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Mission Statement and Annual Reports

Mission Statement

Welcome to the UCD Maths Support Centre.

The UCD Maths Support Centre (MSC) is an informal drop-in centre available as a free service to all UCD students registered to a level 0, 1 or 2 module, irrespective of their programme of study. You can book an in-person or online appointment though there is no need to book an appointment, you can just drop by with your mathematical or statistical query and speak to one of our welcoming tutors.

Please note that the MSC only supports students registered on the Belfield campus, e.g., we do not support Smurfit or Beijing-registered students.

The Maths Support Centre is located on the ground floor of the James Joyce Library. Here you will receive one-to-one or small-group maths tuition during our drop-in service hours (see the timetable for details). You can attend during these hours to use the MSC as a maths study space, where you can work at your own pace with a tutor on-hand if you have any questions. Outside of these hours, the MSC is open as a group study space for mathematics (and other students) during library opening hours.

The MSC aims to enhance your knowledge of mathematics and guide you to becoming a more self-directed learner. Whether you feel totally lost or are perhaps seeking to reach a higher grade then the MSC is the place to come.

Most importantly, the MSC is staffed by dedicated and experienced tutors who can offer individual support in Mathematics, Statistics, Applied and Computational Maths (ACM), or any other numerate subject such as Architecture, Economics, Engineering or Nursing where problems can arise due to a lack of mathematical understanding.

The MSC is especially committed to supporting and guiding first year and pre-entry students who have doubts about their background in mathematics and those from targeted widening participation initiatives who aim to increase thier confidence in maths.

There are many reasons why students may worry about being underprepared for university mathematicss. For example, students may have missed a particular topic in school, or it may be many years since they were in school or they may have come through another educational systems or simlpy had a bad teaching or learning experience with mathematics... whatever the reasons, the MSC is here to help students who want to make the transition to third level mathematics more smooth. Take a look at some feedback from previous MSC users to see what they have said about our service.

The following two documents outline the MSC Terms of Reference and the MSC Director's Role.

MSC Annual Reports

Every year the UCD Maths Support Centre writes a report for the university detailing the activity of the centre in that academic year.

Details include an executive summary, statistics on MSC visits, students' and staff feedback and recommendations for the future.

Here is a sample of previous years' reports for more information.

Contact the Maths Support Centre

James Joyce Library, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
T: +353 1 716 7536 | E: msc@ucd.ie