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Exploring Different Models of Maths Support within HE; Combatting Maths Anxiety – 1st June 2016

Manchester Metropolitan Q-Step Centre and SIGMA North West are hosting the first joint SIGMA-Q-Step event exploring different models of mathematics and statistics support.   The event will be held at Manchester Metropolitan University on Wednesday 1st June. The aims of the day are:

  • Explore student attitudes to numbers as barriers to learning
  • Showcase different models of maths support within the HE sector
  • Share good practice in maths support within the HE sector
  • Examine what works in relation to supporting students with Maths anxiety

VENUE: Manchester Metropolitan University, Room tbc.


There is no charge for attending this event and refreshments and lunch will be provided. To book please complete the register at Eventbrite, any enquiries can be sent to Ian Jarman ( Dept. of Applied Mathematics, Liverpool John Moores University, Byrom Street, Liverpool, L3 3AF or Natalie Simpson ( Q-step, Manchester Metropolitan University.


09.30 – 10.00 Registration and Refreshments

10.00 – 10.15 Welcome

10.15 – 10.45 Professor Julie Scott Jones. Director, Manchester Metropolitan University Q-Step Centre

Why supporting university students with numeracy is important

10.45 – 11.00 Sue Johnston-Wilder, University of Warwick

Building Maths Resilience; lessons from the school sector

11.00 – 11.15 Refreshments

11.15 – 11.45 Tony Croft. Prof of  Mathematics Education Centre, Loughborough University. Sigma Director

The role of the MOOC in overcoming maths anxiety – lessons learned from five presentations of the Future Learn course ‘Getting a Grip on Mathematical Symbolism’.

11.45 – 12.15 Q&A (Twitter)

12.15 – 1.15 Lunch.

1.15 – 1.45 Michael Grove, Director – STEM education centre, School of Mathematics, University of Birmingham

Making Mathematics Support Work For You – models and methodologies for mathematics and statistics support

1.45 – 2.30 MASH, University of Bath (Cheryl Voake-Jones)

How we approach maths support.

2.30 – 2.45 Refreshments

2.45 – 3.30 The Numeracy Project, Manchester Metropolitan University (Natalie Simpson & Simon Massey)

How we approach maths support.

3.30 – 4.00 Discussion

4.00 Thank you