Heads of Department of Mathematical Sciences
MINUTES OF COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 12 FEBRUARY 1996 AT 13.30 IN THE
DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS AT UCL
Present: Graham Wilks (Keele) in the Chair, Michael Atkinson
(St Andrews), Martin Everett (Greenwich), Ken Houston (Ulster),
Allan Norcliffe (Sheffield Hallam), Alan Ryley (Glamorgan), Chris
Wright (Middlesex) and Alan Zinober (Sheffield). Also present were
Dr Ekkehard Kopp (subsequently coopted), and coopted members Dr A M
Lepper (IMA), Professor K Brown (LMS) and Professor D G Crighton
(ACTIONS ON ITEMS BY BRACKETED, INITIALLED INDIVIDUALS)
David Larman, Stephen Ryrie (late) and Donald Davison. Valerie
Isham deputised for Adrian Smith.
2. Minutes and Notes of AGM held on 14 September 1995
It was noted that HoDoMS had paid for the lunch. An electronic
version of the minutes would be posted on MATHSHEADS.(CCW)
The minutes were then approved.
3. Matters Arising
The following members had accepted cooption:
Prof KA Brown, Glasgow
Prof DG Crighton, Cambridge
Dr A Lepper, IMA
Prof AFM Smith, Imperial College, London
Dr Ekkehard Kopp was proposed for and accepted cooption at the meeting.
Min 5 EPSRC/learned societies: it was reported by David Crighton
that Geoff Richards of EPSRC was anxious for EPSRC to consult the
learned societies. He would copy comments of the minutes of the
recent CPAM meeting to the HoDoMS committee for
The next meeting would allow some time for reports from the coopted
members on research and research funding.
4. Financial matters
4.1 The Treasurer, Martin Everett, reported on the 1994/95 accounts
which are reproduced below.
4.2 It was agreed that Martin Everett and Graham Wilks would
initiate the call for 1996-7 subscriptions.
5. Annual General Meeting 28 May, 1996, at UCL
This would be an interim meeting bridging the full meetings in
September 1995 and March 1997. Chair suggested a theme carrying
forward the Howson Report 'Tackling the mathematics problem'.
The Committee agreed the following outline programme:
11.00 Committee Meeting
12.30 Annual General Meeting
14.00 Afternoon Meeting
Possible speakers were suggested, including:
Royal Society Mathematics Instructional Sub-Committee
SCAA Official (Chief Executive Nick Tate or Richard Browne)
Ralph Smith (Jaguar) representing Engineering Council
Kath Cross (HMI)
The Chairman would pursue some or all of the above.(GW)
6. MATHSKILLS Network
6.1. Ekkehard Kopp summarised progress with the Mathskills bid,
which had been successful. He expressed the hope that the network
would become self-sustaining beyond the 2-year life of the support
6.2. The Chairman asked for support from members for this venture.
Committee agreed a subvention of 2000 per annum initially to be
reviewed at the March 1997 AGM.CCW
7. AGM/Conference 24-25 March 1997
This would be a 2-day event at which HoDoMs would act as a catalyst
involving other bodies, (including MATHSKILLS), probably restricted
to 120 delegates.
The Chairman intended to target prominent speakers including
possible coverage of quality audit. There would need to be a small
programme committee - Ken Houston, Ekkehard Kopp, Graham Wilks,
Alan Ryley and Chris Wright.
8. School Curriculum Assessment Agency (SCAA) Conference
Stephen Ryrie gave a verbal report of the proceedings. While SCAA
had always stressed that Maths Departments in HEIs represented only
one cataegory of school mathematics 'users', there were signs of a
broader concensus over at least some issues.
9. Roles of Committee Members
Joint Mathematical Council: The Chairman reported on recent
activities of the Joint Mathematical Council and suggested we
develop a stronger relationship with them. John Berry had been
HoDoMS representative on the Executive Committee and Martin Everett
likewise within the Higher Education Section (now disbanded).
Stephen Ryrie agreed to act as HoDoMs representative and a channel
of communication with JMC (and would forward their minutes). (SR)
SCAA: The representative at the forthcoming seminar on 'A level
mental mathematics' on 25 March would be Allan Norcliffe.
Undergraduate Mathematics Teaching Conference (UMTC): we already
have strong representation.
Competitions: it was useful to keep in touch with the many school
competitions now taking place. Alan Zinober agreed to act as the
focus for information.(AZ)
British Association for Advancement of Science (BAAS): Ekkehard Kopp
had a contact.
SET 96: An approach would be made to have maths/statistics
included in the title via Anne Campbell and the SET Executive.
10. Pupil Research Initiative
A stronger maths input was needed. Allan Norcliffe and Graham Wilks
would pursue this with Bill Harrison.(AN,GW)
11. Next meetings
16 September, 1996, at UCLCCW
13 January, 1997 (venue to be decided). (CCW)
12. Any other business
12.1. Ken Houston reported that he was a member of several
committees of the Royal Irish Academy and that he would liaise with
them. The 'World Mathematics Year 2000' initiative might be a
useful area for cooperation. A directory of Irish mathematicians
was being set up on the World Wide Web.
12.2. We would use the internet to distribute committee
documentation to committee members, and also the HoDoMS homepage
(MATHSHEADS) to distribute them more widely.
12.3. Ekkehard Kopp said that the CPAM had received useful
clarification from the RAE Applied Maths Panel and a similar
approach on behalf of pure maths might be useful.
12.4. Martin Everett said that the postgraduate awards mechanism
had created problems and the HoDoMS group should look for
alternative models and put them forward to Geoff Richards at EPSRC.
The meeting closed at 15.45.
Accounts for 1994/95
Balance brought forward from 1993/94 10,882.40
Subscriptions for 1994/95
(86 @ 100) 8,600.00
Committee Expenses 872.36
JMC Subscriptions 1994/95 80.00
September Conference 1,969.35