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The 8th Annual Irish Workshop on Mathematics Learning and Support Centres

The 8th Annual Irish Workshop on Mathematics Learning and Support Centres took place on Friday the 31st of January 2014.


The presentations are available with the permission of the authors.


Conference Theme

The conference theme was Diversity: challenges and opportunities-enabling and supporting mathematics learning in a diverse student population.

The population of students studying mathematics as part of their higher education is increasingly diverse. This diversity manifests itself in many ways but in particular:

  • A higher proportion of students entering higher education are not coming straight from second level.
  • The number of students with particular learning needs is increasing.


Keynote Speakers

  • Clare Trott, Mathematics Support Tutor at Loughborough University. Clare gave a talk on supporting neurodiverse students with their mathematics and statistics, the forms of neurodiversity and how we can enable students to overcome barriers. Title and abstract.

  • Terry Maguire, Chair of Adults Learning Mathematics - An International Research Forum and Director of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at Third Level. Terry gave a talk on how to best support students mathematically entering higher education who are not coming straight from second level (i.e. adult learners of mathematics). Title and abstract.


Conference Programme

Time Event
10:30-10:50 Coffee and Registration
10:50-11:00 Welcoming Address: Mr. Pat McLaughlin, President ITT Dublin
11:00-12:00 Mathematics Support: helping the neurodiverse student overcome their barriers., Ms. Clare Trott (Maths Education Centre, Loughborough University).
12.00-12.05 Break.
12.05-12.30 Can group-work work?: Dr. Brien Nolan & Dr. Eabhnat Ní Fhloinn (Dublin City University).
12.30-1.00 Supporting Mathematics Learning for Adult Learners via Maths Software: Dr. Anthony Cronin (University College Dublin).
1.00-2.00 Lunch
2.00-3.00 Adult learners and Mathematics Support: Getting to the Root of the Problem, Dr. Terry Maguire (Director of Adults Learning Mathematics and Director of National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at Third Level).
3.05-3.30 Adult learners v traditional learners - insights from a large scale survey of Mathematics Learning Support in Irish HEIs, Dr. Olivia Fitzmaurice (University of Limerick), Mr. Ciaran O'Sullivan (ITT Dublin)
3.30-4.00 Mature students – participation in maths support and progression: Mr. Tim Crawford & Dr. Jonathan Cole (Queen's University Belfast).
4.00-4.25 Open discussion on conference themes and network.
4.25-4.30 Network committee nominations
4.30-4.35 Closing Address

Location and transport

The conference was hosted by the Institute of Technology Tallaght and Dublin Institute of Technology.

Kind Regards,

The IMLSN Committee and Local Organising Committee, Ciarán O'Sullivan (ITT) and Cormac Breen (DIT).