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Three sessions for the National HE STEM Programme Conference

I have just heard that three sessions I proposed for the National HE STEM Programme Conference (4-6 Sept 2012) have been accepted.

This means I will be contributing:

Perhaps I will see you there.

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Invitation: Mathematics Group Work and Asperger Syndrome

The following announcement about a meeting of our working group on ‘Group work’ on 13th March in Bath is being circulated. Please pass this message along to colleagues who may be interested.

Subject: Invitation to working group meeting, 13th March: Mathematics Group Work and Asperger Syndrome

Dear All,

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.

Our first meeting will be held 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. Speakers will
include Barrie Cooper (University of Exeter) on group work in
mathematics and Daniel Aherne (National Autistic Society).

Please contact Noel-Ann Bradshaw (n.bradshaw@gre.ac.uk) and Emma Cliffe
(E.H.Cliffe@bath.ac.uk) if you would like to attend the meeting at Bath
on 13th March, are interested in attending a subsequent meeting at
Birmingham or contributing to this work in any other way.

Please pass this message along to colleagues who may be interested.

Kind regards,

Emma Cliffe and Noel-Ann Bradshaw

Instant feedback: University of Greenwich Maths Careers afternoon

This project has supported Noel-Ann Bradshaw (University of Greenwich) through the mini-project Maths Careers: Greenwich Graduates where are they now? Drawing on experience from Manchester reported in our Developing Graduate Skills booklet (ed: Jeff Waldock, Sheffield Hallam), the University of Greenwich Maths Careers afternoon planned to enable current maths undergraduates to hear first-hand from recent graduates how and when to apply for jobs and what different careers entail.

The Greenwich Maths Careers afternoon took place yesterday. This morning I received the following email from Noel-Ann Bradshaw providing some quick feedback on the event. With Noel-Ann’s permission, I am sharing this here as a piece of instant feedback. A full report will follow on completion of the project.

In addition, Greenwich lecturer Tony Mann tweeted this morning: “So proud of our maths graduates who spoke yesterday about their high-flying careers. #makesitallworthwhile


From: Noel-Ann Bradshaw
Sent: 16 February 2012
To: Peter Rowlett
Subject: FW: Thank you!

Just thought you might like to see this that I sent to speakers and staff this morning.

Very grateful to HE STEM for funding this – it would not have happened otherwise!

NA

Subject: Thank you!

Dear All,

Just to say a big thank you to you all for coming and speaking at yesterday’s event ‘Maths Graduates: where are they now’. I am very grateful to you indeed and we certainly couldn’t have done it without you!

I have had a brief look at the feedback from students and the comments are incredibly positive. This is certainly something that I think we need to consider repeating. About 60 maths students attended – the majority of these were 2nd years.

Once again thank you so much and, where appropriate, please pass on my gratitude to your companies for allowing you the time to come and speak.

Kind regards,

Noel-Ann

Group Work Working Group

We are supporting a working group on group work this semester. The following information is available on this:

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.

Our first meeting will be held a 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 contact Noel-Ann Bradshaw (n.bradshaw@gre.ac.uk) if you are interested in attending a meeting or contributing to this work.