Good questions

I am thinking about meetings we could run next academic year. I would like to run a series of (semi-)working meetings to answer specific questions. These would look to draw together people who’ve done work in an area to present different approaches, debate relevant issues and try to establish good practice cases. A successful meeting could result in a short report or a findings booklet.

My question is: What are some questions, relevant to mathematical sciences HE in England and Wales, that would be good to answer? What issues come up in your teaching or assessment that you wish you had more information on or a good answer for?

I am not so interested in nebulous topics that we would only be able to scratch the surface of in a one day or half day meeting, but in more specific questions. I go to a lot of meetings where a multitude of issues are presented, lots of ideas are hinted at and questions are left hanging at the end of short presentations. I’m interested in whether we could explore some of these hanging issues and questions more fully in a more focused meeting.

Please make your suggestions in the comments below.

If you work for a HEFCE- or HEFCW-funded institution and would be interested in getting involved with a meeting around your question please say when you suggest a question so or email me You might be interested in attending a meeting if one is organised or even in helping arrange one. We would pay for running the meeting and publishing any resultant booklet. Helping run a meeting at your institution would just mean booking a room and catering, while we would do registrations etc. You might get involved in suggesting speakers.

My project is directed at England and Wales HE. If you are outside of this remit please still feel free to contribute questions.

I think by doing this we could produce a series of reports on specific questions that would be useful to future maths and stats lecturers beyond the life of the National HE STEM Programme.


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