# Guides resources

### Guides (13)

Activity Guide: An outdoor-inspired indoor mathematics experience

The Outdoor division at UCLan provides a team building residential Frontier Education course to many of the university's first year cohorts. It was noticed that within this course some of
the skills developed would not only foster better group cohesion, but also reflected some of the qualities desired from the mathematics undergraduates The chance to turn this idea into a project came with the Student Internship programme offered by sigma. This booklet is aimed at lecturers without prior knowledge of coaching theory but have the desire to approach the students development from a different direction. Developed by Andrew Burrell, Jo McCready, Zainab Munshi, Davide Penazzi.

evaluation of mathematics support centres - a review of the literature (sigma)

This sigma guide reviews published literature concerning the evaluation of mathematics support centres. There is a growing body of research studies, which have
looked into a number of areas such as: the establishment
of a MSC; the usage of MSCs and mechanisms for recording
usage data; feedback from students and staff and ways
to collect this; effects on achievement, pass rates and
retention rates; and the prevalence of MSCs in the higher
education sector. More recently researchers have begun
to examine the effects of MSCs on undergraduatesâ??
mathematics learning experiences and mathematical
confidence, and to address issues concerning students who
are â??at riskâ?? or underachieving and not engaging with the
facilities offered by their MSC.
This report reviews and synthesises all the available
published research evidence so that informed decisions can
be made about the value of mathematics support activity and
the targeting of future funding.

Gathering student feedback on mathematics and statistics support provision - A guide for those running mathematics support centres (sigma)

This sigma guide has been written for those who are responsible for managing mathematics support centres. It is the culmination of a project involving staff from many support centres around the UK. Authored by Dr David Green, Mathematics Education Centre, Loughborough University, it contains a wealth of advice and information for those who want to gather student feedback, and contains examples of forms which are currently being used.

Getting Started in Pedagogic Research within the STEM Disciplines (HE STEM)

This guide edited by Michael Grove and Tina Overton has been developed for those looking to begin pedagogic research within the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Its purpose is to provide an accessible introduction to pedagogic research along with a practical
guide containing hints and tips on how to get started. The guide was produced following a series of national workshops and conferences that were started in
2011 by the National HE STEM Programme and continued in 2012 with the support of the Higher Education Academy.

Getting started with data manipulation in Microsoft Excel

This is one of four "Getting started with ..." developed by Cheryl Voake-Jones and Emma Cliffe from the Mathematics Resources Centre at the University of Bath covering equations in Microsoft Excel. The resource includes an audio tutorial with transcript and associated files. These resources were developed with funding from sigma.

Getting started with effective entry of equations in Microsoft Word

This is one of four "Getting started with ..." developed by Cheryl Voake-Jones and Emma Cliffe from the Mathematics Resources Centre at the University of Bath covering equations in Word. The resource includes an audio tutorial with transcript and associated files. These resources were developed with funding from sigma.

Getting started with LaTeX

This is one of four "Getting started with ..." developed by Cheryl Voake-Jones and Emma Cliffe from the Mathematics Resources Centre at the University of Bath covering LaTeX. The resource includes an audio tutorial with transcript and associated files. These resources were developed with funding from sigma.

Good Practice in the Provision of Mathematics Support Centres (LTSN)

A second edition of the popular LTSN funded guide for those interested in the establishment and development of Mathematics Support Centres in universities and other institutes of higher education. Authors: Lawson, D., Croft, A.C. and Halpin, M.

How to setup a mathematics and statistics support provision guide (sigma)

This sigma guide is intended for anyone who is interested in setting up or enhancing a mathematics and/or statistics support provision. Authored by Ciaran Mac an Bhaird and Duncan Lawson, the guide covers the nature of mathematics and statistics support, staffing, resources, funding, supporting neurodiversity and provides references to literature in the field.

Learning support in mathematics and statistics in Australian universities: a guide for the university sector (ALTC)

This Guide is based on findings from a project funded by The Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC). After discussion on the history, nature and roles of learning support in mathematics and statistics in Australia, it synthesizes the findings of the project to provide information for the university sector on the need for, and the provision of, such support. The project was funded by the ALTC's Leadership for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Program. The title of the project was Quantitative diversity: disciplinary and cross-disciplinary mathematics and statistics support in Australian universities, and its aim was to develop national capacity and collaboration in cross-disciplinary mathematics and statistics learning support to enhance student learning and confidence.

mathematics learning support in UK higher education - the extent of provision in 2012 (sigma)

This sigma guide reports on a survey conducted in 2012 to deteremine the number of UK universities that offer some form of mathemathics support and the nature of their provision.

Setting up a maths support centre (HE STEM)

The focus of this HE STEM guide is to provide mathematics support to students across all STEM disciplines to ease the transition from School/College in to University. This is a key factor influencing drop-out from STEM degrees and a targeted provision for mathematics support is a proven way to counter this. It includes cases studies from the Universities of Coventry, Portsmouth, York. Lincoln and Kent and articulates the experiences of the two Sigma Directors Professor Duncan Lawson, Coventry University and Professor Tony Croft, Loughborough University joint winners of the 2011 Times Higher Award for Outstanding Support for Students

Tutoring in a Mathematics Support Centre - A Guide for Postgraduate Tutors (sigma)

This sigma Guide is written for postgraduate students who are working in, or who want to work in, mathematics support centres. It distils the wisdom of seven people, who have many years of experience in mathematics education and in the work of support centres, into a practical resource for postgraduate students. In addition, it contains activities which can be used during training sessions to simulate working in a mathematics support centre. The guide is edited by Tony Croft and Michael Grove and authored by A.C.Croft, J.W.Gillard, M.J.Grove, J.Kyle, A.Owen, P.C.Samuels and R.H.Wilson.

### Staff Resources (1)

And the winner is... mathematics support

At the Times Higher Awards ceremony
on 24th November 2011, it was
announced that Loughborough and
Coventry Universities had won the
award for Outstanding Support for
Students, in recognition of the work
of sigma, Centre for Excellence in
University-wide mathematics and
statistics support.
Whilst sigma at Coventry and Loughborough Universities received the award, the real winner was mathematics and statistics support across the country. In this booklet,
we outline how sigma's work has contributed to the growing recognition of the importance of mathematics and statistics support and to the development of a national and international community of practitioners. Authors : Ciaran Mac an Bhaird and Duncan Lawson