Lambert, Jonathan

Student Support

Mathematics Development and Support Officer


Key Responsibilities at NCI

  • Jonathan's time at the National College of Ireland has seen him head the development of the college's Mathematics Support Service. The primary goal of Jonathan's work is toward the removal of mathematics as a barrier to progression, for our students, within third level education. The support provided through Jonathan's service is primarily around service mathematics and in particular, mathematics relevant within the fields of Business and Computing.
  • Jonathan's role also includes managing a facet of the college's Student Support Unit, providing support to up to 4000 students, which includes: Mathematics Development and Support; Student Retention; Medical Services and Support for Learning and Teaching. Key to this function, Jonathan manages the Student Support annual budget, overseeing the day-to-day financial requirement of Student Support.


  • PhD (incomplete), Computer Science 2005-2009, National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Thesis title: 'An abstract framework for Virtual Machine Analysis'. Keywords: Java Virtual Machine, Symbolic Program Execution, Synthetic Benchmark Generation, Application Runtime Prediction, Static Program Analysis, Dynamic Program Analysis.
  • BSc (Double Honours), Mathematics and Computer Science 2001-2005. Thesis title: 'Stack optimisation of the Java Virtual Machine'. Subjects: Probability Theory; Statistics; Differential/Integral Calculus; Linear Algebra; Group Theory; Ring and Field Theory; Number Theory; Cryptography; Metric Space Topology; Differential Geometry; Galois Theory; Numerical Computation; Complexity Theory; Operating Systems; Computer Architecture; Compilers; Programming Languages [Java, C, C++].

Academic Experience

  • Associate Lecturer, School of Business, National College of Ireland. September 2010 - present (4 years, 2 months). Lecturing in: Quantitative Analysis; Management Information Systems.
  • Associate Lecturer, School of Computing, National College of Ireland. September 2008 - May 2010 (1 year, 9 months). Lecturing in: Data Structures and Algorithms; Object Oriented Programming; Databases; Operating Systems.
  • Lecturer, NUI Maynooth. September 2005 - May 2009 (3 years, 9 months). Lecturing in: Object Oriented Programming; Data Structures and Algorithms. Teaching Assistant within the Computing fields of: Compilers; Complexity Theory; Discrete Mathematics; and Undergraduate Programming.

Research Interests

  • Jonathan's current research area is around Student Access, Progression and Retention within Higher Education. With the research focusing on identifying the overarching factors that influence student engagement and academic performance. Leveraging these factors from data on student prior academic performance; student institutional commitment; student access route to Higher Education; grant and maintenance exposure; student programme of study, and associated modules; programme academic performance; student attendance; student socio-economic background; catchment areas; student uptake of student supports, academic and non-academic; student participation through students union; and finally, student participation outside the educational confines.


  • Recipient of the National College of Ireland President's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in 2014. 

Research Publications

Published International Journal Articles

Conference Papers 

Pamphlets and Books



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