters. Peter has just joined the small University Faith in Science group, which explores this theme and welcomes public debate on it.
Given that the twin specialisms of the Cathedral School are Mathematics and Music, his presence on the school governing body will bring subject specific knowledge and broader experience in education as a supportive governor who has made the city of Derby home for himself and his family.