Heads of Department of Mathematical Sciences

Annual Conference, 19th-20th April 2001,

University of Birmingham Conference Park


Thursday, 19th April

12.30 p.m. Enrolment (Lucas House)


2.00 p.m. QAA Benchmarking


Dr John Erdos

(King's College London) and

Dr Stephen Ryrie

(University of the West of England)

The QAA Benchmarks for Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research are currently being drawn up by the Benchmarking Group. The presentation will give a report on progress to date.

2.20 p.m. The role of QAA Benchmarks in Subject Reviews

Speaker: Mike Laugharne, Quality Assurance Agency

3.00 p.m. Royal Society/Joint Mathematical Council Working Group on Geometry in the 11-19 school curriculum

Speaker: Richard Bridges, King Edward's School, Birmingham

The talk will present the main issues discussed by the group, and the main conclusions of its report, now nearing publication.

3.40 p.m. Tea/coffee

4.00 p.m. "Departments under threat"

Speaker: Walter Middleton, University of Sunderland

A presentation of the results of a recent survey of changing resources in

mathematics departments.

4.40 p.m. "Is A level Mathematics what it used to be?"

Speaker: Dr Duncan Lawson, Coventry University

Results form the 1990s of a diagnostic test for incoming students will be presented. The results are broken down by entry qualification to allow a comparison between the performance of students entering university at the end of the decade with the same qualifications as those entering at the start of the decade.

5.30 p.m. HODOMS Annual General Meeting

7.30 p.m. Dinner


Friday 20th April

09.00 a.m. Recent developments in the LTSN Mathematics, Statistics & Operational

Research Network

Speakers: Prof. John Blake and Pam Bishop, Learning, Teaching & Support Network for Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research

9.45 a.m. Curriculum 2000

Speaker: Prof. Peter Saunders, King's College, London

10.30 a.m. Tea/coffee

11.00 a.m. Mathematics Masterclasses and their Organisation

Speaker: Prof. Michael Sewell, University of Reading

    1. 11.45 a.m. (To be confirmed) Mathematics Year 2000

John Bibby, Director of "Count On". Count On is the successor to MY2000, and this presentation will describe its work.

    1. 12.30 p.m. Lunch

2.00 p.m. Committee Meeting





Enquiries about the HODOMS Conference should be addressed to:

Prof. Ken Houston (HODOMS Chair), University of Ulster,

e-mail sk.houston@ulst.ac.uk tel. 028 9036 6953


Dr Stephen Ryrie (HODOMS Secretary), University of the West of England,

e-mail stephen.ryrie@uwe.ac.uk tel. 0117 344 3150

Information about the University of Birmingham Conference Park, along with travel advice and a map, are available at www.bham.ac.uk/conferences