Final few months

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The Mathematical Sciences HE Curriculum Innovation Project, operated by the MSOR Network as part of the National HE STEM Programme will end on 31st July 2012. In these last few months there are several opportunities to engage with this activity and these are listed below.



1. Working groups

We are supporting working groups on the following topics:

– Work-related learning
How realistic is work-related learning at university, and how realistic should it be?
Do you deliver on, or are you involved in the development of, work-related learning modules in mathematics? This is an opportunity to discuss the appropriate content in such modules, in particular the extent to which realism in the world of work is achievable and also necessary. From this, we will form a consensus on suggesting key requirements for a work-related module, and subsequently jointly publish these findings in an ‘Engaging with employers’ booklet.
This group will hold its first meeting at the University of Salford 10am-12noon on 7th March 2012
Please email Edmund Chadwick if you would like to attend or to be informed about group activities.

– Group work
This project is looking at the advantages and disadvantages of group work used in Mathematics degree programmes especially in relation to students with Asperger’s Syndrome. Our aim is to build a community of academics that use group work for assessment and developing graduates’ skills. We realise that students with Asperger’s Syndrome may have difficulties participating in group work thus hindering them from accessing the benefits particularly in terms of graduate / employability skills development.
This group will hold its first meeting at the University of Bath on Tuesday 13th March from 11am – 3.30pm approx. There will an opportunity for all involved to share their thoughts and current practices.
Please email Noel-Ann Bradshaw if you would like to attend or to be informed about group activities.

– History of Mathematics in the HE Curriculum – contact Tony Mann

– Using Statistics Effectively in Mathematics Education Research – contact John Marriott

2. Workshops

The following workshops are arranged:

– Work-related Learning, University of Salford, Wednesday 7 March 2012

– Group Work, University of Bath, Tuesday 13 March 2012

– Media Enhanced Teaching and Learning – Dissemination Meeting, University of Nottingham, 24 April 2012

– Placements for Mathematics undergraduates, University of Greenwich, Monday 14 May 2012

– Being a professional mathematician, University of Greenwich, Tuesday 15 May 2012

Further workshops are being planned, including topics such as problem solving, social media and use of statistics in evaluating mathematics education development. Please keep an eye on the project events page for further details as they become available:

3. Seminars at your institution

Peter Rowlett is available to travel to your institution and deliver a seminar (at no charge) on work that has taken place under this project. These could be on one of a number of topics including the HE Curriculum Summit and its outcomes, developing graduate skills, disabled students accessing mathematics and techniques for making lectures more interactive. Please get in touch via if you would like such a seminar or to discuss topics in more detail.

4. Conferences

The CETL-MSOR Conference 2012 will take place from Thursday 12 July – Friday 13 July 2012. The Early Bird deadline for conference registration is 5th May 2012. Registration and further details are available via:

The National HE STEM Programme conference will take place from Tuesday 4th to Thursday 6th September 2012 at the University of Birmingham. Details:

5. Travel grants

We have a travel grants scheme available, designed to support individual travel either for a seminar speaker to share an innovative curriculum development or for members of staff from different institutions to discuss collaboration. You can get full information and a short application form via:

6. Further information

As this project enters its final phase please keep an eye on the website at and the project blog at for news from projects, upcoming events and publications.

Peter Rowlett
HE Curriculum Innovation Advisor, Maths, Stats and OR Network
School of Mathematics, University of Birmingham /


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