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sigma North West and North Wales “Get to know and learn from each other” afternoon – 11 April 2014

Regrettably, this event has been cancelled as so few people signed up to attend.  I have had suggestions of alternative topics and formats so I expect to arrange a different, and hopefully more attractive, version of this event in the near future.

Leslie Fletcher 10 April 2014

The meeting is at Manchester University; this is the programme and provisional timings:

  • 1.30pm                   Meet in Room G.205 in the Alan Turing Building
  • 1.30pm – 1.40pm   Welcome and housekeeping
  • 1.40pm – 2.30pm   Five(ish!) minutes for individual participants on the pleasures and pains of mathematics and statistics support in their institution – I am happy to start this.
  • 2.30pm – 3.00pm   Mark Brown and Paul Gray, Department of Sociology, MMU on the Q-Step project
  • 3.00pm – 3.15pm   Tea, coffee, biscuits
  • 3.15pm – 4.30pm   Visit to the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons “a state of the art study and learning centre”.  I wanted to go back to being an undergraduate at Manchester University when I visited!

I hope you will find this useful and interesting; I anticipate that this afternoon will help me plan future sigma activities in this region which meet the needs of staff working in maths and stats support.  Feel free to pass on details of this event to any colleagues who might be interested.

If you are planning to attend please complete the form below (shamelessly copied from the South West and South Wales hub!) which will be emailed back to me automatically.

Colin Steele is able to provide information about the local geography and facilities at Manchester University.


Leslie Fletcher

0151 231 4518            Email:


Mist, Haze and Shutters: dyscalculia in FE/HE – 10 April 2013

A one-day conference on Dyscalculia in Further/Higher Education was held at Loughborough University on Wednesday 10th April 2013. The programme organised by Clare Trott included keynote addresses from Dr David Grant and Simon Drew, demonstrations of current research in the field and a series of case studies.

Workshop on accessible learning resources in mathematics – 7 January 2013

The University of Bath hosted a workshop on Accessible Learning Resources in mathematics on 7th January 2013. This workshop aimed to bring together practitioners and researchers with an interest in the technical challenges of producing accessible learning resources for mathematical subjects. Delegates were warned that talks would be of a technical nature, assuming knowledge of at least (butContinue Reading

Undertaking Pedagogic Research in the HE STEM Disciplines – 17/18 December 2012

Sigma was a partner in an event organised on the 17-18 December 2012 in Leeds entitled ‘Undertaking Pedagogic Research in the HE STEM Disciplines’.  This was a follow-on to an event that took place in June 2012 and was aimed at those who are both new to pedagogic research and who wish to explore theirContinue Reading

Call for presentations/workshops – supporting students to develop statistics skills

The sigma Northwest North Wales regional maths support hub is organising a day of workshops and presentations on ways in which we can effectively support the development of students statistics skills on Friday 18th January 2013 at the University of Liverpool. We are interested in work that supports statistics based subjects  directly as well subjectsContinue Reading