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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 to successfully gain graduate level employment. This presents challenges for those involved with maths and stats support and for those designing curricula for mathematics and related subjects. These include how to prepare students for graduate numeracy testing, how to develop careers awareness and career management skills and how to develop skills through alternative approaches to learning, teaching and assessment.

 A guide to employability and a collection of case studies on this theme have been prepared by the sigma Network Employability Special Interest Group and published as a booklet Employability development for HE mathematics and statistics. This launch event for the booklet will feature talks by several of the case study authors.

 Attendance is free. To register to attend, please email Peter Rowlett stating any dietary or access requirements.



10:00 Arrival and registration.

10:30 ‘Employability in the HE mathematics curriculum’, Jeff Waldock (Sheffield Hallam University).

11:15 ‘Refresh Your Maths’, Julia Paci (University of Exeter).

11:45 ‘Valuing and fostering communication skills: a dispersed approach’, Carol Calvert (Open University).

12:15 Lunch.

13:15 ‘Developing employability for engineering students’, Jonathan Cole (Queen’s University Belfast).

13:45 ‘A Placement Learning Programme for Mathematics’, Dafydd Evans (Cardiff University).

14:15 Break.

14:45 ‘Employability sessions for Mathematics students’, Karen Henderson (University of the West of England, UWE Bristol).

15:15 ‘Skills development through group projects in mathematics’, Peter Rowlett (Sheffield Hallam University).

15:45 Closing remarks.

16:00 Close.

This workshop is supported by the sigma Network through its Employability Special Interest Group.

Learning Support in STEM – 12th January 2017

Members of the sigma Network are pleased to be involved in the planning and delivery of the following one day conference: Learning support in STEM: Learning differences and teaching innovations conference Thursday 12th January 2017, University of Sheffield This one-day conference at The University of Sheffield brings together academics, practitioners, and students to discuss STEMContinue Reading

Training for new maths support tutors – 7th November 2016

Will your maths support centre be employing new tutors this year? For example, postgrad students or existing lecturers who are new to the practice of maths support in HE? The sigma Network is offering a FREE one-day training event for new maths support tutors on Monday 7th November 2016 at Lancaster University Management School. ThisContinue Reading

Technology Enhanced Learning – 30th June 2016 (note change of date)

The next sigma meeting organised by the North East & Yorkshire Hub is taking place on THURSDAY 30th JUNE 2016 from 10:30-3:30pm at the University of Newcastle.  The focus is on Technology Enhanced Learning. This one day event will concentrate on getting started with various software/systems to facilitate and enhance teaching and learning of maths in Higher Education. The day willContinue Reading

sigma NE & Y Tutor training event – 16 Oct 2015

The sigma North East and Yorkshire hub are hosting a tutor training event which is free and 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 Leeds University on Friday 16th October and includes lunch and light refreshments. The training will be delivered by membersContinue Reading

Breaking down silos – sigma NE&Y Regional Hub Meeting – 24 June 2015

The sigma North East and Yorkshire Hub are holding a networking day on 24 June from 10:30 to 15:30 at the University of York. The day will be a combination of talks and activities and aims to give the delegates an opportunity to consider their individual needs for service development and get ideas from theContinue Reading

Being Inclusive – the whole kit and caboodle

In the maths and statistics support environment The sigma North East and Yorkshire Hub hosted a day conference on Being Inclusive – the Whole Kit and Caboodle in the Maths and Statistics Support Environment at The University of Sheffield on Monday 19 January 2015, starting at 10am and finishing at 4pm. The day was a combination of talks and activities andContinue Reading

sigma NE&Y Hub event: Being inclusive: the whole kit and caboodle in the maths and stats support environment – 19 January 2015

The sigma North East and Yorkshire Hub are arranging an event at the University of Sheffield on Monday 19 January 2015, starting at 10am and finishing at 4pm. The day will be a combination of talks and activities and aims to give delegates an opportunity to consider their inclusive practice of mathematics and statistics support and learn ways of developingContinue Reading

sigma NE and Yorkshire Tutor Training – 29 October

The sigma North East and Yorkshire Regional Hub is running a sigma Network Tutor Training event suitable for tutors and PGRs working in mathematics and statistics support centres. The event is free and will be held at the University of Sheffield on Wednesday the 29th October. The training will be​ delivered by members of the sigma Network who have a sustained teaching andContinue Reading

sigma North East and Yorkshire Hub Event – 19 June 2014

sigma North East and Yorkshire Hub is holding an event on Thursday 19th June at the University of Leeds from 10:30 to 15:00. The day will run as an exchange of ideas and discussion on topics of current interest with the aim of strengthening links between the maths support centres and practitioners in the region. The morning session willContinue Reading