Dr Karen Wicks

Senior Lecturer in Applied Education Studies

Karen Wicks

I joined the University in 2006 and since then my main responsibilities have been on the BA (Hons) Applied Education Studies course working as a senior lecturer and course coordinator.

Currently, my main teaching responsibilities focus on leading and teaching on the mathematics education and research methods units as well as undergraduate dissertation supervision.

Prior to joining the University, I worked in both primary and middle school settings in the UK, including a role as head of mathematics, and spent a year teaching in the United States on a Fulbright Teacher Exchange programme.

Tackling anxiety in primary mathematics teachers - book cover

I have also worked within local authority provision, supporting schools in the development of mathematics teaching as part of the National Numeracy Strategy roll-out in 1999.

Within my research, I have a particular interest in supporting adults to overcome anxiety in the teaching and learning of mathematics, and I have published a range of research in this area.

I am also interested in the role technology has to play in supporting learning.

Other References


  • EdD - University of Warwick
  • MA in Mathematics Education - Institute of Education, University of London
  • BEd (Hons) Mathematics and Physical Education - University of Warwick
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Member of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics

Teaching Expertise

  • Mathematics Education
  • Mathematical Problem Solving
  • Research Methods
  • Research supervision

Research Interests

  • Mathematics education
  • Addressing mathematics anxiety in adults
  • Use of technology to support learning


  • Joint book project to address the needs of those who are anxious about mathematics yet must teach the subject at an elementary/primary level
  • Joint paper on exploring the use of virtual learning environments to support teaching and learning.

External Roles

  • External Examiner at University of Cumbria (2020 to date)
  • External Examiner at University of Worcester (2016 to 2020)
  • PhD examiner at Staffordshire University (2021)


  • Wicks, K (2021) Tackling anxiety in primary mathematics teachers, St Albans: Critical Publishing
  • Wicks, K (2018), Challenging the fear: a framework for addressing anxiety in adults
  • learning mathematics. Peer reviewed research proceedings for BCME 9, University of Warwick
  • Wicks, K. (2014) An exploration of adults' perceptions in identifying strategies to support them in learning mathematics as they embark on an undergraduate degree course in Applied Education Studies. EdD Thesis, University of Warwick.
  • Wicks, K. (2014) Changing Attitudes: undergraduate perceptions of learning mathematics in Pope, S. (2014), Proceedings of the 8th British Congress of Mathematics Education 2014, pp. 359 – 366
  • Wicks, K. (2011) 'Starting Points' in Mathematics Teaching 223, pp.7-9

Conference Presentations

  • Wicks, K (2021) Tackling anxiety in primary mathematics teachers: A framework to support teacher educators. Paper presented at the TEAN Conference 2021 (online)
  • Wicks, K (2018), Challenging the fear: a framework for addressing anxiety in adults learning mathematics. Paper presented at BCME 9, University of Warwick
  • Wicks, K. (2016) Strategies to support undergraduates in learning mathematics education on an Applied Education Studies degree course. Paper presented at BERA (2016), University of Leeds
  • Wicks, K. (2013) A change of attitude? Exploring undergraduate perceptions of learning mathematics. Paper presented at ALM 20: Critical Moments in Adult Mathematics, University of South Wales

Contact Details

T: +44 (0)1582 489003
E: karen.wicks@beds.ac.uk
Location: Putteridge Bury campus (please email for appointment)

Our Tweets: @UoB_TE