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Mr Brian Bonney BA, BSc, MSc, PGCE

Postgraduate research student

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Brian Bonney BA BSc MSc PGCE is a Postgraduate research student (part-time) within Mathematical Sciences at the University of Southampton

I am a part-time student, having retired in 2007 from a lengthy career in lecturing and Project Management work in Colleges of Further Education (1966 – 1994), and in administrative and qualifications development work with two national Awarding Bodies (City and Guilds of London Institute, and Edexcel, 1995 – 2007).


BSc Special Hons in Zoology with Ancillary Chemistry  – University of London King’s College (1962 – 1965)

Postgraduate Certificate in Education – University of Nottingham Institute of Education (1965 – 1966)

BA (Hons) First Class – The Open University (Jan 1972 – Dec 1978), by part-time correspondence.  All Units studied were in Pure or Applied Mathematics

MSc in Mathematics with Applications – Brunel University (1979 – 1981)

Research interests

Emergence of spontaneous order in Complex Biological Systems, and in particular the use of Network theory  in the modelling of the functioning of Gene Regulatory Networks.

PhD research

Main Supervisor – Prof Tim Sluckin

Second Supervisor – Associate Professor Ben MacArthur

I am in process of writing an MPhil Thesis entitled ‘Progress in the Mathematical Modelling of Developmental Processes in Biological Systems, since the Publication of On Growth and Form by D’Arcy W. Thompson’ (in 1917).

Research group

Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Affiliate research group

Institute for Life Sciences, University of Southampton

I do not currently teach, but before my retirement in 2007, I had taught from 1966 to 1988, lecturing in sciences and mathematics to a range of academic and vocational courses in six Further Education colleges around the country.  I also took on managerial roles during this period, and from 1989 – 1994 I undertook regional and national Project Management roles funded by the Training Agency, and Department of Education and Science.

From May 1995 to Dec 2007 I worked for two large national Awarding Bodies (City and Guilds, and Edexcel) in the administration and development of vocational qualifications.

This career path has given me a commitment to lifelong learning, which is reflected in the fact that I continue as a student myself, even in retirement from full-time work.

Mr Brian Bonney
Building 54 Mathematical Sciences University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 54/5007

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