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The AMSP offers support for teachers and students all over England, often in conjunction with partner institutions. It also provides targeted support in areas of low social mobility and low participation in level 3 Maths as part of the government’s levelling up agenda. We work with several universities here in the West Midlands including the University of Birmingham and the University of Wolverhampton.

The University of Birmingham runs a levelling-up programme of tutoring and mentoring for students in Year 12 going into Year 13 from a range of under-represented groups in higher education. These include students from socially disadvantaged backgrounds, those from ethnic minority groups and female students. Check out their website here.

Warwick University runs the Warwick Scholars programme, designed to help you gain a place at Warwick by maximising your academic potential and developing skills that will help you to succeed. To find out more, please click here.

Wolverhampton University runs Aspire to HE – this involves local councils: Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall, Wolverhampton, and Staffordshire County Council in conjunction with the University of Wolverhampton. They also have Aspire2Univeristy (A2U), a mentoring program for Looked After Children.

Addressing issues for students with black heritage

In addition, Birmingham University has secured funding along with Queen Mary College London and other institutions to tackle the under-representation of students with black heritage in maths and STEM subjects at university. They hope to find out what barriers exist for students who identify as having a black heritage to studying at university. A conference is being planned for spring 2024 to address the issue. The university is looking for teachers and students of black heritage interested in contributing to a conversation around inequalities in maths education. If that’s you, please get in touch with me, and I will put you in touch with the right people.

By Rose Jewell

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