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sigma-sw Regional Hub Meeting

Undergraduate Projects in Mathematics

06 April 2011

University of the West of England, Bristol

Many degree programmes in Mathematics and Statistics include a final year project or dissertation, either as part of the core or as an option. A project module provides excellent teaching and learning opportunities both for staff and for students, but it also presents several challenges, especially given the current UK higher education context. This meeting will provide a forum in which a variety of key issues related to the running of project modules may be discussed. These issues include - but are not restricted to - the following: dealing with increasing student numbers and decreasing staff resources; different models for running project modules; suitable project topics; online assessment tools; the role of the internet; employability; developing key skills; preparing students for a project module; how can diverse mathematical or statistical project topics be assessed fairly and equitably?; the role of group work.

Preliminary Schedule
1045      Arrival and Refreshments
1115      James Vickers (University of Southampton)
1220      Lunch and Informal Discussions
1330      Edmund Chadwick (University of Salford)
1430      Short Contributions and Round Table Discussions
1545      Refreshments and Departure

If you would like to attend the meeting, then please complete an application form, and return it by email to

Details of the specific location for the meeting and titles for the contributions will be issued in the near future.