A team at
The More Mathematics Graduates Project was launched earlier this year with the help of £3.3m of government funding to help solve the tricky problem of the fall in the number of students taking up the subject at university.
Between now and 2010, the researchers will look at what the courses contain, how students are assessed and how motivational the courses are.
‘The aim of the project is to improve the attainment of mathematics at
‘There is a great diversity between HEI maths courses, ranging from highly theoretical pure maths to practical, problem solving approaches. We are looking at the curriculum not just regionally but nationally as well,’ he added.
Figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) show that the overall number of students choosing mathematical sciences at degree level has dropped from 9,196 in 1998 to 7,985 in 2004, a 13 per cent drop.
Sheffield Hallam’s partners in the project are Queen Mary University of London,