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Research Lead| PhD Research Supervisor in Statistics and Information Modelling SIM (C3RI)
Research Lead| PhD Research Supervisor in Stochastic and Control Engineering Modelling in Finance, Economics, Banking and Business STOCEM-FIEBB (MERI)

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Brief profile of Dr Patrick Oseloka EZEPUE, BSc, MSc, PhD, PgCBA, PgCLTHE, MEEUK, FNSA

Patrick has BSc (1st Class Hons), MSc in Statistics (with Distinction) from the University of Nigeria Nsukka, PhD Stochastic Modelling from the University of Sheffield, PgCert in Business Administration (Manchester Business School), and PGCLTHE (Sheffield Hallam University, UK). He is a Senior Lecturer in Statistics and Engineering, Department of Engineering and Mathematics, Sheffield Hallam University, (SHU, UK, www.shu.ac.uk); Research Lead | Director of Studies for the PhD Research Programme, Statistics Information Modelling and Financial Mathematics Research and Consultancy Group (SIMFIM), Faculty of Arts Computing Engineering and Sciences, SHU; a former Visiting Professor of Stochastic Modelling in Finance and Business, National Mathematical Centre (Abuja, Nigeria); and Director of Research, Innovation and Enterprise Development, African Higher Education & Research Observatory (AFRIHERO, UK), www.afrihero.org.uk, an affiliate HE charity and think tank of the SIMFIM Research Group, focused on transnational education in the Global South (Africa, Middle East, India, China, Asia generally, South America, for example). Patrick is also the Convenor/International Lead, Nigerian Mathematics, Finance, Statistics and Economics Research Consortium (NIMFSERC, www.afrihero.org.uk).

His academic vision is to offer world class corporate academic research, teaching and community services in the research and enterprise development clusters he leads; master relevant world systems, for example educational, economic and political systems, which generate challenging societal problems; and develop new kinds of academics, graduates and professionals, who are extraordinarily empowered to use multidisciplinary knowledge to resolve the problems, with creating, synthesising, responsible, and ethical mind-sets. In a nutshell, Patrick’s corporate academic model of cross-disciplinary research, teaching and consulting across the Triple Helix domains of academia, industry and government-based organisations, helps knowledge workers to transit from being ‘victims’ of some limiting myths of traditional academia to becoming sound, research-informed, effective ‘managers of our world’.

Dr Ezepue has published more than 50 articles in leading journals and conferences within his ken. He has supervised more than 20 MSc students, 8 PhD students and currently supervises 9 PhD students. A distinctive character of the PhD topics is they are structured and developed in a way that prepares them to be easy to spin off as academic enterprises. These publications and research supervision effort straddle seven core research and enterprise development (RED) clusters, which are listed below.

  • Stochastic Processes and their applications (SPA)
  • Statistical Modelling and Informatics (STAMINF)
  • Financial Mathematics (FIM)
  • Business Analysis and Data Science (BADS), including big data analytics, data mining, business intelligence, and computational modelling
  • Applied Mathematics and Operational Research (AMOR)
  • Quantitative Social Science (QSS), including development studies and informatics, applied social science research methods, data-driven crime analysis and evidence-based policing, political economy and anti-corruption score-carding, strategy electoral geography and political consulting, modelling global inequalities
  • Higher Education Research and Innovation (HERI) and the Pedagogy of Modelling and Mathematical Sciences (PEMMS).

 

Patrick has a keen interest in developing synergistic relationships among academic research, cogent solutions to related societal problems via consulting and community services, teaching, wider capacity building (short courses, CPD, level-differentiated certificates, diplomas and PT/FT MSc, PhD degrees), in a way that seamlessly blends the contributions of academic and non-academic faculty in SIMFIM. This interest enables Patrick to generate third-stream income from multiple paths and to set stretch income targets, exemplified by: a target of £5m in research grants and consulting revenue by 2020, driven by the SIMFIM research and enterprise development clusters; particularly a flagship Business Analysis and Data Science Practice (estimated to generate some £1m income annually from private and public sector clients); an average annual PhD | Visiting Researchers fees income of about £90,000 targeted to increase to at least £200,000 by 2020, through research cluster-based short courses, foundation postgraduate courses, doctoral training colloquia, and summer schools; and a global data analysis and research support services for graduate students and researchers, including research methods and data analysis workshops, fully piloted and about to be rolled out as part of SIMFIM-Afrihero consulting engagements (estimated income £50,000 a year, to increase to £100,000 by 2020).

Patrick has corporate academic consultancy, KTP and CPD experiences including: a KTP project to enhance the marketing performance of an info-media firm (2007, £67,000);  a University Associate LTA Fellowship to research the topic Towards a Model of Academic Excellence and Entrepreneurship in Teaching and Research (2005-07 value £8000); two University Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund (TQEF) grants (2005, £4000); a Research-Consultancy Report on 'Construction Industry Statistics System (CISTATS) Performance Review’ for the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), UK (2004, value £16,000); and a British Council Grant for UK-Nigeria Partnership Development in University-Industry Collaboration in Financial Services Research and Curriculum Innovation (2004, value £2000).

External profile/academic esteem

Selected elements of academic esteem, public talks and events

  • Invited Speaker in the 2017 Contemporary Mathematics and the Real World Conference, May 23-25, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Member, Time Series Econometrics Specialized Team, Computational and Financial Econometrics Network, the largest research-led global network of academics in these topic areas, http://CFEnetwork.org.
  • Co-Convenor and Key Facilitator, annual International Symposium on Mathematics, Statistics, Computing, Finance, Economics and Business, the first run of which is the International Symposium on Mathematical and Statistical Finance, 1-3 September 2015, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Invited Speaker on the topic: Higher Education Research-Teaching Excellence, Engaged Scholarship, and High-Impact Socio-Economic Development: Special Focus on Nigeria. A Public Lecture organised by the Centre for International Education (CIE), University of Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria, 12-15 May, 2015.
  • Convenor of the Nigerian Mathematics, Finance, Statistics and Economics Research Consortium (NIMFSERC), with a focus on using interdisciplinary knowledge to develop highly skilled and motivated graduates in quantitative financial risk management, empirical finance, and financial engineering, through sustained university-industry collaborations in mathematical sciences, business and finance disciplines;
  • Academic Mentor, Sheffield University Postgraduate Apprenticeship Scheme for training graduate students in the Faculty of Social Sciences on development-focused entrepreneurial and wider academic skills, 2015
  • Invited Lead Speaker, Symposium on Research Institute-University-Industry Collaboration in Mathematics Finance and Economics, 8th Pan African Congress of Mathematicians, National Mathematical Centre, Abuja FCT, Nigeria, 1-7 July, 2013;
  • Invited Chair, Working Group on Repositioning Postgraduate Programmes and Member, Communiqué Drafting Committee, at the Second Meeting of Professors of Mathematics and Heads of Mathematics Departments in Nigerian Universities, held at the National Mathematical Centre, Abuja, FCT, 2012;
  • Convenor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Mathematical Sciences Research Groups (MSRG, 2007);
  • Key Facilitator for a workshop on Academics, Graduates and Professionals as Entrepreneurs held at the National Universities Commission (NUC, Nigeria), the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and the University of Uyo, Nigeria, 2011;
  • Invited Special Paper Presenter, Third Annual Conference of Libyan PhD Students on the topic: Getting the Libyan Giant to Achieve Pre-Eminence in Higher Education and Socio-Economic Development: The Role of the Global Intellectual Diaspora, June 12, 2010, Sheffield Hallam University, UK;
  • Key Plenary Speaker and Seminar Facilitator on Strategic Leadership and Governance for Senior Leaders from Africa, London School of Economics (LSE), UK, 2009;
  • Invited Key Paper Presenter of the topic A Model-Based Approach to Knowledge Management and Capacity Building in Developing Economies at the 2009 International Conference on Knowledge Management Africa (KMA 2009), Dakar, Senegal, May 3-8, 2009;
  • Member, Special Interest Group (SIG) on Enterprise and Employability, Centre of Excellence in Teaching & Learning, SHU; experience gained from the SIG informs Patrick’s doctoral research supervisions and transnational education programmes, aimed at skills-based entrepreneurial curricula in higher education disciplines, 2009;
  • Invited Lead Speaker at the First Chike Okoli International Conference on Entrepreneurship, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria, February 19-21, 2008;
  • Invited Keynote Speaker on the topic The Meta-Heursitics of Global Financial Risk Management in the Eyes of the Credit Crisis: Any Lessons for Modelling Emerging Financial Markets? at the International Conference on Mathematical Modelling of Global Challenging Problems, National Mathematical Centre, Abuja, Nigeria, 26-30 November, 2008;
  • Invited Speaker on the Science Engineering and Technology (SET) Commission of the 2007 African-Caribbean Diaspora Conference, London.