Committee Meeting held at 11.00 on 28 May 1996 in the Mathematics
Department, University College London
Heads of Department of Mathematical Sciences
Present:Mike Atkinson (St Andrews), Donald Davison (Queen's), Martin
Everett (Greenwich), Ken Houston (Ulster), Ekkehard Kopp (Hull),
Adrian Lepper (IMA), Alan Norcliffe (Sheffield Hallam), Alan Ryley
(Glamorgan), Stephen Ryrie (West of England), Graham Wilks (Keele),
Chris Wright (Middlesex), Alan Zinober (Sheffield).
1. The Chairman welcomed as visitors Chris Robson (Leeds
University, Chairman of JMC) and Neil Gordon (Hull).
2. Minutes of the Committee Meeting 12 February 1996
3. Matters arising:
4.1. This item had been dealt with.
6.4. Also dealt with.
8. Amended: Stephen Ryrie had given a written report.
9. Allan Norcliffe tabled a report on the SCAA seminar 'A' level
3. Ekkehard Kopp pointed out that his cooption at the 12 February
meeting was unconstitutional. This would be looked at. CCW
4. Chairman's report
4.1 Graham Wilks reported on the arrangements he had made for
speakers at the Annual Conference.
4.2 The MATHSKILLS award had been confirmed.
4.3 He also drew attention to the LMS leaflet describing careers for
5. Treasurer's report
Martin Everett proposed to roll forward the 1995-96 accounts to the
6. MATHSKILLS update
Ekkehard Kopp reported progress with the MATHSKILLS project. He
had contacted Pam Bishop of CTI and they would continue to liaise.
7. AGM and Conference 1997
Graham Wilks had written to the government Chief Scientific Advisor,
Sir Robert May, (attached) inviting him to speak at the proposed
conference at Keele on 24-25 March 1997. He had accepted. The
Conference theme would be drawing together the various parties
representing the somewhat fragmented mathematics community.
8. News from representatives
(i) Chris Robson had prepared a note discussing the JMC's paper on
CPD for school teachers.
(ii) MMaths and MPhys regulations: Chris Robson tabled a paper
drawing attention to the Department for Education and Employment's
repudiation of the 4th year of a MMaths/MPhys degree as an add-on to
a 3 year programme (attached). A discussion followed in which it
was recognised that the integrity of the MMaths degree must be
maintained in the face of financial pressures and increasing tension
with credit accumulation and modular frameworks. He would draft a
joint letter to members from the three leading bodies concerned.
The matter would be raised again at a future committee meeting to
develop recommendations or advice to member institutions for framing
their regulations to be compatible with Department for Education and
(iii) Chris Robson was a member of a Royal Society Working Group.
9. World Wide Web - advertising
This item was deferred to the next committee meeting so that members
would have an opportunity to put together ideas.CCW
10. UCAS booklet for mathematics applicants
UCAS had asked individual members of the HoDoMS committee to
participate in the design.
11. Datasets for mathematics and computer science
This item was deferred to the next meeting.
12. Any other business
Martin Everett reported concerns with the RAE grading process. This
would be put on the agenda for the next committee meeting.CCW
13. Date of next meeting
16 September 1996 at 11 a.m.
Venue: Library, Mathematics Department at UCL.