Chief Executive Officer

Dr Katie Chicot

I am passionate about the MathsWorldUK project. Tackling mathematical problems and encouraging
others to engage with mathematical investigations are the cornerstones of my work.

I have used all sorts of means of communicating mathematics, including co-creating the series
Patterns of life for the Open University’s YouTube channel, captaining the OU’s team on BBC2’s Beat
the Brain, participating in Facebook events and, more seriously, as academic consultant to BBC Radio
4’s More or Less.

My most recent venture is the creation of a maths/brain teaser app called Perplex, which is available
on the App Store and Google Play. This was collaboration with the UKMT, with whom I have worked
for many years.

My Open University work is a unique educational role. It has allowed me to be involved with projects
like the Bridge2Success Gates project to create an online mathematics learning resource. The aim of
this project was to overcome one of the major hurdles to returning to college education, namely the
maths entrance test. It was nominated for the education-portal.com People’s Choice Award for
‘Most Interactive Resource (2012)’. It received Honourable Mention and won category in the Center
for Digital Education 2012 Best of the Web/Digital Education Achievement Award. This project was
awarded the Maryland Distance Learning Association’s `Program of the Year’ award at their annual
conference.

My research interests straddle Logic and Combinatorics. In particular, I have worked with
automorphism groups, the Small index property and transitivity properties all with respect to infinite
designs.

I give talks in schools and also at teachers’ conferences. My principal aim is to make mathematics
accessible and engaging. It is my hope that the non-formal work of MathsWorldUK, through the
development of hands-on interactive mathematics exhibits, will bring to the public an understanding
and appreciation of mathematics that is often lacking in the more formal atmosphere of the
mathematics classroom. Above all, I hope that the visitors to our exhibits will come away wanting to
return again and again because they have had a most enjoyable time discovering something about
mathematics through their interactions with the exhibits.