About me

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Born in London to an English father and a Hungarian mother, I studied mathematics at the University of Bath, completing my MMath degree in 2006. In May 2011 I completed my PhD at the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Professor Andrew Ranicki. My thesis is in a branch of topology called Knot Theory and is about studying a special class of knots called slice knots which have interesting 4-dimensional properties. I am also passionate about trying to convince as many people as possible about the beauty and amazingness of mathematics, a task which I attempt with the help of my sheep Haggis.

Currently I am the Mathematics Engagement Officer at the University of Edinburgh and do a variety of things, including undergraduate lecturing, public lectures, masterclasses, research engagement, alumni relations and website development.

Get in touch

Mail: University of Edinburgh School of Mathematics
Room 6315, James Clerk Maxwell Building
Peter Guthrie Tait Road
Edinburgh, EH9 3FD
Phone: +44 131 650 5842
Email: Julia.Collins@ed.ac.uk