April 22 2019 Jacob Pucar

The University of Derby becomes Vretta’s first Academic Hub in the UK to Support Student Success in Mathematics

After a successful study of the impact of Vretta’s Elevate My Maths programme on students’ maths skills at the College of Engineering and Technology and those referred by the Career and Employment Service, the University of Derby and Vretta partner to support:

  • student success in mathematics,
  • research in the area of maths accessibility and maths anxiety, and
  • primary and secondary school students through outreach efforts in Derbyshire and Nottingham.

Professor Malcolm Todd, Provost (Academic) of the University of Derby, said: “We’re delighted to have acquired the Elevate My Math program, which has so much potential to help students across a wide range of disciplines to improve the numeracy and mathematics skills they will need to thrive and prosper in the workplace. It is particularly important for our students who are training to be primary school teachers, for example, and who will be expected to feel confident in their ability to teach math, because the way math is taught can have lifelong implications for children.”.

Mathematics undergraduates at Derby are currently being recruited to work as teaching assistants for local schools, but need to ensure that they are able to teach the subject to children at the appropriate level.

Dr. Ovidiu Bagdasar, Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Derby said: “Some students may understand very advanced concepts, but sometimes struggle with basic math. It will also help many others to overcome math anxiety, which has been a key focus of psychological research led by Dr. Thomas Hunt at the University of Derby. Those students who have math anxiety can also benefit by building their skills.”

This partnership makes the University of Derby Vretta’s first Academic Hub in the UK!

To learn more about how to partner with Vretta to support student success in mathematics at your academic institution, email info@vretta.com.

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