Mathematics learning support in Ireland survey report

Jonathan Cole, Anthony Cronin, Maura Clancy, Cormac Breen, Diarmuid O'Se

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract


In 2015, a comprehensive audit was conducted to establish the current state of mathematics learning support (MLS) in Ireland including its nature, management, sustainability and the associated challenges and developments. The investigation involved 31 institutions in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland including universities, institutes of technology, colleges of education and liberal arts, and colleges of further and higher education. Thirty of the 31 institutions participated by responding to an online survey and MLS was provided in 25 of these 30 institutions (83%). All 25 institutions with MLS provided at least one form of face-to-face MLS and MLS was available to all registered students in 72% of these institutions. However, some findings gave cause for concern. For example, only five hours per week (at most) of face-to-face MLS was available in 24% of institutions offering MLS, while in 20% of institutions with MLS, a staff of only one or two was responsible for their MLS service. Furthermore, training of tutors did not occur in 52% of institutions offering MLS. Reaching non-engaging students and getting students to engage earlier were very clearly identified as the two most difficult challenges faced by MLS providers. The survey report, published in 2016, presents a detailed analysis of the findings supplemented by recommendations that are believed to be achievable in the short to medium term. The presentation will describe the survey methodology, review some of the key findings and consider future work emanating from the recommendations of the report.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 02 Jun 2017
Event9th Annual Meeting of the Scottish Mathematics Support Network - Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 02 Jun 2017 → …


Conference9th Annual Meeting of the Scottish Mathematics Support Network
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Period02/06/2017 → …


  • mathematics
  • learning support
  • survey
  • higher education


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