Academic Staff

Tim Low

Office: PD Hahn 5.56
Tel: +27 21 650 4301

Research Interests: Mathematical & Statistical Education; Soft Operations Research

Position: Senior Lecturer in Mathematics & Statistics for the Education Development Unit

Courses Taught

  • MAM1110H – Mathematics 1010
  • STA1100S – Statistics 1000
  • MAM1112 -- Mathematics 1012
  • STA2020F -- Business Statistics

Biographical Information

Academic qualifications:

MSc/PGCE in Mathematics - Oxford University; Linacre College - 2004-2005 MSc (Econs) Operational Research - London School of Economics & Political Sciences - 1993-1994 BSc (Hons) Decision Analysis - University of Hertfordshire - 1990-1992 HND in Quantitative Methods for Business - Hatfield Polytechnic - 1988-1990

Previous UCT experience: Appointed as a Temporary Lecturer in the Department of Statistical Sciences in 1994, Lecturer in 1995 on a three year contract, and permanent Lecturer in June 1996. Promoted ad hominem to Senior Lecturer in 2003.

Teaching experience:

Employed by UK Dept for Education as a Fast Track Teacher in 2004

(Fast Track Teaching was an accelerated leadership programme designed for classroom teachers in the early stages of their careers, who demonstrated the potential to rapidly progress into senior leadership positions.)

Worked as a Mathematics Teacher in Cheney School, Oxford during 2004/5 & 2006/7 and Patchway High School in 2005/6.

Society Membership: British Operational Research Society

Association of Teachers of Mathematics, UK


Avid runner, running for Pinelands Athletic Club in Cape Town & Thames, Hare & Hounds in London. Completed 92 Marathons/Ultra Marathons!

Research Interests

Current research interests - work in progress:

1) Does technology improve the learning & understanding of Secondary School Mathematics?

2) Should matric results determine University entrance?


  • Kuanda, L & Low, T 1998. Growing our Own Timber. South African Journal of Higher Education 12 (3)
  • Stewart TJ Joubert A Scott L and Low T 1997. Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis: Procedures for Consensus Seeking in Natural Resource Management. Report to the Water Research Commission.

Conference Proceedings

  • Low, T (2004). Using WebCT to improve the learning experience. Proceedings of the Africa WebCT Conference, Stellenbosch, South Africa.