Branches

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.

Attending a Branch meeting in your area

You don’t have to be invited to join a Branch. Simply chose the Branch closest to where you work or live and then send an email to the branch's main contact, indicating that you want to attend the next meeting.  The Branch and Branch event pages include details about each meeting - location, theme, cost (if applicable) and time, etc.

Setting up a new Branch

If you are interested to set up a new Branch in your area then contact Keith Cadman who can guide you in how to go about doing this.

Branches Committee Initiatives

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 ( recipients and their reports below). 

MA Branches Committee Bursary to attend 2019 Annual Conference

Branches Committee is pleased to announce that one bursary of £499 (early price) is available to cover the full residential cost of attendance at the 2019 Joint MA/ATM Conference at Chesford Grange, Warwick. The dates of the conference are 15 - 18 April.

Applications are encouraged from anyone satisfying the following conditions. He/she will be:

A first time delegate at a MA conference

A paid up member of the MA before 31 March 2019

Prepared to write a report on his/her experiences at the conference for publication in MA News, MA website, etc.

Application is by email direct to the Branches Committee Chair, Keith Cadman, at keithcadman@blueyonder.co.uk  and copied to Marcia Murray at senioradministrator@m-a.org.uk. Applicants should include the following information:

Name, contact details, role in education and a response to the question “How would attendance at this conference benefit you in performing your role?” This response will be used by the Branches Committee to select the successful applicant.

Applications should be received no later than the end of December 2018 and the successful applicant will be notified by 15 January 2019.

Recipients of past Annual Conference Branch Bursaries

2018 - Stephen Shackleton - BCME9

(My first mathematics conference.)  Initially I was daunted by the 300+ sessions available to choose from, however I was always able to find a session that aligned with my interests as a PGCE student. The variety of sessions available corresponded to the diverse range of attendees at BCME9; all of whom were consistently friendly as well as willing to discuss their vast experience and varied roles.  I created a twitter account specifically for engaging with the mathematics community ahead of BCME9. Having already benefited from using so many of their fantastic resources, it was inspiring to meet mathematical ‘celebrities’ face-to-face such as Craig Barton and Jo Morgan. Read full report here.

2017 - Jon Howlett -  Common Denominators: connections within and beyond mathematics

I was delighted to hear that I had received the branches bursary to attend this year’s MA conference at Royal Holloway. I had previously attended a handful of other MA events, and had found them helpful in providing ideas for my teaching. Having taken on a new role in my school as Guided Maths Leader, I was keen to look for ideas across the primary age range that I could bring back to school to share with my colleagues. The opportunity to share and discuss successes and challenges in mathematics teaching with teachers from different settings also appealed to me.  Read full report here.

2016 - Lindsey Sharp -  Inspiring Teachers

Did it ‘Inspire Teachers’?  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.

Mel MuldowneySo 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.
 

Branches Committee

Aims

The Committee exists to encourage and support the activities of the Branches.

Contact

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

 

Local Contacts

Elgin - Bill Richardson

Telford - Keith Cadman