New LJMU Mathematics Resource and Support Centre
13 April 2012
After successfully bidding for a grant from the HE-STEM programme, the University is pleased to announce the opening of the new 'Mathematics Resource and Support Centre'.
The service aims to support LJMU students with any mathematics or numeracy-related query, and improve their confidence and attainment in mathematics, whatever the level. The 'mathematics problem' in the UK is widely acknowledged and deep-seated, indeed many students struggle with the numerate aspects in a range of subjects, not just in the 'obviously' mathematically demanding engineering and science courses.
The new centre, based in Rooms 1.09 and 1.11 of the Henry Cotton Building, is already in operation and has welcomed its first student customers. It is usually open between 11.00am and 3.00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during Semester and Tuesdays and Thursdays during vacations.
However, please check website for up to date details at: http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/studysupport/75948.htm
All LJMU students are welcome to 'drop in' (no appointment is necessary) and we will advise on all mathematical topics. A Wimba-based one-to-one support service for off-campus students is also planned to commence shortly.
Work in the new centre is being coordinated by Andrew Fox from Student Advice and Wellbeing and Leslie Fletcher, Visiting Fellow at the SIGMA Centre for Excellence in Mathematics & Statistics Support at Coventry University http://www.sigma-cetl.ac.uk/
In his letter of support for the successful bid, LJMU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nigel Weatherill said:
"My own experience has convinced me of the value of such a support centre. … the evidence coming forward to demonstrate the effectiveness of these centres was overwhelming."
Over the next few months learning resources and publicity materials will be worked on to provide a comprehensive support service that will be available across the University at the beginning of the new academic year. Course leaders will have information to provide to new and returning students about the Maths Resource and Support Centre.
Talks suitable for induction programmes, or for the early weeks of module delivery, are being prepared to ensure students and academic staff become well informed about the range of mathematics support which is available.
In the meantime, the centre is already open for students to drop in.
For further information call Andrew Fox, tel: 0151 904 6066 or Leslie Fletcher, tel: 0151 231 4518