Induction Course for New Lecturers in the Mathematical Sciences 2021

Through a community initiative supported by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences and Heads of Departments of Mathematics Sciences, HoDoMS. Endorsed by the Edinburgh Mathematical SocietyRoyal Statistical Society, the London Mathematical Society and the Operational Research Society, we are delighted to announce that in September 2021 the two-day Induction Course for lecturers new to teaching mathematics and statistics within Higher Education will once again take place.

Whilst arrangements may still be subject to change due to the ongoing Covid‐19 situation and any future Government guidance, we are currently preparing for the Induction Course to be delivered as a hybrid model with the option for some delegates to attend in person.

The Induction Course for New Lecturers in the Mathematical Sciences has been designed by the mathematics community so that it is ideally suited for anyone who is new to or has limited experience teaching mathematics or statistics within UK higher education. It will be delivered by individuals with significant experience of teaching in the mathematical sciences and will focus upon the specific details and issues that arise in mathematics and statistics teaching and learning within higher education including topics such as:

• Lecturing
• Supporting student learning.
• Making teaching interactive.
• Assessment, examinations and feedback.
• Linking teaching & research.
• Using technology to enhance teaching and learning.
• Using examples and mathematical problem solving.

In the past, attendance has been recognised as contributing towards some introductory institutional programmes in learning and teaching for new staff, and for the 2021 Induction Course accreditation will be provided through the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications relative to the UK Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education.

The Induction Course takes place at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge and commences mid‐morning on 8 September, and ends late‐afternoon on  9 September. Accommodation will be offered at the University of Cambridge, although any in‐person attendance will be dependent upon the Covid‐19 situation at the time. As such, we reserve the right to make necessary changes to arrangements in response to Government legislation and guidance.

Induction Course Costs

Following generous financial support from the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences we are able to offer the Induction Course at subsidised rates:

Online-only Attendance – Online viewers will be able to watch the conference live online. Interaction with the Session Leaders will be limited.
One day – £70
Full event – £110

In-Person Attendance – Limited Spaces
Full event – £110

Conference Dinner – St Johns College, Limited spaces
3 course meal and wine – £77


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Session Facilitators

Those leading the sessions at the Induction Course are all experienced teachers of mathematics within UK higher education.

David Abrahams (Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences)
Lara Alcock (Loughborough University)
Michael Grove (University of Birmingham)
Rachel Hilliam (Open University)
Kevin Houston (University of Leeds)
Joseph Kyle (University of Birmingham)
Steve Otto (The R&A)
Chris Sangwin (The University of Edinburgh)
Louise Walker (The University of Manchester)
John Mason (Open University)

Contact information

For questions or queries about the academic content or structure of the Induction Course, please contact Michael Grove:

For general conference queries please contact the Conferences Department, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, Catherine Richards House, 16 Nelson Street, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1EF, UK.

E-mail:              Tel: +44 (0) 1702 354 020

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