- Our open door policy, providing you with direct access to support from staff when you need it.
- The Maths Lab located close to staff offices, allowing easy access to help and feedback. With walls covered in boards for problem solving, plus a projector system for practising presentations, our laboratory is an ideal environment for students to support each other's learning.
- Our personal tutor system provides you with individual academic and personal support from one of the lecturers whom you regularly see in classes. Solving problems in small groups, on the board, develops your presentation skills and supports you to become a confident communicator.
- Peer-assisted learning classes (PALS) – every week where second year students run sessions for first years where they provide help and advice with their studies and life at university.
- SUM:UP, a drop-in centre, providing you with support to resolve any mathematics and statistics-related problems. The resources are open 24/7 and it is staffed from 10:00–16:00 Monday to Friday during term time.
- Inspirational teaching – the UPSU SSTAR Awards have been organised by students with the support of the Students' Union to reward excellent staff members and dedicated course representatives. For example, the Head of Mathematics and Statistics, Professor David McMullan, Dr Matthew Craven and Dr Martin Lavelle have all been individually nominated for Student Union teaching awards.
- Clickers – with this interactive
technology, lecturers can ask questions in the classroom and immediately
gather the views and responses of your entire class. This immediate,
anonymous feedback is useful both for our staff and for you to check
progress and understanding.
- Online support materials – many of our staff post materials to support your learning, from online lecture notes to audio and video podcasts.
Maths PALS (Peer Assisted Learning)
People supported learning
Giving you access to the people you need, when you need them, is a key part of our approach in mathematics
Maths students have access to podcasts, lecture notes and eBooks
Technology supported learning
With mathematics at Plymouth you will benefit from technology designed to help your learning, giving extra support and depth to your modules
"During my time at the University of Plymouth I have found the lecturers always willing to help me with any issues that have arisen, they are always happy to go the extra mile for students. The open door policy is more than just a motto, they really do mean it and they help with anything, academic or personal.
Additionally, I believe the Peer Assisted Learning Scheme to be exceptionally beneficial for first year students. It gives them support on a personal and academic level from second year students which provides them with a confidential environment to express their opinions as well as to receive support on any topic throughout their first year of study.
I could not recommend the University highly enough."
Matthew Chatting, BSc (Hons) Mathematics