School Seminars and Colloquia

Supporting mathematics in higher education - providing resources to help ease the transition from school to university. An update from the UK

ICE-EM Seminar

by Sarah Carpenter

Institution: Assistant Director of SIGMA - A Centre for Excellence in the Provision of University-wide Mathematics and Statistics Support
Date: Thu 23rd March 2006
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: AMSI Seminar Room, ICT Building, 111 Barry Street Carlton

Abstract: Since the 1990’s there has been a rapid and extensive decline in the mathematical capabilities of students entering a wide range of degree programs in the UK. The decline has been observed in students across the entire university sector, irrespective of their entry qualifications. There are many activities and developments happening in the UK at both university and national levels in an attempt to remedy this problem, including development of local support provision creation of national networks and funding of national projects to produce resources.

This presentation will cover this background and describe the latest development, SIGMA - a Centre for Excellence in the Provision of University-wide Mathematics and Statistics Support. There will also be the opportunity to access a wealth of resources, from printed mathematics leaflets to video tutorials and animations that can be used with students in school or at university.


Sarah has a PhD in Chemical Engineering and has previous experience of working in industry, teaching undergraduate engineering students, working for the Higher Education Academy - Engineering Subject Centre and directing the LTSN MathsTEAM project. Sarah is also heavily involved in developing the mathcentre website and the mathtutor resources.

Websites that may be of interest:


mathcentre -

mathtutor -

Higher Education Academy - Maths, Stats and OR Network -

For More Information: Alex Keay tel. 8344-1791,