Dr Poh Wah Hillock

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Science
+61 7 336 53337


I am a teaching focused academic in the School of Mathematics and Physics (SMP). I obtained my PhD in Pure Mathematics from the University of Adelaide in 1996. My thesis was in the area of Convex Sets with Lattice Point Constraints. After my PhD, I worked as a mathematics lecturer at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, for a period of 3 years.

I have extensive teaching and administrative experience at the secondary-tertiary interface. Prior to my PhD, I taught senior high school mathematics in Singapore. As head of the mathematics department, I led a team of 20 teachers and oversaw the delivery of the senior high school mathematics curriculum for over 2000 students. In my current role as lecturer and coordinator of large first year mathematics courses, I have led and implemented course improvements. These include the development of a comprehensive range of graded learning resources for key first year mathematics courses and specific initiatives to address the secondary-tertiary mathematics transition. One such initiative that has been especially rewarding is the Support Learning Tutorial (SLT), an intervention program that I designed and implemented to support at-risk first year students. To date, more than 600 students have attended the SLT. These students have consistently outperformed the general cohort in pass rates and quality of results. My SLT work has been recognised with two UQ teaching excellence awards and one national teaching award. Another significant initiative which I have led is the MATH1051 (Calculus and Linear Algebra I) Blended Learning Project. This project introduced changes to the delivery of MATH1051 in 2019, through the integration of online and high-value on-campus activities. A key innovation is the creation of a complete set of videos for MATH1051 and the implementation of collaborative workshops.

Research Interests

  • First year mathematics support
    Effective programs to support vulnerable students in first year mathematics
  • Special topics in first year mathematics
    Teaching and learning of special topics in first year mathematics, e.g. series, power series, vector spaces.
  • Blended learning in first year mathematics
    Effectiveness of hybrid models in the delivery of first year mathematics.
  • Remote learning in first year mathematics
    What works, what doesn't and strategies for improving student outcomes.
  • Building Community in First Year Mathematics


  • Diploma in Education, National University of Singapore
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Adelaide


  • Hillock, Poh Wah (2021). Collaborative workshops in a large first year mathematics course. 2021 Student Transitions, Achievement, Retention and Success (STARS) Conference , Online, 5-9 July 2021. Online: Jason Thomas Events .

  • Hillock, Poh Wah and Ponce Campuzano, Juan Carlos (2021). Course redesign for flexible delivery and increased engagement. Herenga Delta Conference 2021 , Online, 22-25 November 2021.

  • Hillock, Poh Wah (2020). Amazzzing bees!. Australian Mathematics Education Journal, 2 (3), 41-44.

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Available Projects

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Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

  • Hillock, Poh Wah, Roberts, Anthony, Grotowski, Joseph, Jennings, Michael, Kavanagh, Lydia and Scharschkin, Victor (2013). A mathematics support program for first year engineering students. Brisbane, QLD Australia: School of Mathematics and Physics, The University of Queensland.

  • Hillock, Poh Wah, Roberts, Anthony, Grotowski, Joseph, Jennings, Michael and Scharaschkin, Victor (2012). Developing a profile of student performance in large classes. Brisbane, QLD Australia: School of Mathematics and Physics, The University of Queensland.

  • Awyong, Poh Wah (1996). Convex sets with lattice point constraints. PhD Thesis, Department of Pure Mathematics, The University of Adelaide.

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.