Mathematics (University of Glasgow)
The Mathematics Department has had a transferable skills component in its honours degree, involving group working and communicating mathematics. The Department has ad hoc arrangements around short-term work experience placements for students with local firms. The Department has become involved in the Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme (UAS), which is a level 4 project that sends students in to schools to work with pupils. This scheme is popular in England with employers because it teaches professionalism and communication skills, as well as team working and time management. The Department wishes to develop this further using the AUL@w project to do so.
The Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme (UAS)
The Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme (UAS) provides the framework for a degree course module awarding academic credit to science, technology, engineering and maths undergraduates working with teachers in local schools.
Responses from students on UAS placement:
- Initially, I was a little worried about how the class would react to me but I was delighted with how interactive they were throughout the lesson and how they were happy to receive help from me.
- Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed the placement. It was a great experience and has developed many skills which are needed in any workplace.
- The Ambassador Scheme has proved invaluable as it has enabled me to make an informed decision about plans for my future career.