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Dr Timothy Walton

Lecturer in Applied Mathematics
School of Natural Sciences

Tim teaches across a range of disciplines, broadly developing mathematical skills for their application to real-world problems. This is informed by his scholarly activities where Tim, utilising his background in physics, applies advanced mathematical techniques to understand a range of physical phenomena. Tim is also an Associate Fellow of the HEA, a member of the Institute of Physics and a member of the London Mathematical Society.

Tim's research applies modern geometrical and analytical techniques to explore many different physical phenomena. These include both an understanding of the largest objects in our Universe (astrophysical jets) as well as effects at the nanoscale (quantum-induced electrodynamic stresses). Tim's work has been highlighted by the Institute of Physics, Europhysics News and even inspired a local poet!

Tim completed his PhD within the Industrial Mathematics and Gravity Group at Lancaster University where he investigated the effects of electromagnetic fields on elastic material with applications to the study of rapidly rotating neutron stars and novel particle accelerators. He remained in Lancaster as a Research Associate and was involved with a number of diverse projects during his time there. These include modelling laser-plasma interactions in order to help develop a novel table-top accelerator; exploring quantum-induced electromagnetic stresses with relevance to nanotechnology; and, as part of the Cockcroft Institute, understanding the dynamics of laser pulses with applications to quantum encryption. After developing a passion for teaching, Tim accepted a Lecturer position at the University of Bolton in the Department of Mathematics and delivered a broad range of material from advanced topics for mathematicians to applied mathematical methods for engineering students. In September 2021 Tim joined the University of Central Lancashire as a Lecturer in Applied Mathematics where he utilises his experience of teaching mathematics to specialists and non-specialists to deliver courses within the School of Natural Sciences, contextualising the material using his own research activities.

Tim has spoken (and been an invited participant) at several national and international conferences, and acted as a local organiser to an international conference: GCM7 (the Seventh International Conference on Geometry, Continua and Microstructure). Furthermore, as a keen public speaker, Tim enjoys delivering seminars in mathematics and physics to a host of different audiences. He has addressed GCSE, A-level and undergraduate students, as well as retirees with an interest in STEM subjects through the U3A (University of the Third Age). He has also been involved in numerous outreach activities including an arts/science festival in Kings Cross, London; doing science stand-up comedy event at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester; and taking part in a science 'slam' pairing scientists with local poets as part of the Manchester Science Festival.