Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME)

ACME Update: Members, Secretariat, Outer Circle

30 September 2011

ACME new members

In September, two new members joined the ACME committee: Dr Niall Mackay and Sybil Cock. Dr Niall MacKay is Reader in Mathematics at the University of York. His main research area is mathematical physics, but he has also published over a range of interdisciplinary applied mathematics. His interest in mathematics education has led to work with a range of bodies, including UCAS, QCDA and LMS. Sybil Cock has just retired from her job as Head of Maths and Computing at BSix Sixth Form College in Hackney.  Before that she was Head of Maths and Science at Tower Hamlets College.  Sybil also worked as the London Regional Coordinator for the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) during 2008-9, focussing on developing collaborative networks of Maths teachers.  She now does a variety of maths related jobs, including teaching with the Further Maths Support Network, and some training work with teachers of Adult Numeracy.


New ACME Head of Secretariat

On 3rd October, Dr Rosalind Mist will be starting in her new post as ACME Head of Secretariat. Rosalind comes to us from SCORE (Science Community Representing Education). SCORE is a partnership of organisations, which aims to improve science education in UK schools and colleges by supporting the development and implementation of effective education policy and which comprises the Association for Science Education, Institute of Physics, Royal Society, Royal Society of Chemistry and Society of Biology.  Rosalind was the first SCORE manager and has helped shape SCORE during its first three years. Rosalind's degree was in physics and she then moved on to do a PhD and subsequently a post-doc in space plasma physics analysing satellite data, in the mathematics department at QMUL.


New ACME Outer Circle members

During the summer, ACME held an Open Call for new Outer Circle members. We are pleased to announce that we have selected 6 new members: Professor Alice Rogers from King's College, who retired from the ACME committee in September, Professor James Davenport, from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bath, David Fox, formerly from Pfizer Global Research and Development and now an independent consultant, Professor Sue Pope, professor of Education at Liverpool Hope University, Andrew Taylor, Head of Mathematics at AQA and Mark Pepper, Numeracy Support Tutor/Key Skills /Functional Skills tutor at Nescot College.

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