Minutes of a meeting of the HoDoMS Committee
held in the Library, Department of Mathematics, University College London
on Monday 12 January 1998 at 1200 hrs.
Prof M Atkinson
Prof D Brannan (Chairman)
Dr J Erdos
Prof K Houston (Secretary)
Prof V Isham
Dr E Kopp
Dr A Lepper
Dr S Ryrie
Prof G Wilks
Prof A Zinober
1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence were received from
Prof D Crighton, Prof M Everett and Dr T Gethins.
2. WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS
The Chairman welcomed Dr John Erdos and
Prof Valerie Isham as the new LMS and RSS representatives, respectively,
on the committee. He thanked the previous representatives, Prof K Browne
and Prof Adrian Smith for their contributions to the work of the committee.
3. MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 22 September
1997 AT UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
The minutes of the meeting of 22 September
1997 were approved.
4. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES NOT
OTHERWISE ON THE AGENDA
4.1 Minute 5. The updated list of committee
members with special responsibilities is
Prof M Atkinson : CPHC, Edinburgh Mathematics Society
Prof D Brannan : QCA, QAA, HEFCE
Prof D Crighton : EPSRC
Prof J Erdos : LMS
Prof K Houston : UMTC
Prof V Isham : RSS, CoPoS
Dr A Lepper : IMA
Dr S Ryrie : JMC
Prof G Wilks : CPAM
Prof A Zinober : Mathematics Trust
DB is to write to Alan Slomson (Leeds)
to see if HoDoMS can help support the Mathematics Trust.
4.2 Minute 8. There was no further response to the Chairman's letter and so this correspondence has lapsed.
4.3 Minute 11.1. Douglas Quinney (Keele)
has started work on the project supported by HoDoMS. A web page has been
set up and work on developing it will continue. http://www.keele.ac.uk/depts/ma/diagnostic/
4.4 Minute 11.2. The committee viewed the old video and decided that it was too much out of date to be revised.
4.5 Minute 11.5. Sponsorship - GW is to
follow this up. There was discussion around "prizes", "maths
gateway funding" and "Texas Instruments"
5. CHAIRMAN'S COMMUNICATIONS
5.1 DB has received a request from Jack
Abramsky of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority requesting a meeting
between the mathematics team at QCA and a delegation of 4 or 5 representatives
from HoDoMS. It was agreed that DB, KH, SR, JE and possibly Prof Chris
Robson should attend if possible. The likely dates are 24, 26 or 27 February
1998. DB is to arrange the meeting and inform representatives.
5.2 QCA had published Guidance Material
on mental strategies for calculation.
5.3 It was noted that the QAA for HE had
published a Subject Review Handbook which also acts as a revised Assessor's
5.4 GW and EK are to advise DB on responding
to Pam Bishop (CTI-Maths) re a request for a letter of support. CTI programmes
are currently being reviewed.
5.5 It was noted that a Mathwise Users
group had been established and that a number of workshops around the country
had been organised.
6. ANNUAL CONFERENCE
The annual conference will be held in the
Tapestry Room at Sheffield University on Friday 3 April 1998 between 10.30
am and 4.30 pm. The programme will be published when it is finalised. So
far two speakers have been settled:- Prof TMM O'Shea, formerly of OU and
now Master of Birkbeck College, and Prof E Kopp, MathSkills Project (together
with a speaker from industry). A third speaker is still to be agreed.
Further information from firstname.lastname@example.org,
7. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The AGM will be held during the first session of the conference at 11.00 am on 3 April. The business will include:
8. MATHSKILLS PROJECT
was received from EK.
Further to the report it was agreed that
DB, with advice from those committee members not directly associated with
MathSkills, should act as Evaluator for the project.
It was also noted that the bid for a further
grant from DfEE, co-ordinated by Judy Ekins, was unsuccessful.
The project director EK announced his resignation
as director from April 1998 and asked for a volunteer to continue the work.
It was noted that Neil Gordon was willing to act as the project technical
officer for as long as he was employed by Hull University.
It was reported that DfEE will not be funding
Discipline Networks in the future.
It was also agreed that HoDoMS should continue
to support and promote teaching initiatives through MathSkills and any
other available, appropriate media.
9. TREASURER'S REPORT
The Treasurer reported that, to date, 60
institutions had renewed their membership for 1997-98.
10. "HIGHER QUALITY"
The publication of this Bulletin of the
QAA for HE was noted.
11. ANY OTHER RELEVANT BUSINESS
11.1 It was reported that Pam Bishop was
producing a list of Mathematics Organisations in the UK, with contact details,
11.2 There was a debate about the current
RAE consultation and it was agreed that DB would respond on behalf of HoDoMS.
Committee members were asked to read the consultation document and to send
4 or 5 points to DB.
11.3 The publication of "Innovation
in Teaching and Assessing Mathematics at University Level" by Leone
Burton and Chris Haines in "Teaching in Higher Education", 2,
3, 273-293, 1997, was noted. This contains a pertinent discussion of the
role of the Department Manager as an Agent for Change.
11.4 A preliminary announcement of UMTC-98
is on the web in the MathSkills site.
12. DATE OF NEXT MEETING
The next meeting was arranged for 5.00
pm on Thursday 2 April at Sheffield University, the night before the AGM
and Annual Conference.
It was agreed that HoDoMS would support
committee members expenses for dinner, bed and breakfast but not travel,
which should be met by members' institutions.
AZ is to make arrangements and is to be informed of attendance intentions by committee members.
13. Besides viewing the old polytechnic video mentioned at minute 4.4
above, the committee also viewed an OU video promoting careers in Mathematics. This is to be circulated to members for
further viewing and copying if desired.
14. The meeting ended at 1530 hrs.