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Immediate reaction: Placements for mathematics undergraduates workshop

Yesterday Tony Mann at Greenwich ran a workshop ‘Placements for mathematics undergraduates’ as part of his Models of industrial placements project. A talk about placement formats from Veronica Benson (Reading) set the scene. In the morning we heard examples of schemes for placing undergraduates in schools at Greenwich and Portsmouth from Noel-Ann Bradshaw (Greenwich), Ann Heal and Susan Gibbs (Portsmouth). After lunch Nadarajah Ramesh (Greenwich) outlined the Greenwich sandwich placement scheme and Tony Mann (Greenwich) outlined an innovative scheme for placing undergraduates in companies for one half-day per week as part of a credit-bearing alternative to the final year project.

Looking through the feedback forms, delegates rated all sessions, the event as a whole and contacts made as valuable. Some delegates would have liked more time for discussion, although this is hard to predict in advance and one delegate points out there is “never enough time for discussions!” One delegate commented:

Very useful meeting in all respects – both for finding out common and different experiences/attitudes, etc. Thank you.

Workshops: Being a professional mathematician & Placements for maths undergrads

We are supporting two workshops in May at the University of Greenwich for which registration is now open.

  1. The University of Greenwich is trialling an approach to placements that sees students placed in local companies for short periods each week. We supported Tony Mann to evaluate this process and make the results available through a case study and workshop in the project Models of industrial placements. The workshop will be Placements for Mathematics undergraduates on Monday 14th May 2012.

    This workshop will explore different ways in which mathematics undergraduates are gaining employment experience through work placements as part of the curriculum.  These include traditional sandwich placement, various opportunities to undertake placements in schools, and other examples.

    Further details and registration

  2. Tony Mann, Greenwich, and Chris Good, Birmingham, are building a set of resources on working as a mathematician and the development of mathematics with guidance on how to use these in the curriculum in the project Being a professional mathematician. This project will run a workshop Being a professional mathematician on Tuesday 15th May 2012.

    The HE Mathematics Curriculum Summit identified that mathematics departments wish the curriculum to include material on the culture of working as a mathematician. The National HE STEM Programme Mathematical Sciences Curriculum Innovation Fund has supported a project to prepare teaching materials and guidance on how these can be incorporated into the curriculum. This workshop will present some of the resulting materials and discuss ways in which they can be used.

    Further details and registration