Professor Dame Celia Hoyles DBE, OBE, PhD, FIMA
Celia was awarded a first class honours degree in mathematics from the University of Manchester and holds a masters and doctorate in mathematics education. She taught mathematics in London schools before moving into higher education. She became a professor at the Institute of Education, University of London in 1984. She was inspired by the vision of using digital technology to open access to mathematics. She has published widely and worked constantly to change the public face of mathematics, by for example co-presenting a popular TV mathematics quiz show, Fun and Games between 1987 and 1990.
Celia has received many awards: first recipient of the International Commission of Mathematics Instruction (ICMI) Hans Freudenthal medal in 2004, and of the Royal Society Kavli Education Medal in 2011. She has received Hon Doctorates from the Open University, Loughborough University, Sheffield Hallam University and University of Bath. In 2016, she received the Suffrage Science award for Communications in acknowledgement of her scientific achievements and ability to inspire others especially women into mathematics.
Celia has given policy advice in mathematics as Chair of the Joint Mathematical Council of the United Kingdom 1999-03, founder member of the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME) 2002-4, and the UK Government’s Chief Adviser for mathematics, 2004- 07. Celia works frequently with young people in schools and colleges and is consistent advocate for mathematics-specific teacher professional development. She served as the Director of the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM), 2007-13. Celia was President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) (2014-15). Celia was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2004 and a Dame Commander in 2014.