Mathematics Support Centre

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Mathematics and statistics are relevant to many discipline areas; however, many students experience difficulties with these subjects as they begin their university studies. The University of Birmingham's Mathematics Support Centre is a place where students from all disciplines can receive additional help with the mathematical and statistical content of their courses. This is in addition to the support you will receive as part of your undergraduate programme.

Mathematics drop-in support

You can drop-in to the Mathematics Support Centre and receive one-to-one help with any mathematics or statistics based problem; there is no need to make an appointment. The support centre provides a relaxed and friendly environment where experienced mathematicians will help you with any mathematical difficulties you may have, and help develop your mathematical confidence.

The drop-in support is particularly targeted at foundation and first-year undergraduate students from all disciplines and programmes of study within the university, and at students from other year groups identified as having particular difficulties with introductory mathematical and statistical techniques.

The Mathematics Support Centre currently has a remit to provide drop-in support to undergraduate students only. If you are a postgraduate student and would like to brush up on your maths and statistical skills, we have some useful online tools to help you, which can be accessed by clicking on the links to the right of this page. Alternatively, you can contact your supervisor or personal tutor within your department to find out what support is available from your department.

In addition to the face to face support provided, the Academic skills gateway also provides online support for mathematical skills

Statistics support

There are specialist tutors in the Mathematics Support Centre every Wednesday who can provide advice and guidance with statistical queries. If you have a statistical query you are advised to attend on Wednesdays between 1300 and 1600. 

We also have some online Statistical Methods for Research courses which have been produced in collaboration with Epigeum, an external skills partner. These courses have been contextualised for the following disciplines:

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences

You can self-enrol on these courses via the Canvas course gallery. Once at the gallery listing you will need to select the 'Research and Information Skills' link within the Gallery.

Please note, the face-to face statistical support is aimed primarily at supporting undergraduate students. Our online resources are available to all students.

Mathematics Support Centre opening times and schedule

Please note that the Maths Support Centre will be open for the supplementary exam period from 22 August to 2 September 2016. These sessions will take place from 1300-1600 Monday to Friday and they will take place in the Maths Support Centre, Room 116a on the first floor, in the old/current main library building (R22 on the campus map). Click here for deails of timetable for supplementary exam period

The main cohort of drop in sessions will commence from 03 October 2016 at 10.00am, in the new main library building - this is to be confirmed.

Experienced postgraduate tutors will be available at these times from a range of discipline areas. You are encouraged to consult the timetable and list of tutors to see who might be best placed to support your query. All tutors are able to provide mathematics support for the disciplines of mathematics, engineering (all forms), physics, chemistry and computer science.

Feedback cards

We take your feedback seriously. To help us improve our service please could you complete and return the feedback cards that are given to you when you visit the Centre. Details of where to submit your feedback are on the postcards and all feedback will remain anonymous.

Online resources

There are a range of mathematics and statistics resources freely available online that you might find helpful if you need to revise or revisit a particular topic: and

Additionally, a Wiki has recently been launched as part of a collaboration between the University of Birmingham and Newcastle University which contains a range of materials to support the learning of statistics. 

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Mathematics and statistics online resources

The following online resources for mathematics and statistics might be helpful to you: 

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Birmingham and Newcastle combined logo

Maths support Wiki 


Research and Information Skills online course


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