Alan Walker: SMC Chair Designate

The Scottish Mathematical Council is delighted to announce that Alan Walker will succeed Carol Lyon as Chair from 1 October 2022.

Alan WalkerAlan is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS), and the Programme Leader of their BSc Mathematics and BSc Mathematics with Education degree programmes. Previous to joining UWS, Alan was the Equity Division Team Lead at Morgan Stanley, a Lecturer in Applied Mathematics at the University of South Wales, and a Teaching Fellow at the University of Strathclyde, where he also completed his degree and PhD.

Alan has served on the SMC since 2016. For the past three years, he has been Treasurer of the Council, working to update the financial procedures and banking practices to align with OSCR, the Scottish Charity Regulator. He enjoys the promotion of mathematics, leads the Scottish section of the Mathématiques sans Frontières competition, and regularly visits primary and secondary schools to illustrate the wonders and usefulness of the subject.

 

JMC Social Media Lead

Call for expressions of interest for Social Media Lead

The Joint Mathematical Council of the United Kingdom (JMC) is the umbrella organisation for the mathematics education community. It brings together a wide range of bodies together with government departments and agencies. Greater detail can be found at www.jmc.org.uk.

Having recently renewed its website and re-engaged with Twitter, JMC wants increase and broaden its profile. JMC is looking to recruit a volunteer to help raise the organisation’s visibility with the wider community through social media platforms. The position would suit someone who is proficient in the use of social media and who is engaged in mathematics education.

This is a unique opportunity to be involved with both the trustees, and the Council and its representatives. While our structures require an appointment to be on an annual basis, we would hope that this would be on a rolling basis and that the role would be for at least three years.

If you are interested in exploring this role further, please contact the JMC Secretary, Chris Chipperton at secretary @jmc.rg.uk

The SMC is sad to hear of the death of Eric Brown

The SMC is sad to hear of the death of Eric Brown, a key member of the Mathematical Challenge Committee. Eric was Section Organiser for Lothian Region and managed the Primary Division of the competition for several years. He will be sorely missed, and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.

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