Richard Earl has been appointed as the new Schools Liaison and Access Officer. Richard's main duties and responsibilities will be:
- To promote the study of Mathematics at secondary school level and to encourage able students from many backgrounds to continue their studies in mathematical sciences at tertiary level.
- To encourage, and enable, students to study mathematical sciences at Oxford, particularly those from under-represented groups or from schools that do not normally send students to Oxford.
- To assist the Admissions Secretary with all aspects of the organisation and administration associated with the admissions exercise for undergraduates in mathematical sciences, including supervising the production and marking of the mathematics test, organising Open Days, producing publicity materials, and responding to queries from potential applicants and teachers.
- To deliver popular lectures and master-classes to secondary school students and their teachers.
- To attend subject fairs, visit schools and provide information to promote applications to read one of the degrees in the mathematical sciences.
- To provide teaching at 'bridging' level for students when they first arrive at Oxford.
- To liaise with other Schools' officers in the Division and at other universities with strong mathematical science departments.
- To assist in the design and write material for a website to help bridge the gap between the study of mathematics as a single A-level and the first year at university.
He will take up his appointment on 1 August 2003.