John Ballantyne




I graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2005 with a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics. After a couple of years working and travelling, I moved to the University of Manchester to gain an MSc and then PhD in Pure Mathematics in 2011. I remained at the University of Manchester, undertaking research and lecturing for a number of degree programmes, before moving back to the Highlands (I’m originally from the Black Isle) in 2016 to take up my current post at Inverness College UHI as a lecturer in mathematics.


Although I now mainly focus on teaching, when I have time I still like to undertake research. I specialise in the subject of Group Theory – this concerns algebraic structures known as “groups”, which describe symmetries of mathematical objects.  This research has resulted in a number of publications in academic journals.


Other professional experience

I’m the Technical Editor for the academic journal Computer Physics Communications.

I was one of the authors of the CfE Advanced Higher Maths Student Book (2017, Leckie and Leckie).


Other interests

When I’m not at work you’ll probably find me on the golf course!