The Mathematical Association's local activities are organised by its branches, some of which are joint branches with the ATM. We also have a network of local representatives.
For most branches, details of forthcoming events are included on this site. For further information about a branch's events please do get in touch with the listed main contact for that branch.
This area of the Association's work is managed by the Branches Committee.
For the last few years, MA Branches Committee has been trying to encourage more Branch members to consider attending MA Conference. Everyone on the committee has attended MA Conference in the past and all know full well the advantages and benefits that can accrue for delegates involved in mathematics and mathematics education. It was felt that these benefits may not always be clear to those new to mathematics education or those who have never been to an MA Conference, and that ways should be sought to encourage such first time participation.
So, in October 2014, Branches Committee decided to offer a sponsorship of a free, residential place at the MA's Annual Conferences. The first recipient in 2015 was Mel Muldowney; her report is below. The second recipient was Lindsey Sharp; her report is below.
When I was told that I had received the branches bursary to attend my first MA conference I was so excited. Having moved schools in September I was keen to impart my knowledge to my new students. As the year progressed I became aware that there was something missing in my teaching. It was the title of the conference that made me consider 'is inspiring what I need'? It turns out yes it was. Having been an active member of the Yorkshire branch for a couple of years I really enjoy the talks given to us periodically and these, when given, do inspire me to implement the skills learnt in my lesson. Here was my first opportunity to immerse myself in sessions for a full weekend. I leapt at the chance.
As this was my first conference I wanted to make sure that I experienced all that the MA conference offered. First off we started with a sundials tour around a sunny Oxford city centre. This was led by Peter Ransom. It was during the tour that I got my first opportunity to meet some of the delegates attending the conference. This for me was a fantastic ice-breaker and I found a friendly bunch of people. I had heard Peter, the tour's guide, speak before so I was looking forward to an entertaining walk. I was not disappointed. It is clear the passion that he has for his subject. Read the full report here.
So what are the benefits of attending the MA Conference?
Some thoughts and feedback from first time attendee, Mel Muldowney:
"...Subject associations and where they "fit" in the day to day grind of teaching is something that I've been thinking about since I had the pleasure of attending the Mathematical Association's 2015 Conference in April. At the back end of last year I was asked if I would consider being put forward to attend the conference on behalf of the East Midlands Branch of the MA by the marvellous Rob Smith, the Branch Liaison Officer and member of the Branches Committee, and after the application process I was chosen to attend as a guest..." Carry on reading here.
The Committee exists to encourage and support the activities of the Branches.
For more information about Branches Committee, please contact its Chair.
Officers and Standing Committee
Chair: Keith Cadman
Vice Chair: Rob Smith
Secretary: Paul Harris
Treasurer: Cindy Hamill
Humberside/Hull - Chris Collinson
Elgin - Bill Richardson
Harpenden - Arnold Burdett
Norfolk - Mark Cooker
Wolverhampton - Keith Cadman