18.12.19 | Blog

Maths Hangout

Day 9 of #12AspireDaysOfChristmas

Throughout December, the Aspire to HE team will be highlighting some of their favourite events and programmes from 2019 in the #12AspireDaysOfChristmas2019

Maths Hangout, chosen by Ben our Partnerships and Operations Manager

In partnership with Aspire to HE, the Faculty of Science and Engineering invited college students to spend part of the Easter break at their ‘Maths Hangout’ – a revision programme which aims to support students completing their Level 4/Grade C in GCSE Maths, where previously they had been unsuccessful.

Why have you chosen Maths Hangout as your favourite Aspire to HE programme of 2019?

Ben: Maths Hangout was a great programme, students spent 6 days with us on-campus, and were introduced to a new way of learning by lecturers from the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

It was great to see the young people grow in confidence from the first day, and become comfortable moving around the campus.

What was your highlight of the Maths Hangout Programme?

Ben: For me, the highlight of the programme came afterwards and more recently, when we were informed that two students from Maths Hangout are now enrolled students at the University of Wolverhampton studying Maths and Finance!

A truly fantastic achievement for the students who had previously struggled to pass GSCE Maths.

Maths Hangout

In partnership with Aspire to HE, the Faculty of Science and Engineering invited college students to spend part of the Easter break at their ‘Maths Hangout’ – a revision programme which aims to support students completing their Level 4/Grade C in GCSE Maths, where previously they had been unsuccessful.

Based at City Campus and delivered by staff in the School of Mathematics and Computer Science, lecturers introduced students to a new and exciting approach to learning mathematics and were able to get a true insight into what life might be like as a student at the University of Wolverhampton.

Feedback from both parents and young people was extremely positive, many students gained confidence throughout their time on campus, not only in their learning but also in planning for their future – and considering the University as positive option. A student participating in the programme commented:

The most useful things about this activity was meeting new people and developing my maths skills. It allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and learn new things in maths and helped me understand things I’ve struggled with.”

The ‘Maths Hangout’ was funded by Aspire to HE, and is part of a large portfolio of faculty projects being delivered collaboratively within the University. Other projects have included the ‘Saturday Arts Club’, delivered by the Faculty of Arts, ‘A Day in the Life of a Professional Football Club’ which was led by the Institute of Human and also ‘Wolves Den’ a competition delivered by the Wolverhampton Business School.