### Mathematics Support – past, present and, most importantly, future

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This article briefly reviews the development of mathematics support in higher education over the last 25 years, highlighting in particular the work of **sigma**, centre for excellence in university-wide mathematics and statistics support as a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and subsequently as part of the National HE STEM Programme. A description of **sigma**’s current HEFCE-funded programme of activities is included, giving particular attention to the development of the **sigma** network. The article closes by focusing on the legacy of **sigma**’s current work and the future sustainability of the **sigma** network.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21100/msor.v14i1.234

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