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.