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Resource type Setting up a maths support centre (HE STEM)
The focus of this HE STEM guide is to provide mathematics support to students across all STEM disciplines to ease the transition from School/College in to University. This is a key factor influencing drop-out from STEM degrees and a targeted provision for mathematics support is a proven way to counter this. It includes cases studies from the Universities of Coventry, Portsmouth, York. Lincoln and Kent and articulates the experiences of the two Sigma Directors Professor Duncan Lawson, Coventry University and Professor Tony Croft, Loughborough University joint winners of the 2011 Times Higher Award for Outstanding Support for Students

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Resource type A Pilot for a Shared On-line Statistics Advisory Service
Statistics Advisory Services (SASs) have recently been established at several UK HE institutions, offering statistics help and advice to students undertaking a final year undergraduate or masters project or engaged in postgraduate research. This report gives the findings of a project to identify the practical and pedagogical issues associated with sharing an on-line SAS resource, and to elicit the opinions of students using the service in order to understand their expectations and experience of using this type of on-line support. We believe that this type of shared service would offer universities a viable alternative means of providing a SAS without incurring the financial costs of resourcing a SAS solely dedicated to their own institution. This report was written by Alun Owen, Peter Samuels, Michele Wrightham, Bernadette Leckenby and Mollie Gilchrist. This report is not made available under a Creative Commons licence but is freely available to UK universities for non-commerical educational use.
Resource type A Statistical Awareness Curriculum for STEM Graduate Employees
This project created a learning environment that raises statistical awareness among STEM employers and employees and: shows the need for employers to audit employees' statistical skills and act on the evidence provided by the audit; builds an understanding of the role of statistical skills in developing a fully competent workforce; develops an appreciation of how statistical skills can be improved. It created a web-based tool for employers to audit their employees? statistical skills. This report gives details about the project and the created resources. This report was written by Neville Davies and John Marriott. This report is not made available under a Creative Commons licence but is freely available to UK universities for non-commerical educational use.
Resource type Being a Professional Mathematician
This booklet details the curriculum resources created by the project 'Being a Professional Mathematician'. This aimed to produce a collection of teaching resources on the development of mathematics - stories from history and more recent development of the discipline. These aimed to counter a view of mathematics as a static, completed body of knowledge and instead encourage awareness of the process of doing mathematics. They aimed to develop students' awareness of the culture of mathematics. This booklet gives details of the material created and discusses how this material may be used in the curriculum. This booklet was written by Tony Mann and Chris Good. This report is not made available under a Creative Commons licence but is freely available to UK universities for non-commerical educational use but is freely available to UK universities for non-commerical educational use.
Resource type Being a Professional Mathematician website
This website houses the audio and worksheet resources created by the project 'Being a Professional Mathematician'. This aimed to produce a collection of teaching resources on the development of mathematics - stories from history and more recent development of the discipline. These aimed to counter a view of mathematics as a static, completed body of knowledge and instead encourage awareness of the process of doing mathematics. They aimed to develop students’ awareness of the culture of mathematics. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Resource type Communication and Presentation Skills Course Pack
This Course Pack offers the resources from a course, titled Communication and Presentation Skills, which sought to teach students how to present numerate information, at an appropriate level, to various kinds of audience. The course sought to develop five key skills in particular: the communication of ideas through speech; the vocal skills needed to speak effectively; the verbal description of quantitative data; the oral interpretation of diagrams and graphs; and, engagement with the audience. The sessions involved active participation by the students, with teamwork an essential element. The materials for the Communication and Presentation Skills course were devised, written and delivered by Eileen Cunningham, Lesley Harper, Shamim Khan, Hendryk Korzeniowski, Gordon Blower and James Groves This resource is free for educational use at UK universities. It is not made available under a Creative Commons licence but is freely available to UK universities for non-commerical educational use.
Resource type Developing Graduate Skills in HE Mathematics Programmes
A series of short case studies have been collected, each focused on specific graduate skills, providing examples of ways in which these have been successfully developed through curricular initiatives. There is a wide variety of work reported, both in terms of the skills developed as well as the type of courses and institutions involved. This report was edited by Jeff Waldock. This report is not made available under a Creative Commons licence but is freely available to UK universities for non-commerical educational use.
Resource type Employer Engagement in Undergraduate Mathematics
It is important to take account of the needs of employers when developing graduate mathematicians. Some of the projects reported in this booklet have worked with employers, employees or professional bodies to develop research findings, good practice advice and curriculum resources to improve graduate skills. Others offer examples of approaches involving employers in delivery of teaching and assessment for work-related learning, and various models that can be used to place students within organisations for work-based learning. This report was edited by Jeff Waldock and Peter Rowlett. This report is not made available under a Creative Commons licence but is freely available to UK universities for non-commerical educational use.
Resource type Further Work Developing Graduate Skills in HE Mathematics Programmes
A follow-up to the booklet 'Developing Graduate Skills in HE Mathematics Programmes', which offered exemplars of ways in which graduate skills had been successfully developed through curricular initiatives. Three projects reported here develop the earlier good practice - around employment awareness, presentation of written work and reflection and articulation of skills - and provide evidence that this can be transferred to new circumstances. Two projects develop maths-specific advice and curriculum resources around developing students' speaking and writing skills. This report was edited by Peter Rowlett. This report is not made available under a Creative Commons licence but is freely available to UK universities for non-commerical educational use.
Resource type Good Practice on Inclusive Curricula in the Mathematical Sciences
Courses with substantial mathematical content pose specific accessibility challenges beyond those usually considered in generic inclusive curricula good practice advice. This guide draws on knowledge and experience from academic staff, professional support staff, disability researchers and students. Contributions explore technical and pedagogic barriers and the way these may be formed by the modes in which mathematics is communicated. The contributions provide strong evidence of the need for collaboration between the MSOR community and the support professionals in dissolving barriers and moving together towards the goal of inclusive curricula. This report was edited by Emma Cliffe and Peter Rowlett. This report is not made available under a Creative Commons licence but is freely available to UK universities for non-commerical educational use.
Resource type Graduates' Views on the Undergraduate Mathematics Curriculum
Over 400 mathematics graduates were surveyed 2.5 years after graduation. They were asked to reflect on the knowledge and skills they believed that they developed during their mathematical study, and to assess how useful these skills have been during their career to date. These data were benchmarked against an earlier survey of incoming undergraduates' expectations. This aimed to determine whether the higher education mathematics syllabus adequately prepares students for the workplace. This report provides context, describes and discusses the findings of this research. This report was written by Matthew Inglis, Tony Croft and Janette Matthews. This report is not made available under a Creative Commons licence but is freely available to UK universities for non-commerical educational use.
Resource type HE Mathematics Curriculum Summit
The HE Mathematics Curriculum Summit on 12 January 2011 brought together representatives of half of the mathematical sciences departments in England and Wales and the professional bodies for a day of debate and discussion on the state of HE mathematics course design and delivery. This report gives summaries of the debate, talks and discussions as well as a series of recommendations of current priorities for curriculum development in mathematical sciences. This report was edited by Peter Rowlett. This report is not made available under a Creative Commons licence but is freely available to UK universities for non-commerical educational use but is freely available to UK universities for non-commerical educational use.
Resource type History of Mathematics in the Higher Education Curriculum
Setting mathematics in its historical context can motivate and enthuse learning, but it also enriches the curriculum, shows connections between different branches of the subject, and helps to produce students with a greater sense of the breadth and, what might be termed, the creative life of mathematics as a discipline. This report seeks to give examples of how history has been integrated into undergraduate mathematics teaching in higher education through case studies. This report was edited by Mark McCartney. This report is not made available under a Creative Commons licence but is freely available to UK universities for non-commerical educational use.
Resource type Industrial Problem Solving for Higher Education (IPSHE) wiki
The IPSHE curriculum project aims to encourage a teaching methodology based on solving practical problems arising in industry and science. This wiki maintains a growing list of case studies from real, recent industrial and scientific research problems serving as a basis for group projects at all levels of undergraduate study. This website is not made available under a Creative Commons licence but is freely available to UK universities for non-commerical educational use.
Resource type Industrial problems for the HE curriculum (statistics)
This project engaged with an industrial/business partner, a large food manufacturer in the south west, in order to bring their data and associated problems into the HE curriculum. It identified real problems they had with quality control of raw and cooked ingredients in a selected range of their products. These problems were solvable using data interrogation, graphical and statistical modelling methods. The company made available a large amount of real data they routinely collect during their production processes. This report gives details about the project and the created resources. This report was written by Neville Davies and John Marriott. This report is not made available under a Creative Commons licence but is freely available to UK universities for non-commerical educational use.
Resource type Interactive starting points for problem solving in undergraduate mathematics
An innovative and sustainable online bank of starting points for problem- solving, presented in an interactive, visual and engaging way that will nurture mathematical thinking, logical processes and modelling. The starting points will permit a range of teaching approaches - individual, small group and whole class. They will be fully functional on a range of digital technologies including handhelds. These resources were created by the project Problem Solving in Undergraduate Mathematics (PSUM) and are available via Nrich. This website is not made available under a Creative Commons licence but is freely available to UK universities for non-commerical educational use.
Resource type Introduction to Developing Graduate Skills in HE Mathematics Programmes
The project Developing Graduate Skills in HE Mathematics Programmes collected a series of short case studies, each focused on specific graduate skills, providing examples of ways in which these have been successfully developed through curricular initiatives. This video is the introduction to a workshop disseminating the case study report by Jeff Waldock. This video is not made available under a Creative Commons licence but is freely available to UK universities for non-commerical educational use.
Resource type Mapping University Mathematics Assessment Practices Book
This book discusses the outcomes of the MU-MAP Project (Mapping University Mathematics Assessment Practices) aimed at detailing the current state of assessment practices in undergraduate mathematics including: A survey of existing practices at universities across England and Wales; A summary of the research literature; Examples of different forms of mathematics assessment in current use; Reports on the implementation of changed assessment projects such as oral assessment, the use of applied comparative judgement techniques and assessing employability skills. This book was edited by Paola Iannone Adrian Simpson. This work is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 UK: England & Wales Licence.
Resource type Mapping University Mathematics Assessment Practices website
The MU-MAP Project (Mapping University Mathematics Assessment Practices) aimed at detailing the current state of assessment practices in undergraduate mathematics including: A survey of existing practices at universities across England and Wales; A summary of the research literature; Examples of different forms of mathematics assessment in current use; Reports on the implementation of changed assessment projects such as oral assessment, the use of applied comparative judgement techniques and assessing employability skills. This website contains the resources connected to the project, including a literature database. This website is not made available under a Creative Commons licence but is freely available to UK universities for non-commerical educational use.
Resource type Mathematical Problem-Solving Project website
The ability to solve previously unseen problems, independently and with confidence, is an important skill for a graduating mathematician. This website houses the results of a project looking to develop resources on teaching and assessment of problem-solving, including the book 'Teaching Problem-solving in Undergraduate Mathematics' and a problem bank. This website is not made available under a Creative Commons licence but is freely available to UK universities for non-commerical educational use.
Resource type Maths Arcade: stretching and supporting mathematical thinking
The Maths Arcade is an innovative activity involving playing and analysing strategy games which aims to simultaneously support struggling learners, stretch more confident learners and encourage the development of a staff-student mathematical community. This booklet contains details of the original Maths Arcade at Greenwich, including some discussion of the advantages of running an Arcade, and case studies from seven other Maths Arcades since established at Manchester, Salford, Sheffield Hallam, Leicester, Bath, Nottingham and Keele. This report was edited by Noel-Ann Bradshaw and Peter Rowlett. This report is not made available under a Creative Commons licence but is freely available to UK universities for non-commerical educational use.
Resource type Maths E.G.
An e-assessment system containing almost 2000 mathematics questions with random parameters and feedback spanning topics from GCSE to undergraduate level 2. Each question in the database will generate thousands of examples, each with fully-worked solutions. The MSOR Network supported the development of questions in elementary discrete mathematics (sets, logic and graph theory) as part of the National HE STEM Programme. Maths E.G. is delivered under a Creative Commons BY-SA licence.
Resource type Media Enhanced Teaching and Learning Videos
A series of workshops on creating and using media to enhance your teaching took place. Videos are available of some of the workshop sessions. These videos are not made available under a Creative Commons licence but are freely available to UK universities for non-commerical educational use.
Resource type Media Enhanced Teaching and Learning: case studies and evidence of effective use
mathematics using technology presents the opportunity to make recordings, and it is this prospect that this booklet seeks to explore through examples from mathematics and other disciplines.This report was edited by Peter Rowlett. This report is not made available under a Creative Commons licence but is freely available to UK universities for non-commerical educational use.
Resource type Methods to produce flexible and accessible learning resources in mathematics
This project explored methods to produce flexible and accessible learning resources for mathematics with a focus on producing a guide for staff in higher education to enable them as individuals to create flexible resources efficiently and robustly. This website houses resources providing an overview of the challenge, guidelines to writing documents and details of software setup; the resources act as exemplars for flexible and accessible learning resources for mathematics. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Resource type MSOR Connections Vol. 11 No. 3 HE STEM Special Issue
This special issue of MSOR Connections is themed around work undertaken as part of the National HE STEM Programme. This includes work organised by the Network under the Mathematical Sciences HE Curriculum Innovation Project and work organised by other HE STEM partners. Work is reported in sections. The first contains an account of our HE Mathematics Curriculum Summit and work which addresses the recommendations for curriculum development made by that Summit. The remainder of the articles are arranged according to several areas of activity: graduate skills; employer engagement; mathematical thinking; technology; inclusive curricula; engineering maths; outreach and widening participation through schools and colleges. This edition was edited by Peter Rowlett. This report is not made available under a Creative Commons licence but is freely available to UK universities for non-commerical educational use.
Resource type Student-centred Approaches in Mathematics
The projects highlighted in this booklet have as their key concern the student and have introduced initiatives which recognise the diverse needs of students. All have some element of support tailored to the needs of students, although the projects themselves are quite distinct. The first is focused on supporting mathematics students and the next three focus on student-centred approaches for students from other disciplines. The focus then changes, with three reports on inclusive curricula and students with additional needs. The final report presents an overview of how one might use social media to engage students. This report was edited by Carol Robinson. This report is not made available under a Creative Commons licence but is freely available to UK universities for non-commerical educational use.
Resource type Summary of work in mathematical sciences HE curriculum innovation
This booklet presents summaries of the work completed under the Mathematical Sciences HE Curriculum Innovation Project from 2010-12 and provides links to access the resources produced. Work is presented on: developing graduate skills from within the curriculum and by engaging with employers; making available industrial problems in maths and stats; teaching and assessing problem solving; mathematical thinking; student support; inclusive curricula; non-traditional methods of assessment; use of audio-visual media in teaching and learning. This report was edited by Peter Rowlett. This report is not made available under a Creative Commons licence but is freely available to UK universities for non-commerical educational use.
Resource type Teaching Problem-solving in Undergraduate Mathematics
The purpose of this Guide is to argue the case for putting problem-solving at the heart of a mathematics degree; for giving students a flavour, according to their capabilities, of what it is to be a mathematician; a taste for rising to a mathematical challenge and overcoming it. Its purpose is also to make it easier for colleagues who share our vision to find ways of realising it in their own teaching. This book was edited by Matthew Badger, Chris Sangwin and Trevor Hawkes. This document is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution No Derivatives (CC BY-ND) license.
Resource type The Internet Librarian and Curator of Mathematics Videos
This website links to selected, reviewed and academically-validated mathematics video tutorials. The vast size and lack of discrimination in the results of an internet search make it hard for students to identify suitable resources and to know whether they are relevant and reliable. This website was created by a pilot project led by Trevor Hawkes. This website is not made available under a Creative Commons licence but is freely available to UK universities for non-commerical educational use.

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