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1 1Introduction to the Programme – Michael Grove 2Maths Support – Moira Petrie 3Curriculum Development – Peter Rowlett 4Widening Participation – Hazel Kendrick 5Employer Engagement – Makhan Singh

2 HE STEM Overview The National HE STEM Programme supports Higher Education Institutions in encouraging the exploration of new approaches to recruiting students and delivering programmes of study within the STEM disciplines. It enables the transfer of best practice across the Higher Education STEM sector, facilitates its wider adoption, and encourages innovation. Through collaboration and shared-working, the Programme focuses upon sustainable activities to achieve long-term impact within the Higher Education sector.

3 Key principles The National HE STEM Programme supports Higher Education Institutions in encouraging the exploration of new approaches to recruiting students and delivering programmes of study within the STEM disciplines. It enables the transfer of best practice across the Higher Education STEM sector, facilitates its wider adoption, and encourages innovation. Through collaboration and shared-working, the Programme focuses upon sustainable activities to achieve long-term impact within the Higher Education sector.

4 Strategy

5 Delivery model ScopingIdea ActionEvaluationDissemination AdaptationEmbedding 12 34 5 6 7 Concept Practice & Delivery Sustainability

6 Engagement & Collaboration Activities within approximately 60HEIs in England and Wales – more have engaged –15 of the 17 Russell Group HEIs engaged in the Programme. –10 HEIs from the 1994 Group –43 HEIs on Spoke Steering Groups –Over 1500 participants at STEM activities in last quarter Collaborative working between HEIs – extensive –Delivery of regional higher level skills activity –Collaborative projects –Collaboration between partners

7 Examples of impact “I'm delighted a project involving HE, FE, industry and professional bodies has just secured funding from the National STEM HE programme to embed nuclear power-related skills in degree courses at English and Welsh institutions....” David Willetts – March 2011 BBC website – June 2010

8 The ‘M’ in STEM Recognition that Mathematics is a priority for STEM and as a discipline in its own right. Specific strand of activity but embedded components throughout other areas of Programme work. Additional mathematics (specific) activity: over £345k. Increasing the number of ‘engagers’.

9 1Introduction to the whole programme – Michael Grove 2Maths Support – Moira Petrie 3Curriculum Development – Peter Rowlett 4Widening Participation – Hazel Kendrick 5Employer Engagement – Makhan Singh

10 The sigma network Developing a network of mathematics support practitioners across the UK

11 Current state of support provision In 2004, 62 % of universities surveyed (66 out of 106) provided some kind of support In 2010, 75% of these universities (79 out of the original 106) now provide some kind of support PLUS an additional 8 HEIs have started to deliver support provision Practice is variable –drop in centres, peripatetic support –Some based in Mathematics depts, some within central services –Support for specific groups of students, university wide support Strong links to institutional agendas, such as WP, DANS, mature students etc.

12 6 regional hubs Liz Meenan (Leeds) Chetna Patel (Sheffield) David Bowers (University Campus Suffolk) Martin Greenhow (Brunel) Janet Strivens (Liverpool) Jane White (Bath) Tony Croft (Loughborough) Duncan Lawson (Coventry)

13 CETL-MSOR Conference Annual conference will continue for 2011 and 2012 5 th & 6 th September 2011 at Coventry University

14 Pilot to support work-based learners Under development – pilot project with University of Northampton Online maths support day-release students in their work place Possible second pilot with Jaguar Land Rover in initial discussions

15 Further information For more information, please email moira@sigma-network.ac.uk

16 1Introduction to the whole programme – Michael Grove 2Maths Support – Moira Petrie 3Curriculum Development – Peter Rowlett 4Widening Participation – Hazel Kendrick 5Employer Engagement – Makhan Singh

17 Mathematical Sciences HE Curriculum Innovation Project Findings from the HE Mathematics Curriculum Summit and details of a £150,000 funding call in Mathematical Sciences HE Curriculum Innovation Peter Rowlett, MSOR Network

18 HE Mathematics Curriculum Summit Took place January 2011 Reps from 26 mathematics departments (~50% in England & Wales) Education representatives from the IMA, RSS, OR Soc and CMS; members of the National HE STEM Programme, sigma and the MSOR Network; and several individuals

19 Manuscript available online www.mathstore.ac.uk/hestem Currently being prepared for printing Will be sent to all HoDs who got a Summit invite & others Findings report

20 The Summit made a set of recommendations for priorities for funding in curriculum development These have been taken forward in the Third Call for funding, open until 13 th May 2011 This is a series of work briefs and some open call Funding call

21 Headlines: –Problem Solving (£50,000) –Assessment (£50,000) –Industrial problems for the HE curriculum (£30,000) –Culture of being a mathematician (£10,000) –Views of graduates on the HE curriculum (£5,000) –plus open call for projects of £10,000 each Funding call

22 Peter Rowlett p.rowlett@bham.ac.uk www.mathstore.ac.uk/hestem Meetings: –Cardiff, Greenwich & Manchester Met already gone –York 18 th April; Birmingham 19 th April & Bath 10 th May Further details

23 1Introduction to the whole programme – Michael Grove 2Maths Support – Moira Petrie 3Curriculum Development – Peter Rowlett 4Widening Participation – Hazel Kendrick 5Employer Engagement – Makhan Singh

24 Widening Participation Hazel Kendrick HE STEM Programme Project Officer Institute of Maths and Its Applications Based at the University of Leeds Hazel.kendrick@ima.org.uk

25 1. Disseminating what was learnt during More Maths Grads Eight workshops in six regions Menu of Activities –14 funded maths projects Maths at Work DVD and guide

26 2. Sharing good practice amongst the maths community Survey of Maths Department Outreach work – over 30 contributions Collection of case studies of maths department student ambassador schemes

27 3. Maths Careers Fair Kits Large Kit – available to loan from IMA Small Kit – A kit will be offered to each HE Maths department in England and Wales

28 1Introduction to the whole programme – Michael Grove 2Maths Support – Moira Petrie 3Curriculum Development – Peter Rowlett 4Widening Participation – Hazel Kendrick 5Employer Engagement – Makhan Singh

29 Programme activities take place across three related strands: 1. Widening participation within the STEM disciplines at university level, by supporting HEIs to work with those currently within the school and FE sectors; 2. Higher Education curriculum developments focusing upon course delivery and design and student support, to enhance student knowledge, progression and skills; 3. Encouraging those currently within the workforce and society without a prior university-level qualification to engage with further study to develop enhanced knowledge and skills. Employer Engagement

30 Employer Engagement examples to date: 1.Industrial Group set up with several employers (BAE Systems; Unilever; NHS) to review the maths degree at London Met with Pargat Calay. Process will be filmed for dissemination. 2.A booklet entitled ‘Where the maths you learn is used’ has been produced by QMUL (partly funded project with the IMA) and has been disseminated to over 20 HoDs; the booklet makes explicit links from the mathematics (HE) curriculum to applications in science, technology, business and industry. A DVD entitled ‘What Employers want from maths grads’ has also be sent out to over 20 HoDs. 3. DVD of 5 films; with 5 different STEM employers; showcasing the application of maths in engineering and career profile interviews.

31 4.Dissemination of Employer related MMG outputs; a.UWE project (Kevin Golden) titled; ‘Developing mathematical and statistical skills in the engineering workplace’; b.Bolton project (Charles Lee) titled; ‘What makes a Mathematics Degree work for Mature and Part time Students?’; c.Sheffield Hallam University (Neil Challis/Mike Robinson/Mike Thomlinson); ‘Good Ideas Guide’; Above have been disseminated at various workshops. All have also been filmed presenting their findings; this film will be disseminated later this year via DVD & You tube.

32 5. MMG Box – set of school resources from ‘more maths grads’; training STEMNET Ambassadors (who work in schools); a. Planning to give EDF Energy new graduates ‘train the trainer’ session; b. 30 employers through STEMNET ambassador scheme in the South East have been trained 6. Assisting HEI Maths departments in bids to Spoke and Hub funding calls; Facilitating and Advising (e.g. James Hind, Nottingham Trent; Jeremy Levesley, Leicester).

33 PTP’s The HE STEM Practice Transfer Partnerships will consist of a lead organisation, with proven existing expertise, that undertakes to work collaboratively with other HEIs in the Partnership by directly supporting and enabling them to embed the proven practices into their work. The activities of each Partnership should commence in May/June 2011 and be funded until the end of the Programme in July 2012. The Programme has provisionally allocated up to £75,000 per Lead At this stage, the Programme is seeking to identify those lead HEIs or organisations who have proven expertise they wish to transfer more widely across the HE STEM sector. At this stage, we are not seeking to identify all HEIs within a Partnership, only the leads. Once you have compiled your submission, this should be sent to info@HESTEM.ac.uk by 1700 on the 8 April 2011.

34 PTP’s Have supported HEI’s in their EOI’s; Neil Challis at SHU Jim Tabor at Coventry University Alison Hooper at UWE Edmund Chadwick at Salford Andrew Osbaldestin at Portsmouth

35 PTP’s - Adopters Adopting good practice from programme (up to £10k); Large Scale Careers kit; purchase with training (rather than loan from IMA).

36 Do you have an Employer Engagement project you would like to develop or showcase your good practice? Contact: makhan.singh@ima.org.uk Way Forward

37 Questions and Answers for the Group


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