STEM Education Centre publications

Details of Transitions in Undergraduate Mathematics Education are available here.

October 2015

  Maths for Physics (PDF 3.7MB)
Authors Daniel Brett and Joseph Vovrosh (EPS student interns)
Supervisors Michael Grove and Joe Kyle (University of Birmingham)
Summary

This is a booklet to assist first year physics students with the maths content of their course.  It has been designed as an interactive resource to complement lecture material with particular focus on the application of mathematics within physics. It may also be relevant to those studying engineering programmes.

September 2014

  Feedback Guidance: Designed by students to benefit students
(PDF 2 MB)
Authors Heather Collis and Mano Sivantharajah (EPS student interns)
Supervisors Chris Good, Rosemary Dyson and Michael Grove
Summary

This guide has been developed to enable students to use their received feedback more effectively.

  Staff Guide: A Guide to Effective Feedback (PDF 3 MB)
Authors Heather Collis and Mano Sivantharajah (EPS student interns)
Supervisors Chris Good, Rosemary Dyson and Michael Grove
Summary

This guide has been developed to enable staff to develop their feedback practices.  Although based around mathematics it will be relevant to those from any discipline.

  Proofs and Mathematical Reasoning (PDF 7.92 KB)
Author Agata Stefanowicz (EPS student interns)
Supervisors Joe Kyle and Michael Grove
Summary

This booklet is a guide to the basic methods that might help new and continuing students to gain a deeper understanding of how to write good proofs and present clear and logical mathematics. An additional feature is the use of linked videos that offer the experience of `live' mathematics developed by an expert.

  Maths for Chemists (PDF 1.46 MB)
Authors Alan Cunningham and Rory Whelan (EPS student interns)
Supervisors Michael Grove, Joe Kyle (University of Birmingham) and Samantha Pugh (University of Leeds)
Summary

This is a booklet to assist first year chemistry students with the maths content of their course.  It has been designed as an interactive resource to complement lecture material with particular focus on the application of maths in chemistry. 

December 2013

Title Getting Started in Pedagogic Research within the STEM Disciplines (PDF 3.1MB)
Authors Edited by Michael Grove and Tina Overton

With contributions from: George Brown, Lou Comerford Boyes, Sarah Edmunds, Ross Galloway, Duncan Lawson, and Joe Kyle
Summary This guide that has been developed for those looking to begin pedagogic research within the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Its purpose is to provide an accessible introduction to pedagogic research along with a practical guide containing hints and tips on how to get started.

July 2013

Title Investigating Longer-Term Curriculum Change and Institutional Impact Within Higher Education (PDF 1.3MB)
Authors Professor Harry Tolley, Professor David Greatbatch and Dr Helen Mackenzie
Summary Using the National HE STEM Programme and its projects as its basis, this report contains an independent analysis exploring how longer-term curriculum change can become embedded within the higher education STEM sector.  In it, it examines influencers, enablers and barriers to initiating large-scale curriculum change within UK STEM higher education.

Title Lessons Learned and Achievements from the National HE STEM Programme Higher Level and Graduate Skills Development Projects (PDF 6.7MB)
Authors Jane Kettle and Judy Smith (Jay Consulting)
Summary This publication reports on the achievements of the National HE STEM Programme activities concerned with higher level skills, workforce development and graduate skills developments in the STEM disciplines. It takes as its focus activities funded through the Legacy Projects and Regional Action Plan Projects strands of the programme.  It should be read in conjunction with the companion publication, the ‘National HE STEM Programme Higher Level and Graduate Skills Development Projects: A Contextual Compendium’.

Title National HE STEM Programme Higher Level and Graduate Skills Development Projects: A Contextual Compendium (PDF 1.4MB)
Authors Jane Kettle and Judy Smith (Jay Consulting)
Summary This report provides a literature and policy review on employer engagement and employability developments in the HE sector that will be useful to anyone seeking to undertake and embed curriculum innovations or enhancements in either of these areas. It is designed to be read in conjunction with ‘Lessons Learned and Achievements from the National HE STEM Programme Higher Level and Graduate Skills Development Projects’.

March 2013

Title Adopting & Embedding Proven Practices & Approaches: Case Studies arising from the National HE STEM Programme ‘Menu of Activities' (PDF 6.7MB)
Authors (Compiled and Edited by) Michael Grove and Les Jones
Summary This publication presents the activities comprising one element of the National HE STEM Programme’s work – the ‘Menu of Activities’ initiative.  Through this initiative a range of activities, derived from the work of the four disciplinary pilot projects (Chemistry for our Future; The London Engineering Project; More Maths Grads; and, Stimulating Physics), were identified that could be directly ‘adopted’ and implemented by higher education institutions without the need for further developmental work.  A number of case studies produced by those who participated, together with an assessment of the impact and legacy of the initiative are also included.

Title National HE STEM Programme – Final Report (PDF 8.9MB)
Author Michael Grove
Summary This publication reports on the achievements of the National HE STEM Programme, a three-year initiative, funded by the Higher Education Funding Councils for England and Wales, designed to enhance the way universities recruit students and delivery programmes of study within the STEM disciplines of chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics.

September 2012

Title Sharing effective practice through collaboration (PDF, 2.32MB)
Summary

This document contains synoptic case studies from the National HE STEM Programme Collaborative Projects Initiative which was launched in Spring 2010. Their development has been supported by members of the National HE STEM Programme Team and they incorporate final reports, case studies and other information provided by the respective project leads throughout the duration of their projects.

Title Teaching Mathematics - a guide to postgraduates and teaching assistants (PDF, 1.54MB)
Authors Bill Cox and Michael Grove
Summary

This book is aimed at postgraduate students who assist in the teaching of mathematics-rich subjects - in which we include statistics and more broadly Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects generally.