network for excellence in
    mathematics and statistics support


Useful advice for centres who would like to support the sigma network by hosting an event (2020)

A resource to assist mathematics and statistics support practitioners to identify and collect the evidence needed for HEA Fellowship applications. (2017)

 A selection of 18 case studies relating to supporting students with numeracy skills for graduate recruitment testing, transition to employment, and embedding employability skills across the HE maths curriculum. Produced by the sigma Network Special Interest Group for Employability. Published by Sheffield Hallam University (September 2017).
A guide for Pro-Vice-Chancellors by Tony Croft, Michael Grove & Duncan Lawson for the sigma Network (2016)

A guide for academic members of staff. A joint publication of the MEI and the sigma Network (2016)

Senior Management Perspectives on Mathematics and Statistics Support in Higher Education

A research report by Professor Harry Tolley and Dr Helen Mackenzie commissioned by sigma to determine high level sector needs for undergraduate and postgraduate mathematics and statistics support. Published May 2015.

An Executive Summary and sigma Directors Response to the sigma commissioned research above was produced by Prof Tony Croft, Prof Duncan Lawson and Michael Grove (2015)

sigma – a network working!

An unabridged version of the article published in Mathematics Today, Volume 50(1), the bulletin of the IMA by Tony Croft, Duncan lawson, Trevor Hawkes, Michael grove, David Bowers and Moira Petrie.(2014) 

The Mathematics Support Community of Practice

A report detailing the sigma initiatives during the period 2009 to 2012, achieved with funding from the National HE STEM Programme, many of which have continued beyond the life of the programme. (2013)

Gathering student feedback on mathematics and statistics support provision

A guide for those running mathematics support centres. Experiences and examples shared by members of the sigma Network (2012)

Evaluation of mathematics support centres: a review of the literature

This report reviews and synthesises published research evaluating mathematics and statistics support and the contribution made to student learning and the student experience so that informed decisions may be made about the value of support activity and the targeting of future funding. (2012)

How to set up a mathematics and statistics support provision

A guide for those interested in setting up or enhancing a mathematics and/or statistics support provision for students (not necessarily students of mathematics or statistics) to provide additional support to their regular programme. (2012)

Mathematics learning support in UK higher education: the extent of provision in 2012

This study captures the extent of mathematics and statistics learning support provision across the UK higher education sector in 2012. It builds on earlier work that was undertaken independently in 2000 and 2004.

Tutoring in a mathematics support centre. A guide for postgraduate students.

This guide has proved invaluable over the years and is still used as the basis for tutor training programmes run by sigma Network members. It is relevant for any tutor, not just PG students who take on a tutoring role. (2011)


ANNUAL REPORTS (produced during periods of HEFCE and HE STEM funding)

sigma Annual Report 2014/15

The annual report reviewing the activities of the sigma Network during the academic year 2014/15.

sigma Annual Report 2013/14 

The annual report reviewing the activities of the sigma Network during the academic year 2013/14.

sigma Annual Report 2012/13

The annual report reviewing the activities of the sigma Network during the academic year 2012/13.

And the winner is . . . mathematics support

A report reviewing the activities of the sigma Network during the HE STEM funded period 2010-2012

Celebrating success in mathematics and statistics support

A report reviewing the highlights of sigma‘s achievements during the five year CETL funded period 2005-10