Press Releases 2014-2015

UWTSD Secondary PGCE Mathematics Students Volunteer at Masterclasses for Year 9 Pupils


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David Secondary PGCE Mathematics course has hosted three out of a series of six Mathematics Masterclasses for Year 9 pupils from schools in Swansea, Carmarthenshire and Neath Port Talbot. The course has taken place every year in January and February, for the last ten years. 

The course is run in conjunction with the Wales Institute of Mathematical and Computational Sciences, the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the Mathematics Department at Swansea University, the Further Maths Support Programme and the Mathematics Advisors for Swansea, Carmarthenshire and Neath Port Talbot.

The Masterclasses are aimed at Year 9 More Able and Talented pupils who have an aptitude for and a real interest in the art and practice of mathematics. Through a variety of topics, they are given a taste of the nature of mathematical thinking via presentations from different Mathematical experts.

The course is held on three Saturday mornings at the Townhill campus where an average of 110 pupils attend. The Secondary PGCE Mathematics students are involved in supporting and helping out in these classes together with Helen Denny, lead lecturer in Secondary PGCE Mathematics and Numeracy and Libby Chancer, PGCE Secondary Mathematics Lecturer.

Helen Denny said: “It is fantastic to see so many pupils enthusiastic about Mathematics on a Saturday morning!

“Our PGCE Maths students gain a lot from working with and supporting these talented pupils, they are involved with the lecture, presentation and helping to organise the sessions. They show great enthusiasm about the sessions.”

PGCE Secondary Mathematics at UWTSD equips trainees to teach Mathematics up to and including A Level within the secondary sector, including Welsh medium if requested. The programme refreshes and extends students' mathematical knowledge and provides opportunity to make a difference to young people's lives and aspirations.

Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Sara Jones, PR and Communications Officer, on 07449 998 478 or via email at
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014