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Tony Croft Director Mathematics Education Centre Loughborough University

Tony Croft Director Mathematics Education Centre Loughborough University. A Centre for Excellence in the University-wide Provision of Mathematics and Statistics Support a collaborative CETL with the Mathematics Support Centre at Coventry University. Background.

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Tony Croft Director Mathematics Education Centre Loughborough University

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  1. Tony Croft Director Mathematics Education Centre Loughborough University A Centre for Excellence in the University-wide Provision of Mathematics and Statistics Supporta collaborative CETL withthe Mathematics Support Centre at Coventry University.

  2. Background • Loughborough University has been developing mathematics support since 1996 • Coventry’s Centre began as the BP Centre in 1991

  3. Background • In 2002 LU established the Mathematics Education Centre • teaches mathematics to most engineers • offers university-wide maths support • has significant income from externally-funded teaching and learning projects • is developing a programme of pedagogic research

  4. Background • In association with the former LTSN’s CU and LU have collaborated extensively: • mathcentre • mathtutor • Good Practice in the Provision of Mathematics Support Centres • LTSN MathsTEAM • DDIG

  5. The Centre at Loughborough

  6. The CETL • The CETL will build upon this excellence to establish first rate mathematics support facilities for students at LU, CU and beyond. • The CETL will make a substantial contribution to the well-documented problems associated with mathematics at the transition to University.

  7. The CETL • It is worth £4.5m. • £2m capital • £2.5m recurrent (over 5 years)

  8. Developments within Loughborough • open a second drop-in centre • open two interactive classrooms • teach vulnerable groups in small classes making good use of learning technologies • develop statistical consultancy • develop support for students with special needs • develop pedagogical research

  9. Developments within Coventry • relocate and enhance the drop-in centre • open an interactive classroom • teach vulnerable groups in small classes making good use of learning technologies • develop statistics support • develop support for students with special needs • develop pedagogical research

  10. Developments beyond ….. • Support the development of a Centre at the University of Leeds and two other HEI’s. • Secondments in and out of the CETL. • Extensive programme of dissemination and active engagement with the Higher Education Academy (incl. annual conference and network publications, website, enhancement to mathcentre site)

  11. The Outcomes…. We intend: • that the CETL will raise the status of teaching and learning mathematics & statistics • to produce a thriving, world-class venture that is a model for the sector • to invigorate the learning of mathematics for many disaffected students.

  12. Contact…. • Tony Crofta.c.croft@lboro.ac.uk • Duncan Lawsond.lawson@coventry.ac.uk

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