Staff profile

Dr Ovidiu Bagdasar

Associate Professor in Mathematics

A head shot of Ovidiu Bagdasar




College of Science and Engineering


School of Computing, University of Derby Online Learning

Research centre

Data Science Research Centre




Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



I am an Associate Professor in Mathematics. This means that most of my time is spent between research, teaching, and visits to international partners. In collaboration with colleagues, students, and technology companies, I developed numeracy training to help university students and staff, enterprises, communities, and international partners.  

My goal is to fulfil the vision of “a world where everyone enjoys maths”.

As an academic with extensive experience and innovative classroom practice, my focus is on Learning and Teaching, supported by impactful Research and Internationalization.

I am the Turing Scheme Lead for the School of Computing and lead the Vretta maths support project.

Motto: "The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one." (M. Forbes)

Teaching responsibilities

My teaching is informed by research in theoretical and applied mathematics, and current issues in mathematical education like the numeracy gap and maths anxiety. I have led various UG and PG modules, including: 

With Vretta Inc., in 2020 I developed automatically generated exams, graded, and provided full solutions and feedback.

Advance HE Learning and Teaching 2021:
Centre for Excellence blog:

Professional interests

Academic interests

Key projects 

Research interests

Number theory, Recurrence Sequences, Dynamic Geometry, Optimization, Computational Mathematics, Mathematical Education 

Contributions to the Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences: 

Membership of professional bodies




Recent conferences

Invited lectures and seminars

Conference presentations and posters


Invited speakers (selection):

Experience in industry

2018: Maple (Mathematical Education Software – now deployed at the University of Derby for developing E-Assessment in Maths)

2018: Vretta – Numeracy skills platform. 3 Pilot projects deployed at the University of Derby starting from September 2018.

2017: IPEC Alba Iulia (Ceramics coloring project)

2017: UPN (Logistics, Maths Group Project at University of Derby)

2014: Bosch Thermotechnology (VSM - Value Stream Mapping)

International experience

New Erasmus+ links

Erasmus+ visits

Erasmus+ guests

Erasmus PhD students

Research stages

Conference Organisation

Additional interests and activities

Personal Interests

Music, Reading, Theology, Sports

In the media


I am actively promoting mathematics through LinkedIn ( and Twitter ( Together with students and Marketing, we have designed the Maths@Derby brand, which aims to make Maths at Derby visible to the wider public through

Numeracy and problem-solving training

I have also developed numeracy training resources, courses and case studies: 

Research in the media 

The research work on Mafia networks has reverberated in the press and led to numerous articles and interviews.

Our papers on this topic sparked significant interest from scientific newspapers and magazines

Internal news articles on international visits or academic activities 

Recent publications


Journal articles

Conference papers

Open Questions and Symposium papers: