About

Tom is a tutor at St Hugh’s College, St Edmund Hall and St John’s College at the University of Oxford where he teaches maths to the first and second year undergraduates. He also runs this award-winning website and associated social media profiles on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube @tomrocksmaths. Current partners include the BBC, the European Mathematical Society, the Journal of Fluid Mechanics and Oxplore – Oxford University’s digital outreach portal.

As part of his role at St John’s, Tom holds the position of Access and Outreach Associate for STEM helping to run the Inspire Programme which aims to encourage pupils at non-selective state schools to apply to top universities in the UK via application workshops and academic taster sessions.

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Tom previously worked for the Naked Scientists – an award-winning production company that specialises in broadcasting science news internationally via the radio and podcasts – where he could be frequently heard talking all things science and maths on BBC Radio 5 Live and ABC Australia. This led to the creation of ‘the Naked Mathematician’ and the ‘Equations Stripped’ series where Tom strips back some of the most important equations in maths – and himself – layer-by-layer so that everyone can understand…

Tom completed his PhD in applied maths at the University of Cambridge in 2016, where he conducted experiments looking at where river water goes when it enters the ocean. You can read more about his PhD thesis – explained in simple terms – here. Before that, Tom spent four years studying maths at the University of Oxford and was recently interviewed by the Oxford Alumni Voices podcast about his time there. Tom has in fact been featured in several publications, all of which can be found on the profiles page. When not misbehaving with numbers Tom can be found playing football, snowboarding and pretending he’s a rockstar. He currently has 6 maths-themed tattoos including the Navier-Stokes equations, the platonic solids and the first 100 digits of the number e…

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