Summary: Where will the next generation of
UK mathematicians come from?
1819 March 2005, Manchester
The meeting was sponsored by
Manchester Institute for Mathematical Sciences
London Mathematical Society
and Institute of Mathematics and Applications
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Where will the next generation of UK mathematicians come from? One of the first events hosted by the
new Manchester Institute for Mathematical Sciences was the meeting under this heading held on 18-19
March 2005. The participants, widely recognised experts in mathematics and mathematical education,
represented all principal constituencies of the education system. The brief of the Meeting was to look at
the current state of mathematical education in the UK in its entirety, from pre-GCSE level to universities
to graduate studies and teacher training.
The preliminary report produced by the Meeting (see http://www.ma.umist.ac.uk/avb/wherefrom.html)
is based on the detailed (and sometimes technical) analysis of the current situation. But the nature of its
findings made the report sufficiently quotable to generate unusually engaged responses in the media.
Here is one example:
"Maths teaching in schools and universities has entered "a spiral of decline" and the Government has