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Beyond Engineering Maths: teaching mathematics and statistics to engineers in the 21st century – 13th July 2017

A  FREE  sigma Workshop, Loughborough University

The engineering profession has undergone huge changes in the last 30 years, including a greater emphasis on working with data and with software.  However, the teaching of mathematics and statistics to engineers has remained quite traditional.

This meeting is aimed at those teaching engineers in higher education whether in a frontline or support context.  The goals for this meeting are:

·         To understand the changing landscape for engineering mathematics and statistics

·         To suggest ways forward for improving materials to support the teaching and learning of mathematics and statistics of importance in 21st century engineering.

Tentative Schedule:

9:00 Coffee and Registration

9:30 Introductions and Welcome, Dr. Eugenie Hunsicker, Service Teaching Coordinator, Loughborough University

9:40 Keynote talk:  “Creative Convergence”, Tim Davis, CStat, CEng, FIMechE, Honorary Professor in Department of Statistics at Warwick University, Chief Analytics Officer at We Predict Ltd.

10:40 Coffee break

11:00 Three short talks on innovations in engineering teaching

12:30 Lunch

1:30 Past, present and future resources:  David Green, Alun Owen, and Eugenie Hunsicker

2:00 Panel Discussion with working engineers and engineering academics:  What mathematics and statistics knowledge and skills are needed for 21st century engineering?

3:00 Coffee and breakout discussion (writing on large sheets of paper)

3:45 Feedback from breakout session

4:00 Close

Presentation slides for some of the talks are available here

For those working towards HEA Fellowship, attendance at and engagement with this event, and reflection on its implications for practice, could help to provide evidence towards elements of the UK Professional Standards Framework: A1, A4, A5, K1, K2, K6, V1, V3, V4.

If you would like to attend please register interest by emailing Nicola Timson,

Statistics Resources in a Day – 21st April 2017

sigma Statistics Special Interest Group (SIG) ’Resource in a Day’ event Date: 21st April 2017 Time: 9:45am – 4:30pm Location: Millennium Point building, Birmingham City University The statstutor Communities project allows academics to submit their resources to statstutor once peer reviewed so that they can be used in other Maths Support centres. Whilst manyContinue Reading

Dyscalculia, Numeracy and Maths Anxiety – 12th April 2017

The sigma Network is pleased to support the following one-day conference: Dyscalculia, Numeracy and Maths Anxiety Wednesday 12th April 2017, Loughborough University Keynote speakers: · Professor David Sheffield: Brief Interventions for maths anxiety Peter Jarrett: The assessment of dyscalculia and maths learning difficulties There will also be a range of parallel workshop sessions and some case studies:     Maths and statisticsContinue Reading

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 mathematicalContinue Reading

Tutor Training workshop for new maths & stats support tutors – 5th January 2017

Tutor Training: Maths and Statistics Support Workshop 10:30 – 16:00 on 5th Jan 2017 De Montfort University, Kimberlin Library, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH This free one-day training workshop will be of interest to new maths support tutors and PGRs employed to provide maths and statistics help. Tutors not so new are welcome as well andContinue Reading

Location, Location, Location! sigma Midlands meeting – 11th July 2016

The next sigma Midlands meeting ‘Location, Location, Location‘ will be held at the Telford campus of the University of Wolverhampton on Monday 11th July 2016. The meeting is suitable for any member of staff or postgraduate tutor involved in mathematics or statistics teaching or support in higher education. Confirmed speakers include David Bowers from sigma,Continue Reading

sigma Midlands Hub event :Introduction to LaTeX – 21 March 2016

The sigma Midlands Hub is holding a free Introduction to LaTeX training day on Monday, March 21st 2016 at the University of Wolverhampton, City (i.e. Wolverhampton) campus. Note that this is the Monday before Easter. This free training day from 10.00 am to 4.30 pm is for those who wish to learn the basics of the document preparation system LaTeX. The course willContinue Reading

sigma Midlands Tutor Training – 14 January 2016

The sigma Midlands Hub is holding a free new tutor training session on January 14th 2016 at the University of Wolverhampton Walsall campus. This free training day is 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 aContinue Reading

sigma Midlands Tutor Training – 30 October

The Midlands hub will be running a free sigma Network Tutor Training event for mathematics and statistics support centres in the hub, and nearby regions, who wish to access sigma training for their tutors. It will be held at Wolverhampton University, Walsall campus on Friday 30th October, lunch and light refreshments will be provided. The training will be deliveredContinue Reading

sigma Midlands Hub Networking Event – 8 May

The sigma Midlands Hub is holding a Maths Support Networking Event at Halesowen College on Friday 8th May, starting at 12:30pm. This event is aimed at those who would like to network with other Mathematics and Statistics support practitioners, share good practice and discuss common issues. This is an ideal opportunity for Institutions who have recently received sigma funding to set up a mathematicsContinue Reading