Dr Rachel Long

Principal Lecturer and Programme Lead for the Mathematical Sciences

I initially came to Oxford Brookes as a mature undergraduate student with a background as a programmer, having worked on projects as diverse as statistical calculations for the Potato Marketing Board, banking applications and cash point software in the Czech Republic, and property retail systems for a chartered surveyor. Graduating with a first class Bsc (Hons) in Mathematics and Statistics, I then completed a PhD in Mathematics, in the area of computational number theory. My thesis, entitled The Algorithmic Solution of Simultaneous Diophantine Equations, was supervised jointly by Dr. Catherine Hobbs at Oxford Brookes University and Prof. Roger Heath-Brown of the University of Oxford. Despite my research being in an area of pure mathematics, I enjoy discovering how mathematics can be used in a diverse range of application areas.

I have worked at Oxford Brookes since September 2000 when I became a Lecturer in Mathematics and Statistics, and I am currently Principal Lecturer and Programme Lead for all programmes in the Mathematics subject area.

Memberships (and affiliations):

  • CMath FIMA – Chartered Mathematician and Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
  • Member of the London Mathematical Society

Professional Activity

  • External Examiner at the University of the West of England
  • Member of the Academic Board at Oxford Brookes University
  • Primary Reviewer for the Higher Education Academy's National Teaching Fellowship Scheme

Teaching interests:

Since 2000, I have taught on a wide range of modules in mathematics, statistics, computing and engineering programmes.

Current teaching includes:

  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Graph Theory
  • Applied Algebra
  • Engineering Mathematics

Research interests:

  • Computational number theory, pedagogy


Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Oxford Brookes University
Wheatley Campus
United Kingdom