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Mathematics and statistics support in the age of Big Data – 13th March 2017

Mathematics and Statistics Support in the Age of “Big Data”
Monday 13th March 2017, University of Essex

The sigma Network and the University of Essex invite you to a FREE event to explore how HE maths support provision can respond to the demands of “big data”. Increasingly it is not just STEM students who need mathematical skills – the quantification of the humanities and social sciences requires students in those areas also to be able to deal confidently with data and statistics.

The event will be introduced by two speakers with considerable experience in this field. Participants will then share their own experiences of how they are supporting students in their quantitative skills. All participants should go away with new insights, ideas and action plans for enhancing their own maths and statistics support provision.

Outline of the day:

12.00 – 12.30  Arrive and light lunch

12.30 – 1.00   “BIg Data – what is it, and what demands does it place on today’s undergraduates?” (Richard Skeggs, ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre)

1.00 – 1.30 “Q-Step – early lessons and moving forward” (Simon Gallacher, Nuffield Foundation)

1.30 – 2.00  Coffee break, discussion, identification of delegates’ key issues

2.00 – 3.00  Short presentations by delegates outlining what they are doing to support students with relevant maths, statistics and data analysis skills (eg focused workshops, recommended resources, embedded provision, etc)

3.00 – 3.45  Small group discussion:  reflecting on what has been said, what can we take away, what further questions and needs do we have? Action planning for service enhancement..

3.45 – 4.00 Summary. How can the sigma Network support you as practitioners? (David Bowers and Alun Owen, sigma Network)

To reserve your place at this FREE event, please email Hansa Bissoondeeal ( by 3rd March 2017.


The sigma Network acknowledges the support received from the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the Talent Development Centre at the University of Essex to host this event.

For those working towards HEA Fellowship, engagement with this event and reflection on the implications for your professional practice can help provide evidence towards the following dimensions of the UKPSF:  A1, A2, A4, A5, K3, K4, V1, V3.

Promoting and Evaluating your Maths Support Service – 25 April 2016

The sigma Eastern England Hub is hosting a free networking event – ‘Promoting and Evaluating your Maths Support Service’ at the Silberrad Student Centre, University of Essex on Monday 25th April 2016 starting at 12:00. If you are involved in the provision of mathematics and statistics support in higher education, this event will give youContinue Reading

sigma Eastern England Tutor Training – 2 March 2016

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sigma Eastern England Hub Mathematica meeting – 3 February 2016

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R Day: Delivery of Statistics Support using R – 2 December 2015

 Place: University of Essex  Date: Wednesday 2nd December 2015  10:30 am refreshments for a 10:45 am start.To finish by 4:30 pm. The popular and free software termed “R” is already well used by academics across various disciplines. The R Day, to be held at the University of Essex Campus near Colchester, will focus on howContinue Reading

sigma Network One Day Event on GeoGebra and ICT for Mathematics Support – 15 May

The Eastern sigma Hub is planning to run a free Workshop on GeoGebra and ICT for Mathematics Support , on 15 May at Essex University, Colchester Campus from 10:30 to 16:00. This one day event on ICT in the support of mathematics at University will focus on the free software GeoGebra ( and how it can be usedContinue Reading

Models for the delivery of Maths/Stats support – 16 December 2014

Place: University of East London (UEL) Date: Tuesday 16th December 2014 10:30 am refreshments for an 11 am start. To finish by 3:00 pm.  This will be a networking event organised by the sigma Eastern England Hub for people involved in the provision of mathematics and statistics support in higher education. Attendees will have the opportunityContinue Reading

sigma Eastern England Tutor Training – 5 November 2014

A free training day is being held on 5 November 2014 at the University of Lincoln for tutors who work in mathematics and statistics support centres, or who otherwise support students to enhance their mathematical skills. The course will be delivered by members of sigma, based around the sigma guide “Tutoring in a Maths Support Centre“. The training is ideal for tutorsContinue Reading

Use and Evaluation of Prezi for Mathematics and Statistics Support – 18 June 2014

Event held at the Eastern England sigma Hub, 18th June 2014 Prezi is becoming increasingly popular as a tool to present complex information in a dynamic and visually arresting form, which can accentuate links between concepts. This event was aimed at maths support tutors who wanted to find out more about this alternative to Powerpoint,Continue Reading

Interactive Technologies for Maths and Statistics Support 19 March 2014

Event held at the Eastern England sigma Hub, 19th March 2014 As maths support tutors, we do not just spend our time in one-to-one support situations. We are increasingly invited into courses to deliver occasional “guest lectures” on mathematical or statistical topics to large groups of students. This event gave a hands-on overview of aContinue Reading