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p.c.baker@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472979


  • Sep 2015 to present - Senior Lecturer in Applied Mathematics (Full Time), Department of Engineering and Technology, School of Computing and Engineering, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield.
  • Sep 2009 to Jan 2012 - Lecturer (0.4 FTE) in Mathematics, Doncaster College, Doncaster.
  • Sep 2007 to Jun 2009 - Visiting Lecturer (5 hrs/w), Doncaster College, Doncaster.
  • Sep 2002 to Aug 2015 - Senior Lecturer (0.6 FTE), Department of Informatics, School of Computing and Mathematics, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield.
  • Jul 1999 to Aug 2015 - Managing Director of Lotos Counselling Ltd, Based at my own address in Lincolnshire, but also practising in Sheffield and Brigg (N.Lincs). Workload varying from zero to 1 day per week.
  • Apr 1988 to Aug 2002 - Senior Lecturer (Full time), Department of Mathematics and Statistics, School of Computing and Mathematics, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield.
  • Sep 1987 to Mar 1988 - Senior Lecturer in Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, St Mary’s College (now University), Strawberry Hill, Twickenham.
  • Sep 1984 to Aug 1987 - Lecturer I in Mathematics and Computing, Cricklade College, Andover, Hampshire.
  • Oct 1982 to Aug 1984 - Lecturer I in Mathematics and Computing, Cricklade College, Andover, Hampshire.

Research and Scholarship

My doctoral thesis was centred on the flow of droplets of supercooled water (freezing fog) around obstacles, specifically building components. It was required to predict the deposition of ice upon these objects. It was this ice accretion which led to the collapse of Emley Moor mast. Methods used included the then novel Boundary Integral Method.

I have also had dealings with Dislocation Theory and Finite Element Methods in relation to Stress Analysis and Fracture Mechanics, mainly in connection with the nuclear industry, modelling the stresses around growing cracks in nuclear pressure vessels.

I Have also undertaken study and supervision in the areas of groundwater contamination and river pollution, using finite element and other mathematical modelling techniques.

I have an interest in all types of application of computational mathematics, including heat transfer, aerodynamics, groundwater flow, stress analysis, and electrostatics.

Current research is focussed on the design and analysis of an ecologically sound hull for boats on inland waterways. Such a hull consumes less fuel, produces less backwash and does less harm to banks and the wildlife whose habitat they are.

Research Degree Supervision

I am currently seeking an able PhD student to advance research in the design, analysis and testing of an eco-hull for narrowboats using inland waterways, principally canals and navigations in the UK. A suitable candidate would be well versed in computational fluid dynamics and would have, or be willing to acquire, a working knowledge of boats and the terminology of boating.

Current opportunities

Postgraduate research opportunities with Dr Paul Baker


MSc by Research

Teaching and Professional Activities

Foundation Maths NPM4005

Advanced Energy Systems NHM2405