I recently visited the University of Salford for the first in a series of seminars given by speakers from industry to students on a module run by Edmund Chadwick and supported by a grant from the Mathematical Sciences HE Curriculum Innovation fund under the title ‘Assessing student teams developing mathematical models applied to business and industrial mathematics’. The speaker was a former PhD student of Edmund’s who now works for DSTL on aircraft stealth from heat-seeking missiles. She gave an unclassified description how she uses mathematics in various aspects of her work and took questions from the students. I also discussed his project and the wider National HE STEM Programme with Edmund and observed an initial meeting between the academic advisor and a student project team.
Here is Edmund’s description of his project:
Seminars from guest speakers on a spectrum of mathematical applications used in industry are to be presented to the undergraduate mathematics cohort. A case study requiring the development of a mathematical model will be presented. Students will each have a specific role within a group that will arrange meetings themselves and also with an academic adviser. A variety of assessments and methods will be used to assess business-like team-focussed attributes. This information will then be collated by the module coordinator who will draw conclusions of interest for wider dissemination.
Edmund has kindly agreed to contribute a session on this project and the wider involvement of employers in curriculum at Salford to a workshop we are organising in November, ‘Embedding Graduate Skills in Your Mathematical Sciences Programme‘.
You can hear Edmund describing his project by listening to the second episode of the Mathematical Sciences HE Curriculum Innovation Project Podcast: