Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

Mathematics Education Centre

About the Centre

Welcome to the Mathematics Education Centre's website. The centre was established in 2002 and has about 30 staff, comprising academic staff, project staff, visiting fellows, bought-in teachers and secretaries/receptionists. It also has a vibrant group of postgraduate research students.

Research in the MEC explores the fundamental processes involved in learning mathematics, and analyses, develops and evaluates pedagogical practice designed to enhance mathematical learning. The Centre has two interest groups which form the focus of our research activity. These are the Culture, Pedagogy and Identity Interest Group and the Mathematical Cognition Interest Group.  There is an active programme of workshops incorporating seminars by external and internal researchers (including PhD students) and reading group sessions. External funding for research is increasing with grants from the ESRC, the Royal Society, the Nuffield Foundation, the British Academy, Action Medical Research and the HE STEM programme. In recent years we have hosted five prestigious fellowships: Dr Sophie Batchelor (ESRC Future Leaders Fellowship), Dr Camilla Gilmore (British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship and Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship), Dr Matthew Inglis (Royal Society Educational Research Fellowship) and Dr Ian Jones (Royal Society Educational Research Fellowship). The MEC's growing international reputation has been reflected in Loughborough University's appearance in the top 200 universities in the world for Education in the 2013 QS World University Rankings by Subject, and by being ranked as the fifth highest education department in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (based on the percentage of 3/4* activity).

The MEC is responsible for the university-wide Mathematics Learning Support Centre, which provides mathematics and statistics support to all students. In addition, one-to-one support for students at all levels of study is provided by MEC staff and colleagues in the department of Mathematical Sciences. The Statistics Advisory Service is a specialist service which is in great demand, providing support for final year project students and postgraduates and staff requiring help with statistics. There is also increasing demand for support from the Eureka Centre for mathematical confidence which supports students with a range of neuro-diverse needs. The MEC, together with Coventry University, hosts the sigma Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in university-wide mathematics and statistics support. In 2011 this work was awarded the Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Support for Students.

Staff in the MEC oversee the development and delivery of the PGCE in Secondary Mathematics, as well as most of the teaching of mathematics and statistics to the Engineering Schools. They also contribute to the teaching of Mathematics undergraduates and students on the Science and Engineering Foundation Studies course. Moreover, a new undergraduate programme in Mathematics with Mathematics Education has been developed. Innovative teaching methods are used extensively to ensure the very best environment for students to learn, and teaching is underpinned with a rigorous research agenda. The MEC is delighted to have two National Teaching Fellows, Professor Tony Croft and Dr Lara Alcock, amongst its staff.

Outreach work with local schools and colleges is also vibrant: the MEC hosts a Further Mathematics Centre as part of the national Further Mathematics Support Programme.

This website gives further information about our various enterprises, but please do contact us if you would like to know more about our work.