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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 for us as academics to design and create learning spaces for mathematics and statistics support is however often limited, but it is possible both to influence university thinking when new spaces are being designed and to make innovative use of existing space at minimal cost. When doing so, it can help to be able to identify successful approaches that have been adopted elsewhere.

This sigma workshop is intended to provide a chance for delegates to hear some examples of such successful practices and to discuss ways in which their own spaces can be better utilised to enhance student engagement.

Attendance is free.

To register to attend, please email Jeff Waldock (, stating any dietary or access requirements.


10:00: Arrival and registration.

10:30: Welcome

10:40: ‘Designing ideal open learning spaces to enhance student engagement with mathematics and statistics’, Jeff Waldock (Sheffield Hallam).

11:10: ‘Finding space for Maths Support – making the most of what you’ve got’. Tony Mann (Greenwich)

11:40: ‘Designing a new space for mathematics and statistics at the University of the West of England’, Karen Henderson (UWE)

12:10: Lunch.

13:10: “Differing Approaches and Uses of Learning Spaces – their Strengths and Weaknesses”, Chetna Patel (De Montfort)

13:40: “Mobile Maths Support”, Simon Massey (Manchester Met)

14:10: Open “Show and Tell” session.

This is an opportunity for delegates to review their own learning spaces and what they would like to be able to offer to their students and staff, and to reflect on approaches towards achieving these goals.

15:30: Closing remarks – are we closer to identifying how to achieve an ideal learning space in different contexts?