Postgraduate Teaching Assistant
Mr Adam Townsend, UCL Department of Mathematics
"In teaching a mathematical methods course for UCL’s new BASc, I faced a challenge: how do you bring a traditional mathematics education to such an innovative programme? Engagement using social media has been a wonderful answer, providing lively forums throughout the year as well as allowing some interesting micromanaging. Setting up peer-learning sessions over breakfast worked out fantastically for both understanding and communication skills. I was keen to exploit the wealth of online learning material as well, complementing my lectures and preparing students for an international world. And in following education trends, I was able to trial new classroom techniques and get immediate feedback. As ever, thanks go to both the mathematics and BASc departments for their endless support, and of course my MATH1403 students, who are truly stars and a pleasure to teach."