The next Recruitment and Admissions Committee meeting will be in the Hopper Room at the IET, Savoy Place, London

The annual Recruitment and Admissions Forum took place at the Hertha Ayrton STEM Centre, Sheffield Hallam University on 14th November 2018 convened by EPC Recruitment and Admissions Committee Chair, Dr Georgina Harris. Many thanks to SHU for hosting us this year (if you would like to discuss hosting in future, please contact us).

This year’s forum focused on four key strands of admissions: attraction, recruitment, admission and retention. Each theme included both presentations and workshops, with time for discussion and sharing best practice. Plus, for the first time this year, we welcomed lunchtime delegate posters, where information on current and upcoming exciting work across each of these strands were showcased.

 

The Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP) is holding a one-day event in Manchester on 21st March 2017.

The aim of the day is to discuss the major developments in level 3 mathematics and the implications of these changes for recruitment of undergraduates. New A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics specifications begin first teaching in September 2017. Along with the other reformed A levels these will be linear courses with AS grades no longer counting towards the A level grade. In summer 2016 almost 3000 students took the new Core Maths qualifications, which are designed to extend students’ mathematical skills beyond GCSE, focusing on problem-solving and modelling.

The event will be of particular interest to departmental admissions tutors, heads of department, directors of studies for 1st year courses, widening participation coordinators and outreach coordinators. By attending the event you will have more detailed information about the changes and the potential impact they may have on the curriculum offered to 16-19 year old students in England.

There will be opportunities to discuss with colleagues how HEIs can respond to these changes and provide clear signals to schools and colleges, students and their parents, to encourage appropriate mathematical preparation for different degree subjects.

There is no charge for attendance. The event is on 21st March 2017 at Manchester Meeting Place, Staff House, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3AL. To book your place please follow this link here (booking for this event is now closed). If you have any queries or for more information email: admin@furthermaths.org.uk You can download the flyer or a document on the Health of Further Maths.

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED

Guests of Honour
A senior speaker confirmed from the Department for Education
Professor Sir Adrian Smith, Vice Chancellor, University of London and Lead, 16-18 Mathematics Review

Please note the date of this seminar has changed.
Timed to follow the publication of Sir Adrian Smith’s review into the potential for improving the quality and increasing the scale of the study of mathematics from 16 to 18, this seminar will consider the next steps for reforming maths qualifications post-16.

Delegates will discuss issues including whether maths should be made compulsory for students until the age of 18 and ensuring that the future workforce has appropriate mathematical and quantitative skills. They will also consider steps that need to be taken to overcome barriers to increased provision and take-up of Mathematics post-16, including teacher supply and financial constraints.

The implementation of the new Mathematics A-levels will also be discussed, following the publication of specifications and ahead of the start of teaching in September 2017. Attendees will assess the impact of the new linear structure of the A-levels, as well as their altered emphasis and content.
Further sessions will consider measures to tackle the ongoing recruitment and retention issues in maths teaching, highlighted by the recent AoC and TES survey and the additional demand on the profession posed by the proposals for students failing to achieve a ‘good pass’ at GCSE to retake the exams.

For further details and to book your place, follow link Central London (booking for this event is now closed).

The Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP) is holding a one-day event in London on 29th November 2016 at the Imperial Hotel, 61-66 Russell Square, London WC1B 5BB.

The aim of the day is to discuss the major developments in level 3 mathematics and the implications of these changes for recruitment of undergraduates. New A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics specifications begin first teaching in September 2017. Along with the other reformed A levels these will be linear courses with AS grades no longer counting towards the A level grade. In summer 2016 almost 3000 students took the new Core Maths qualifications, which are designed to extend students’ mathematical skills beyond GCSE, focusing on problem-solving and modelling.

The event will be of particular interest to departmental admissions tutors, heads of department, directors of studies for 1st year courses, widening participation coordinators and outreach coordinators. By attending the event you will have more detailed information about the changes and the potential impact they may have on the curriculum offered to 16-19 year old students in England. There will be opportunities to discuss with colleagues how HEIs can respond to these changes and provide clear signals to schools and colleges, students and their parents, to encourage appropriate mathematical preparation for different degree subjects.
There is no charge for attendance.

To book your place please follow this link http://bit.ly/2apHyvn (booking for this event is now closed). If you have any queries or for more information email: admin@furthermaths.org.uk

The annual Recruitment and Admissions Forum took place at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on 11th November 2015 convened by EPC Recruitment and Admissions sub Committee chair, Professor Mike Bramhall and Deputy Chair, Dr Georgina Harris.

Colleagues from Primary Engineer, IMechE, the Baker Dearing Trust and Sheffield Hallam University joined delegates to share details of their activities to encourage the study of engineering.  We then spent some time considering the emerging routes and alternatives to the “traditional” undergraduate degree, ably stimulated by a presentation on Higher Apprenticeships at JCB, given by Miles Pixley.  This was followed by an update on the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Engineering Talent Project presented by Dr Rhys Morgan and Fiona Samson. Finally Dr Geoff Parks of the University of Cambridge and Chair of the EPC’s Entry to Engineering in HE Advisory Panel gave a presentation on numerous and complex changes planned across the devolved administrations on Entry Level Qualifications.

Executive Director Susan Kay also delivered a presentation on the results of the EPC’s 2015/16 early survey of enrolments (both postgraduate taught and undergraduate) to engineering at member institutions.

The speakers’ presentations may be downloaded here and members may access a range of student enrolments, application trends and analysis via the Data explorer.

Programme   Download presentation
Recruitment: Outreach Perspectives – Primary Engineer Harriet Langdale, Primary Engineer pdf_icon
Recruitment: Outreach Perspectives –
IMechE Big ideas in engineering education
Peter Finegold, IMechE  pdf_icon
Recruitment: Outreach Perspectives –
IMechE Design Challenge
Dr David Ball, IMechE pdf_icon
Recruitment: Outreach Perspectives –
Baker Dearing Trust (UTCs)
Peter Wylie, UTC pdf_icon
Recruitment: Outreach Perspectives –
International postgraduate recruitment and support for students
Dharam Shadija/Mike Bramhall, Sheffield Hallam University pdf_icon
Results of EPC Early Enrolments Survey 2015 Susan Kay, Executive Director, Engineering Professors’ Council pdf_icon
Higher Apprenticeships at JCB Miles Pixley, General Manager, JCB pdf_icon
Changes to Entry Level Qualifications Dr Geoff Parks, University of Cambridge pdf_icon

Coming as the HE sector prepares for the introduction of student loans for taught postgraduate students in 2016, and as those in receipt of HEFCE’s interim bursaries begin their programmes, delegates will consider the impact that postgraduate loans will have on student numbers across universities and courses, including the progression of these students to PGR level study.
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