Teaching & Learning


Addressing the Maths Gap in Biosciences 4 April

04 April 2019, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

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You will discuss how discuss how competence and confidence in mathematics can be improved through targeted, module specific interactions in this session offered by Dr Alison Hill, University of Exeter.

Event Information

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UCL Arena Centre


Arena Room, 10th Floor
1-19 Torrington Place, London
United Kingdom

Thursday 04 April 13:00 - 14:00 

External speaker, Dr Alison Hill, University of Exeter is delivering this session, which is open to all staff at UCL interested in improving your students’ maths competence and confidence.

"The Wakeham Report (2016) described a ‘mathematics gap’ in Biological Science Degrees in the UK, resulting in poorer employment outcomes, including for students at high tariff institutions like Exeter.

It concluded that it was better to integrate mathematics into the curriculum rather than impose an absolute requirement for A level maths or offering catch up modules.  

This session will:

  • explore ways to integrate mathematics into the curriculum
  • discuss three case studies which looked to remove the maths gap.

After attending this session you will 

  • understand how to embed mathematics into your teaching and learning

  • be able to use smart worksheets and understand how they can be used formatively

  • Know how to use NUMBAS and how it can be used and embedded into online classroom to provide interactive questions and instant feedback to your students

  • Understand how to improve maths skills and confidence in students

Who should attend 

You should attend if you are a member of UCL staff who teaches. 

Postgraduate Teaching Assistants and all early career educators will find this session particularly useful.

About the Speaker

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