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sigma-sw regional hub meeting

Diagnostic testing for the mathematical sciences

January 21 2010

Portsmouth University

The use of diagnostic tests to assess the mathematical skills of students entering university is widespread, both for those who wish to study mathematical sciences and for those whose degree programme is highly quantitative. The practicalities of setting up large scale testing, combined with effective support following the testing, present significant challenges. This meeting will provide an opportunity to learn how effective diagnostic testing has been implemented in several HEI and to discuss the problems and issues surrounding effective testing.

Preliminary Schedule

11am Arrival and coffee

11.15am Colin Steele (Manchester)

12.00 Douglas Quinney (Keele)

12.45pm Lunch

2.00pm Martin Greenhow (Brunel)

2.45pm Alison White & colleagues (Maths Café , Portsmouth)

The meeting is being hosted by the Maths Café at the University of Portsmouth which is one of the core hub members. If you would like to attend the meeting please complete an application form and return it by email to

Details of the specific location for the meeting and the individual talks will be issued in the New Year.

Click here for an application form.