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Press Release - 28 January, 2003

Professor Adrian Smith, appointed chair of the Post-14 Mathematics Inquiry, today announced the members of the Inquiry's Steering Group. They are:

  • Professor Eileen Baker
  • Professor Sir Christopher Llewellyn-Smith
  • Sir Michael Lickiss
  • Dr Gordon Marshall
  • Dr Sir Thomas McKillop
  • Professor Sir Gareth Roberts
  • Susan Singer
  • Sir Peter Williams

Professor Smith said:

"I am delighted that this group of highly regarded individuals has agreed to work with me on this challenging and important Inquiry.

We know that there are many individuals and organisations who have particular concerns and ideas for improvement. We wish to encourage them to come forward and share them."

The Inquiry will consult widely and is expected to report to Ministers by the end of June.

Margaret Hodge, Minister for Lifelong Learning and Higher Education announced the terms of reference for the Inquiry on 25 November 2002, which, are:

"To make recommendations on changes to the curriculum, qualifications and pedagogy for those aged 14 and over in schools, colleges and higher education institutions to enable those students to acquire the mathematical knowledge and skills necessary to meet the requirements of employers and of further and higher education."


Editor's Notes

This press notice relates to UK

1. The Inquiry is expected to report by June 2003 and to take evidence from a wide range of interests.

2. Professor Adrian Smith was appointed Principal of Queen Mary, University of London in 1998. He was Professor of Mathematical Statistics at the University of Nottingham from 1977 to 1990 and Professor of Statistics and Head of Mathematics at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine from 1990 to 1998. He is a recent president of the Royal Statistical Society and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001. He is a Governor of the London Business School.

3. Professor Eileen Baker is Principal of Bishop Grosseteste College in Lincoln. She has been a nominee on the General Teaching Council for England since 2000 and has eight years experience as a member of Her Majesty's Inspectorate. She is an elected or nominated member of a number of bodies with interests in university education and the training and supply of teachers.

4. Professor Sir Christopher Llewellyn Smith is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Physics, University of Oxford. He has served as Provost and President of University College London (1999-2002), Director General of CERN (1994-1998), and Chairman of Oxford Physics (1987-1992). He is chair of the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME).

5. Sir Michael Lickiss is a chartered accountant, and takes up appointment as Chairman of the new tourism body (which merges the English Tourism Council and the British Tourist Authority) on 1 April 2003. He was the first Chairman of the South West England Regional Development Agency, President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (1990-91), Senior Partner of Grant Thornton (1991-94) and Chairman of the Business Technology and Education Council (BTEC; 1994-2000). He is a Governor of the London School of Economics.


6. Dr Gordon Marshall took up the post of Vice Chancellor of Reading University on 2 January 2003. He was Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) from 2000 until the end of 2002. Previously, he was Official Fellow in Sociology at Nuffield College, Oxford, Professor of Sociology at the University of Bath, and has taught at the University of Essex and the London School of Economics.

7. Dr Sir Thomas McKillop has been Chief Executive of AstraZeneca PLC since May 1999, having previously served as Executive Director of the Zeneca Group and Chief Executive Officer of Zeneca Pharmaceuticals. He held posts at ICI from 1969 until 1983.

He is Vice President of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations, Pro-Chancellor of Leicester University, and Chairman of the British Pharma Group and the NorthWest Science Council.

8. Professor Sir Gareth Roberts has been President of Wolfson College, Oxford since 2001. Prior to this, he spent 10 years as Vice Chancellor of the University of Sheffield. He has two held industrial appointments. He is board member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, chairing its Research Committee. He is President of The Science Council. He is the author of 'SET for Success', a review into the supply of science and engineering skills in the UK.

9. Susan Singer was recently part of the small team assisting Mike Tomlinson in the second phase of his A-Level inquiry. She is retired head of Guildford High School, Guildford, Surrey, and former president of the Girls' Schools Association.

10. Sir Peter Williams is Master of St Catherine's College, Oxford, Chairman of the Engineering and Technology Board, Chairman of the UK's National Museum of Science and Industry, a Director of GKN plc, President of the Institute of Physics, and former Chairman of Oxford Instruments plc.

11. The Inquiry into Post-14 Mathematics was announced by Paul Boateng, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, on 23 July as part of the Government response, Investing in Innovation, to recommendations in Sir Gareth Roberts' report SET for Success: The supply of people with science, technology, engineering and mathematical skills. (HMT Press Notice 71/02).

The relevant part of the response, to recommendation 2.10 of the Roberts report, reads "The Government is also launching a review into post-14 mathematics, with the aim of ensuring that the UK has enough young people with good mathematical skills and knowledge that meets the needs of employers and of further and higher education."



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