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Addressing maths/stats anxiety – 28th February 2020

University of Chester.   10.00am – 4.00pm

The University of Chester is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a sigma Network workshop on Maths/Stats Anxiety at our beautiful Queen’s Park Campus on Friday 28th February 2020. The event is aimed at all maths/stats support colleagues who work with students experiencing maths/stats anxiety and wish to learn more, and/or have something to share. The workshop is FREE to attend, with lunch and refreshments provided courtesy of The University of Chester.

 Speakers planned for the day include:

*Keynote*: Sue Johnston-Wilder, University of Warwick   “Raising awareness and addressing statistical anxiety”

Chetna Patel, De Montfort University

Ellen Marshall, Sheffield Hallam University

Lightning talks and discussion

Delegates are invited to submit a proposal for a lightning talk on the day’s theme, Maths/Stats Anxiety. Each talk should be no more than 8 minutes and provide one or two discussion points for delegates. Ideally, a small amount of interactivity within the talk would be great, too. A standard PC/projector set-up will be available for the lightning talks.

To register your interest for this FREE event, please complete this google form.

 Copies of presentations have kindly been made available by the presenters here:
Sue Johnston-Wilder – Keynote
Ellen Marshall – Introduction to Maths and Statistics Anxiety
Chetna Patel – Taming Maths Anxiety  along with the Questionnaire
Jenny Freeman – Maths Anxiety and Xerte (lightning talk)
Paul Wilson – Statistics First, Software Second (lightning talk)
Jason Roberts – It’s OK to Forget (lightning talk)
Mark McAuley – Maths Anxiety with Science Students (lightning talk)
Lightning talks sticky notes – Part 1 and Part 2
Chetna Patel – Student Reflections

Nick Goddard (Maths Skills Adviser, University of Chester)

Mathematics Learning Activities: Transition to HE – 29th November 2019

University of Wolverhampton. 10.00 am to 4.00 pm We are delighted to invite members of the sigma Network to join our FREE one day mathematics education meeting under the theme of “Mathematics learning activities – transition to HE”.  The provisional programme is below: 10.00  Registration. Welcome. Coffee. 10.30  Keynote: Dr Kirsten Pfeiffer (University of Galway)  “Proof evaluationContinue Reading

New Tutor Training in Greenwich – 20th September 2019

A training session for new maths support tutors is taking place on Friday 20th September 2019, from 10.00am to 3.00pm, at the University of Greenwich. The day is aimed at training PhD students at Greenwich who will be taking on tutoring work in mathematics and statistics support in the coming year, but it is being openedContinue Reading

New Tutor Training in Cardiff – 5th October 2018

Will your maths support centre be employing new tutors in the coming year? For example, UG/PG students or academic staff who are new to the practice of maths and statistics support in HE? The sigma Network is offering a FREE one-day training workshop for new mathematics and statistics support tutors on Friday 5th October 2018, at Cardiff University. OUTLINEContinue Reading

New Tutor Training at Leeds – 24th September 2018

Will your maths support centre be employing new tutors in the coming year? For example, postgrad students or academic staff who are new to the practice of mathematics and statistics support in HE? The sigma Network is offering a FREE one-day training workshop for new maths and statistics support tutors on Monday 24th September 2018, at the UniversityContinue Reading

Designing effective learning spaces for mathematics and statistics support – 25th April 2018

Wednesday 25th April 2018 from 10:30 – 16:00. Sheffield Hallam University, Norfolk Building, room 609. The space in which students work and are supported by staff makes a significant difference to their engagement. Carefully designed shared open learning spaces can help create a partnership learning community within which student engagement can flourish. The capacity forContinue Reading

Employability development for HE mathematics and statistics – 16th February 2018

Workshop at Sheffield Hallam University, Friday 16th February 2018 from 10am-4pm.  All stakeholders in Higher Education are increasingly aware of the importance attached to the additional skills students should be gaining at university, over and above their course-specific skills. Students are concerned that courses will provide them with the full range of skills necessary toContinue Reading

sigma Network Annual General Meeting 2017

The Annual General Meeting of the sigma Network for Excellence in Mathematics and Statistics Support took place place on Tuesday 11th July 2017 at 4.00pm, at the University of Birmingham. AGENDA 1) Minutes of the 2016 AGM (available here) 2) Chair’s Report  (reports available here ) 3) Secretary’s Report 4) Treasurer’s Report 5) Ratification of Steering GroupContinue Reading

Mathematics Education beyond 16: pathways and transitions

10th – 12th July 2017, University of Birmingham. This is a joint conference of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, CETL-MSOR and Teaching Mathematics and its Applications. One of the themed conference working groups will address “Mathematics Support within Higher Education“. A keynote speaker will be Tony Croft. As an innovation for 2017, thisContinue Reading

Maths and Specific Learning Differences – 9 June 2017

The sigma Network is pleased to support this event organised by the Scottish Mathematics Support Network and the Association for Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education. This symposium is open to lecturers, tutors and advisers with an interest in Maths and/or Specific Learning Difference (SpLD) support at university.We are very fortunate to have Dr Emma Cliffe,Continue Reading