Sam Marsh, University Teacher

University of Sheffield

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I am a University Teacher in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sheffield, and also Senior Vice-President for the University of Sheffield branch of the University and College Union, and national negotiator for UCU on the USS pension scheme. In normal times, I can be found in room G9 of the Hicks Building.

About me

I've been at the University of Sheffield since 1999, first as an undergraudate then as a PhD student of Neil Strickland. Since 2009, I have been employed by the School of Mathematics and Statistics in a teaching-focussed role.

I was part of a team which introduced a flipped approach to our Level 1 engineering teaching in September 2013, based around videos and active small-group sessions. The implementation was highly successful, and resulted in a Senate Award for Collaborative Activities from the University of Sheffield and a runner-up place in the Teaching Excellence category of the 2015 Guardian University Awards.

I am also interested in developing a broad skills base for our students, and was involved in the creation and subsequent delivery of our Mathematical Investigation Skills module, which introduces first-year students to programming, web-design and mathematical writing, and has proven to be popular and well-received.


In the 2018-2019 academic year I am involved with the following courses.

Autumn Semester

Spring Semester


Materials from my recent talks can be found below.

Papers and related materials can be found below.

Interview Brainteasers

If I interviewed you at an open-day and left you a brainteaser or problem to think about, then look below for a reminder of the problem and the solution.

Things of interest

Union activities

I am the communications officer for Sheffield UCU, previously holding the role of pensions officer. You can find letters I wrote to Times Higher Education and some videos I made regarding the USS valuation below.

Contact Details

Dr Sam Marsh
Room G9, Hicks Building
Telephone: 0114 2223792 (internal extension: 23792)