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sigma-sw regional hub meeting: Graduate numeracy tests

University of Bath

Date/time: Wednesday 16th July 2014, 11:00-16:00

The main focus of the meeting was to consider how mathematics support centres may assist students with improving their numeracy when their end goal is to improve performance on graduate numeracy tests. Such tests are used in a wide range of industries and taken by placement and graduate applicants during their time at University. The main goal of the day was to consider students' experience of numeracy during their degree, how it affects their employability and how maths support services may assist.


11:00 Arrival, refreshments and welcome
11:15 "How do you love maths? It's horrible." Exploring some of our challenges., Naureen Durrani, Lecturer in International Education and Development, University of Sussex and formerly of Every Student Counts: Promoting Numeracy and Enhancing Employability a three year project led by the University of Central Lancashire (funded by HEFCE, managed by the HEA)
12:00 How tests are used by graduate recruiters and how the Careers Service helps students to prepare, Laura Lawrence, Careers Adviser, University of Bath
12:45 Lunch and informal networking
13:45 Assessing numerical proficiency for analytical roles in the financial services sector, Matthew Jones, Senior Risk Manager, Retail Modelling & Credit Cards, Nationwide Building Society
14:30 What, when and how? Devising strategies for supporting numeracy. Structured discussion and sharing of practice in groups, led by Janice Richards, MEI Programme Leader (Industry), Mathematics in Education and Industry and Emma Cliffe, MASH Development Officer, University of Bath. Refreshments available.
16:00 Departure

The meeting was held at the University of Bath, a light lunch and refreshments was provided.