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New scheme to work on student numeracy issues

11 Sep 2007

New scheme to work on student numeracy issues The University of Central Lancashire (Uclan) has been awarded £200,000 by the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTF) towards a major three-year project to address concerns over poor levels of numeracy and literacy among students.

The study will look into the numerical skills required within the disciplines of history, bioscience (including nursing) and business studies and how they might be better developed within curriculum and will also develop support strategies to help students develop the skills required by graduate employers.

Key objectives include building a library of data on the numerical knowledge and skills required of undergraduates, as well as identifying and evaluating the current practices in teaching, learning and assessment and how they relate to numeracy requirements.

The project will be led by Vicki Tariq from Uclan's Learning and Development Unit, in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University and Sheffield Hallam University and is one of nine projects funded by the NTF.

Ms Tariq said: "Our contacts in business and industry increasingly stress that graduate recruits must have an all-round skillset, within which numeracy is vital.

"This project will help students develop and practise the numerical skills required by employers."

Professor Paul Ramsden, chief executive of the Higher Education Academy said: "We are pleased to be able to support major sector-wide projects that bring together expertise to enhance the student experience."

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