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Mike Grannell


Mike GrannellI am a Visiting Research Professor and an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics within the Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology at the Open University.

The postal address is: Department of Mathematics and Statistics, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, U.K.

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My research area is combinatorics, in particular block designs and Steiner systems.

Career summary

I graduated in 1967 from Imperial College with a B.Sc. (Hons class I) in Mathematics, and subsequently obtained my Ph.D., also from Imperial College, in 1970. For two years I worked as an investment analyst and for a further two years as a school teacher before moving in 1974 to Preston Polytechnic (now the University of Central Lancashire) as a lecturer in Mathematics. While at Preston I worked in a variety of roles, in particular as Programme Coordinator and as Examinations Officer for Combined Studies, as a designer of the credit accumulation scheme, and as acting Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. I was awarded a University Professorship in 1993. During my time at Preston, I undertook research work in combinatorics in partnership with my colleague Terry Griggs, as well as educational projects both in Combined Studies and within Mathematics. I also undertook consultancy work for a local engineering company. My main teaching activities were in mathematical methods, analysis and combinatorics.

Terry Griggs and I took early retirement from Central Lancashire in 1997 and subsequently joined the Open University in 1999 as Research Fellows. Here we joined the active Combinatorics Research Group. I have published over 100 papers in refereed journals since 1999, many being joint with Terry and several being joint with other OU colleagues. In addition, Terry and I produced the 30-point M.Sc. module M836 (Coding Theory) which has run very successfully since 2002.

In March 2008 I retired from my full-time post and I am now a Visiting Research Professor and an Emeritus Professor of the University.
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