sigma CETL Prizes for Outstanding Contribution to Mathematics And Statistics Support

In 2009, sigma – the centre for excellence in university-wide mathematics and statistics support - wishes to award two personal prizes to individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the field of mathematics and statistics support.

Prizes and Eligibility:
One personal prize of £1000 to an individual employed by a UK higher education institution.
One personal prize of £1000 to an individual employed by a higher education institution based outside the UK.

Both award winners will be named: sigma Outstanding Contributor 2009.
Applications will not be accepted from individuals employed, or previously employed in the period 2005-2009, by the primary sigma partners, Loughborough and Coventry Universities.

Mathematics and Statistics Support:
For the purposes of the sigma prizes, mathematics and statistics support refers to activities and/or resources which are provided to support and enhance students’ learning of mathematics or statistics (in any one or more disciplines, at any level of higher education) and which are provided separately and in addition to traditional lectures, tutorials, examples classes, personal tutorial sessions etc. The spirit of the prize is to recognise, reward and celebrate outstanding contributions in this field.

Nominations will be welcomed in respect of candidates who
• have made a sustained contribution to mathematics or statistics support over a period of at least 5 years
• can demonstrate positive impact upon students
• have championed mathematics or statistics support inside and outside their own institution

Candidates may not nominate themselves. Nominations may be made by any individual, other than an employee of Loughborough University, Coventry University or a member of the Awarding Panel. It is not necessary that the nominator is employed by a higher education institution so nominations from representatives of Professional Institutions, for example, are welcome.

It is the responsibility of the nominator to seek the approval of the nominee, complete and submit the attached pro-forma, together with a brief CV of the nominee, and ensure accuracy of the submission.

Selection of prize winners:

After the closing date for applications all nominations will be scrutinised against the criteria by a Panel consisting of Professors Tony Croft and Duncan Lawson (sigma Directors), Jan Tennant, Director of the Teaching Centre at Loughborough University,
Professor John O’Donoghue (University of Limerick). The Panel reserves the right to draw upon other sources in the public domain (e,g. websites, publications) to verify statements made by the nominator. The Panel will individually assess and rank each application in the two categories. The individual rankings will be aggregated to provide a short list of overall winners in each category. Professor Madeleine Atkins, Vice Chancellor, Coventry University, will Chair a final Award Panel to consider the shortlisted entries. In the event of a tie, the Chair will exercise a casting vote. The decision of the Panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into thereafter.

Key dates:

Call for nominations: 1 March 2009
Closing date for nominations: 23 May 2009
Announcement of Prize Winners: 19 June 2009
Prize giving ceremony: 7/8 September 2009

Further copies of these details and the nomination form can be found on the sigma website

Informal enquiries can be made by contacting sigma Assistant Director, Moira Petrie (