Robin read for a BA in Mathematics at St Edmund Hall, matriculating in 2004.
- What do you do now?
I teach Mathematics at an independent school in West London, where I also write the school timetable and coordinate our students' applications to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
- What success in your life are you most proud of?
Surviving finals (although I was quickly brought back down to earth when the first thing I did afterwards was fall down the stairs of the Exam Schools and twist my ankle).
- What has been your biggest career challenge so far?
The constant challenge is to inspire pupils who don't think that they are very good at Maths, or who have little interest in the subject. Thankfully, most of them seem to enjoy it more by the end of the year.
- What's the best thing about your current role?
The students I teach are wonderful young people, and if I make things interesting for them when I sell them the mathematical ideas I'm passionate about, they generally think that the ideas are pretty exciting too. Except when I have to teach Cumulative Frequency diagrams - no amount of gloss can make that exciting.
- Do you describe yourself as a mathematician?
I describe everyone who walks into my classroom as a mathematician, so I suppose I would have to include myself in that.
- What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Playing guitar and piano, singing in choirs, going to the theatre, seeing friends and family, crosswords, indie board games.