Authentic By Design: developing mathematicians for the talent economy

Brendan Masterson, Matthew Jones, Alison Megeney, Nicholas Sharples, Snezana Lawrence


The graduate skills expected of mathematics students from employers has changed dramatically over the past decade. Increasingly maths graduates are expected to have communication, creative, programming and teamwork skills in addition to the problem solving and critical thinking skills traditionally sought by employers from mathematics graduates. In this paper we will outline how the Middlesex University undergraduate mathematics programme was designed to enhance students’ communication, creativity and programming skills while maintaining the mathematical rigour that unpins all maths programmes.

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