Teaching and learning
We use a combination of teaching and learning approaches to ensure that all students, regardless of background and experience, get the most out of their studies.
Lectures are supported by a selection of problems classes, coursework and private study. Some modules also include computer practicals or laboratory work.
Through this approach, students have the opportunity to develop more than just academic knowledge:
- refine their communication and presentation skills
- improve their use of information technology
- become more independent and organised
Listening to students
The Learning Community Forum (LCF) provides students with a forum in which to have a constructive say about how their course operates.
The committee consists of both staff and student representatives from the School of Mathematical Sciences.
It gives students an opportunity to raise any issues affecting teaching, learning and student support as well as providing an opportunity for students to receive feedback directly from staff.
Support for students
All students in the School of Mathematical Sciences have a personal tutor who guides their studies as well as helping with the selection of modules that match interests and ambitions.
Tutors take an interest in students' personal and academic development and can offer guidance and encouragement in their studies.
The School has a dedicated Teaching Officer, to help first year students with the transition to studying mathematics at university.
Our Teaching Officer is available to help with any aspect of the core mathematics programme as well as general and study-related issues, including adapting to university life and being away from home.
Peer mentoring scheme
The Peer-Assisted Study Support (PASS) programme is designed to support students in their transition to university-level mathematics.
During regular timetabled sessions PASS leaders provide students with mentoring to help them develop important mathematical skills that will be useful throughout their course.
PASS helps the school to maintain a good sense of community and many of the students who participate in PASS sessions during their first year then apply to become a PASS leader in the following year.
PASS leaders enhance their own employability skills, such as teamwork, leadership and communication. Becoming a PASS leader also gives students the chance to gain recognition through the Nottingham Advantage Award.
"I became a PASS leader in my second year, tutoring first year students every fortnight. I really enjoyed attending these sessions during my first-year so I wanted to support others by running them in my second year, they really help encourage student interaction"