Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME)

Open Call for new ACME members 2015

07 May 2015

ACME is offering some exciting opportunities for up to three new members to join the Committee in September 2015.

ACME encourages applications from those with expertise in:

  • a mathematics classroom
  • teacher education or professional development
  • mathematics education research
  • curriculum, qualification and assessment.

Candidates should also have some knowledge of the education policy landscape, and/or be willing to develop associated skills.  Members of ACME serve as expert individuals and not as representatives of any organisation or interest group.

More information can be found below. 

Applications must be received by 13:00, 1 June 2015.

Interviews will be held at the Royal Society on Thursday 18 June 2015.


What is ACME?

ACME is an independent committee that utilises its expertise to develop advice to influence mathematics education policy. ACME was established in 2002 by the Joint Mathematical Council of the UK and the Royal Society.

The Committee is comprised of at least six members and a Chair (Professor Stephen Sparks FRS) and works both proactively and responsively - producing policy reports and responding to policy initiatives in key areas.

ACME is currently funded by the Royal Society, the Wellcome Trust, the Department for Education, the London Mathematical Society (LMS) and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).

What do members do?

As a member of the Committee, you will have the opportunity to:

  • take responsibility for providing sound, objective advice to the Committee and Chair on your area of expertise
  • develop a broad understanding of mathematics education issues. You will be required to work independently and within teams on projects that will inform government policy and influence the work of its stakeholders. Such work will help you to broaden your expertise and understanding of how education policy is developed as well as allowing you to contribute your own experience
  • take the lead on designated ACME projects; contributing to these projects through drafting, providing feedback on analysis and other inputs
  • liaise with relevant organisations and individuals in the mathematical community and represent ACME in discussions with policy makers.

What are the selection criteria?

Members are selected considering the strategic priorities and overall balance of the Committee, and on the basis of all or some of the following criteria:

  • An ability to think strategically
  • An understanding of policy and of government
  • Confidence to form own views and to engage with and influence senior policy makers
  • Willingness to work on agreed ACME activities and ability to commit the necessary time to such work
  • Involvement in established networks (such as membership of subject associations or professional bodies)
  • Experience in writing, leading projects, and communicating to diverse audiences
  • Open mindedness and the ability to work as part of a co-operative team
  • Deep subject knowledge of mathematics.

Applications are reviewed and shortlisting is undertaken by representatives from the Joint Mathematical Council, the Royal Society and ACME. Interviews are carried out with representatives from the three bodies also.

What commitment is required of ACME members?


It is expected that applicants would be available to start on 1 September 2015.

New members will normally be expected to give 10% of their time to ACME work, and their employers will be reimbursed for the relevant proportion of their salary and any on costs via the Royal Society, which hosts ACME.

Membership is usually for a three-year period pending available funding.

Travel and subsistence expenses incurred on ACME business (including for its formal meetings, usually held monthly in London) are reimbursed directly to members.

The majority of meetings that members will be asked to attend as ACME representatives will be on Thursdays.

What is the application process?


You should provide:

  • A 2-page CV maximum
  • An explanation in no more than 500 words of what you feel you will bring to ACME and how you will accommodate the work of ACME alongside your current role (around 25 days per year including up to 8 committee meetings, usually in London and a similar number of teleconferences)
  • A signed reference from your line manager or colleague, or similar, supporting the application to join ACME and confirming that they will be allowed to commit at least 10% of their time.

If you wish, you may fill out an application form, rather than submitting a CV and 500 word cover letter. Please contact for this application form.

Applications must be received by 13:00, 1 June 2015. 

Please send electronic copies of application papers (including an electronic scan of the signed reference) to  with the subject header 'Open Call 2015'.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend an interview on Thursday 18 June 2015. Please note you will be contacted by 11 June 2015 if you are to come for interview.

Should you wish to discuss the process or the work of ACME in more detail, or speak with a member of the Committee, please contact


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