The growth, embedding, evolution and sustainability of mathematics support within higher education

Grove, Michael James ORCID: 0000-0002-3150-125X (2020). The growth, embedding, evolution and sustainability of mathematics support within higher education. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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For almost 25 years evidence has existed of a ‘mathematics problem’ within UK higher education. The work contained herein is concerned with the author’s long-standing interest and research into this problem and the subsequent response of UK higher education institutions. Mathematics support forms an important means of assisting students in all disciplines, and at all levels, with their mathematical learning. Whilst there previously existed evidence of its impact upon learners, there existed little evidence of its evolution within institutions or its likelihood of becoming a sustainable part of institutional provision. The research presented here demonstrates the growth of mathematics support within UK higher education and the value institutions now place upon it in assisting their learners. It shows their continued investment in the provision, and through the application of newly developed approaches to evidencing sustainability, how the sustainability of mathematics support has been assured through evolution in its delivery to become a core institutional service. The research demonstrates the powerful enhancement role that mathematics support, and approaches derived from it, can have in supporting the specialist and more-able mathematics student, and its role in aiding the development of those who work as tutors through the communities that develop within it.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School or Department: School of Mathematics
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics


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