Extended Foundation Degree Programme
Course Tutor for the Extended Foundation Degree Programme and member of the EFDP Course Committee.
Extra optional weekly classes are provided which provide extra help and tuition for the 1st year engineering mathematics and mechanics modules, and also for second year mathematics. Extra drop in help sessions are also arranged for first year statistics support. Individual and small group support can be provided by appointment by booking on my office door sheet, which can cover engineering mathematics, mechanics and statistics.
Harper Adams University supports Food and Farming Futures, the online land-based library.
MSOR CETL Conference - September 2009- At The Open University in Milton Keynes. Gave presentation 'A miscellany of student perspectives on learning mathematics' Conference details available at http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2009/CETL-MSOR_Conference_2009 and http://www.mathstore.ac.uk/index.php?pid=253. See abstract p.15 of http://www.mathstore.ac.uk/repository/Session_Abstracts.pdf
Aspire CETL Conference - April 2008 – Harper Adams University College.
Aspire Report, Conference Presentation and poster available via links from Aspire Development Fellows web-page:
CETL-MSOR Conference 2007, University of Birmingham 10-11th Sep 2007
Presentation: not available on-line.
Paper sent to MSOR Connections, HEA subject centre newsletter.
Addressing the Quantitative Skills Gap Conference, St Andrew’s, June 2007
Paper produced May 2008. Published 2010.
DDIG Conference 2007 Pathways to Progress at Loughborough, March 2007
Presentation title: Dyslexic and Dyscalculic Students learning Maths
Session Details available from
Presentation available from
11th May 2006 – Presentation at Research Students Presentation Meeting, Mathematics Education Centre, Loughborough University.
Mathtutor Transferability Project 2005-6 participant
Harper Adams Case Study, in Meeting Mathtutor Booklet
Parsons, S. 2006. Harper Adams Case Study In: Mathtutor, 2006. Meeting Mathtutor, pp. 29-31.
HELM Conference - September 2005 - Loughborough University
Presentation ‘Self-Confidence in Mathematics’ available from:
Poster also produced
Dyscalculia and Dyslexia Interest Group Conference 2005, 13th April 2005, Loughborough University. Characteristics of Dyslexic and Dyscalculic Students.
Presentation available from http://ddig.lboro.ac.uk/documents/SJ_Parsons.ppt
UMTC Birmingham University - September 2004 – Paper published by working Group, and presentation
Workshop and Conference Report by Liz Price, Available at:
Parsons, S. 2004. Presentation: Mathematics Support for Engineering Students. In: E. Price, ed. Proceedings of the Undergraduate Mathematics Teaching Conference UMTC 2004 held at the University of Birmingham. 1-3rd September 2004. Birmingham: University of Birmingham. pp. 47-52.
Joint author of Case Study Re. Chris Swift – April 2004 – for Engineering HEA Subject Centre
Swift,C., Wakeham, G. and Parsons, S. 2004.The experience of a wheelchair user Agricultural Engineering student at Harper Adams University College
Case Study available at: http://www.engsc.ac.uk/downloads/Disability/agriculture.pdf (URL and HEA Engineering Subject Centre are no longer active)
Case Study currently available at: https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/knowledge-hub/case-study-experience-wheelchair-user-studying-agricultural-engineering-harper-adams
Dyslexia and Dyscalculia Interest Group (DDIG) Workshop - University of Leicester March 2004 – University of Leicester, 'Engineering Mathematics and the Dyslexic Student'. Presentation available at: http://ddig.lboro.ac.uk/pages/presentations_16mar03.html
Notes available at:
LTSN Engineering and Progress FDTL3 Project Workshop 17th December 2003, London, 'Improving Retention through Mathematics Support' Presentation available at http://www.engsc.ac.uk/nef/events/progress.asp