Welcoming students to the mathematics community: obstacles to “belonging”


  • Noel-Ann Bradshaw London Metropolitan University
  • Tony Mann University of Greenwich




Retention, transition, student success, belonging, community, barriers, attainment gap.


This paper reflects on some of the obstacles which lead some students, particularly those from non-traditional academic backgrounds, to question whether they “belong†to the mathematics community.

Author Biographies

Noel-Ann Bradshaw, London Metropolitan University

Head of School, Computing and Digital Media

Tony Mann, University of Greenwich

Director, Greenwich Maths Centre, School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences


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