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Subjects Taught

Nicholas offers a FREE first / introductory lesson!


Hourly Rate
GCSE £40.00
A-Level £40.00
University £40.00
Casual Learner £40.00

Electronics / Electronic Engineering

Hourly Rate
University £40.00
Casual Learner £40.00

Entrance Exams

Hourly Rate
13 Plus £40.00
14 Plus £40.00
College £40.00
University £40.00
Casual Learner £40.00


Hourly Rate
A-Level £30.00
University £30.00
Casual Learner £30.00

Study Skills

Hourly Rate
Secondary £30.00
GCSE £30.00
A-Level £30.00
University £40.00
Casual Learner £40.00

Mechanical Engineering

Hourly Rate
University £40.00
Casual Learner £40.00

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Personal Description:

I'm a researcher and educator based in the Glasgow area, working in Computer Science, Mathematics, Theoretical Physics and interactions between. I worked at the maths outreach unit at Newcastle University there over the past seven years, where I've helped many hundreds of students to overcome mathematical difficulties across disciplines. I also consult on matters of a mathematical or statistical nature in the private sector and with other academic researchers.

I've just finished my PhD in algebra, and am correcting the thesis. This leaves me with a great deal of flexibility: most weeks, I'm available at a range of times, and I'm just as happy working to a regular appointment as to schedule in a more adaptive manner, and short-notice cancellations are seldom an issue. For your convenience, I also maintain a live, public feed of my diary online, so you can always see when I'm free before you get in touch to arrange or move appointments.

In my free time, I run, hike, climb, and I play and sing in several local ensembles ranging from an acoustic trio playing functions and weddings to a 30-piece jazz orchestra.

Tutoring Experience:

Privately tutoring mathematics, computer science and the hard sciences at GSCE (or equivalent, 2004–) and higher; consulting as a part-time tutor at the drop-in clinic at Newcastle University library (2013–2015).

Lecturing on computer programming for mathematicians at Newcastle University (2015, 2016) and academic publication using TeX (2016); teaching assistance on Bioinformatics taught master's degree programme (2014); assisted with organisation and teaching at Software Carpentry workshop at University of Manchester (2015).

Tutoring a wide range of undergraduate syllabi in:
- Mathematics (2007-8) at the University of St Andrews;
- Mathematics and Chemistry (2009–2011) at the University of Glasgow;
- Mathematics for Engineers (2010) at Glasgow Caledonian University;
- Computer Science (2013) and Mathematics (2011–) at Newcastle University;
- Courses on Mathematics (2014-15) at the University of York;
- Mathematics for Chemistry (2014) at the University of Bristol;
- Courses on Mathematics for Mechanical and Electrical Engineers (2014-2016) at Northumbria University.

Other relevant work experience includes mathematical and statistical consultation in academia (2012–) and in the private sector (2014), compiling lecture notes (2008–), publishing research in peer-reviewed journals (2011–), and teaching music theory and performance (2004–).

Tutoring Approach:

I provide a rounded approach to your development, with a special emphasis on presentation, the process of studying, and techniques to tackle the exam itself. I ask for a small daily commitment between sessions to completing exercises I set each week, and have designed a diary process that both of us participate in, giving you a sense of your progress day-to-day, week-to-week and overall.


- Consulting tutor guarantee: I am a consulting tutor, not a teacher. I provide a wide and deep expertise that allows me to give a better practical and theoretical context for technical material than a traditional teacher with a narrow focus.

- Referral: There are many reasons for a student needing to be referred to another tutor. If at any point in the course of tutoring you feel the need to change, I'll happily refer you to a qualified local colleague if there is one available.

- No obligation, no fee: The first session is free if it's closeby and can be arranged quickly. We'll meet up and you set the agenda; my time is yours ––––––––––– this might be an opportunity to break the ice or it could be a free lesson/consultation. The time I offer more than offsets your expenditure for my details, and I'll guarantee to refer you on if you're unhappy anyway.

- Rates negotiable: If I don't need to travel far (in particular, if you travel to me), and if the material is standard, so that I don't have to budget time to prepare for lessons, I'm able to offer a discount on the price stated on my profile. Just ask: if you can provide me details of the course, ideally with a link to teaching/assessment resources, then I'll check and will be happy to adjust my quoted rate if appropriate.

- Value for money: We'll discuss at the first meeting how much time you can commit to doing exercises between sessions, and I'll offer a regime of practice material that suits your development goals and your ability to commit to development, to help keep contact time to a minimum while maximising your development over the course of tuition.

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Native Language: English (British)
Additional Languages: English (British), French
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)


  • Newcastle University (2016) - PhD Mathematics (Doctorate) (✘ Not On File)
  • University of Glasgow (2011) - Work towards MSci(R), no award given - transferred instead to PhD program at Newcastle (Other) (✘ Not On File)
  • University of St Andrews (2009) - MMath (Masters) (✔ On File)

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