Diversifying the Curriculum

Monday 17 June 2019

L1, Andrew Wiles Building, University of Oxford

This one-day workshop will draw together colleagues from Oxford and beyond to explore ways to incorporate the history of mathematics into the teaching of mathematics at undergraduate level, and in particular how this can help undergraduates to meet a more diverse collection of historical figures and to learn more about diversity in the history of mathematics. The workshop is about teaching mathematics, rather than about teaching history of mathematics. The aim is to explore and to gather examples of possible approaches that mathematics lecturers and tutors can, in practice, use in their teaching to diversify the curriculum.

This workshop is organised by Christopher Hollings and Vicky Neale (University of Oxford), and is supported by the Oxford University Diversity Fund.


Everyone is welcome, and participation is free.

For catering purposes, please register by 2 June by emailing Christopher Hollings with your name and any special dietary requirements.

Please also email Chris with any special access requirements, and with any questions about the workshop.

Draft timetable

10:00–10:30 Arrival and refreshments

10:30–11:00 June Barrow-Green (The Open University) Towards a diversity resource for undergraduate mathematics

11:00–11:30 Deborah Kent (Drake University) Omar Khayyam’s Geometrical Solution of the Cubic: An Example of Using History in the Teaching of Mathematics

11:30–12:00 Calvin Smith (University of Reading) Towards a More Diverse Curriculum through Role Models
and Assessment

12:00–12:30 Peter Rowlett (Sheffield Hallam University) Diversity in the Teaching of Communication and Basic Research Skills

12:30–13:30 Lunch (provided for registered attendees)

13:30–14:00 Brigitte Stenhouse (The Open University) Benefits to Students of Diversifying the Curriculum

14:00–14:30 Tomoko Kitagawa (University of Oxford) Integrating East Asia and Africa into Mathematics Teaching

14:30–15:00 Discussion and consideration of next steps

15:00- Refreshments and informal discussion for those able to stay