Maths lecturers in the running for top teaching prize

A radical new approach to teaching mathematics has earned the School of Mathematics and Statistics a place in the shortlist for a major higher education award.

The School has been nominated for the Teaching Excellence prize at the Guardian University Awards 2015, which takes place on Wednesday 18 March.

Last year, lectures were scrapped in one of the engineering maths courses for first years. To replace them, staff developed 108 mini-lecture videos and online quizzes, plus 40 structured problem classes, using the same course notes and exercises as were used in the traditional lecture format.

An online discussion board was set up and the videos and tests were available through the Assessment in Mathematics (AiM) learning-environment developed largely by SoMaS staff.

Above, you can watch one of the mini-lecture videos featuring Dr Sam Marsh, who led the team which implemented the project after the idea was conceived by Dr Nick Gurski.

Guardian University Awards 2015