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Maths and statistics support for students gets £800,000 backing

A national initiative that helps students improve their mathematical and statistical skills is to get an £800,000 boost, the Higher Education Funding Council for England has announced.

The three year funding will enable any HE institution in England to tap into resources developed by sigma, the national network for cross-university mathematics and statistics support, since it was established eight years ago.

The money will be used to help develop new mathematics support centres and related activities, back existing centres, run workshops and conferences, and create new resources.

Chris Milward, Hefce's Associate Director, said: "It is clear that students across a range of disciplines need a mathematical fluency and competency to succeed in their university  studies and in work. We are very pleased to be able to support Sigma to continue its excellent work in spreading and enhancing maths support for students across England."

The sigma national mathematics and statistics support activity will be led from Loughborough University's Mathematics Education Centre.