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Book Now for the inaugural meeting of the Irish Branch of the Mathematical Resilience Network who are hosting a one-day workshop on Developing Awareness of Maths Anxiety on Monday, 12th June 2023, 10.30- 16:00.

Maths anxiety is a psychological phenomenon in which a person experiences fear, tension, or discomfort when faced with mathematical tasks or situations. It is a common problem among students in higher education, particularly in subjects that require a strong mathematical foundation such as physics, engineering, and economics. Maths anxiety can have a range of negative effects on a student's academic performance and well-being and can also have wider implications for a student's academic and career prospects.

The workshop will be held at MTU's Bishopstown Campus , and the provisional schedule is as follows:

  • 10:00-10:30 – Registration and Tea/Coffee Reception
  • 10:30-12:30 – Keynotes
  • 12:30-13:15 – Lunch
  • 13:15- 14:45 – Short Talks - view abstracts
  • 14:45-15:15 – Tea/Coffee
  • 15:15-16:00 – Closing Panel Discussion

Programme Committee:

  • Maria Ryan, Mary Immaculate College, Ireland
  • Julie Crowley, Munster Technological University, Ireland
  • Sue Johnston Wilder, University of Warwick, UK

Local Organising Committee:

  • Marese Bermingham, Head of AnSEO – The Student Engagement Office, Teaching and Learning Unit and Arts Office, MTU
  • David Goulding, Head of Department of Mathematics, MTU
  • Julie Crowley, Lecturer, Mathematics and Academic Learning Centre, MTU
  • Deirdre Casey, Coordinator, Academic Learning Centre, MTU
  • Linda O'Sullivan, Teaching and Learning Unit, MTU
  • John O’Doherty, Teaching and Learning Unit, MTU

Lead Department

Mathematics, MTU Cork

Coordinated by

Julie Crowley (Julie.Crowley@mtu.ie)

Active members



A Learning Community initiated to discuss, improve and implement best practice for the department.

Recent Activities

The Mathematics Learning Community:

  • Hold regular committee meetings via Teams and in-person.
  • May 3rd, 2022, co-hosted with the Economics Learning Community, a one hour ‘date’. This was held in the staff room and 17 participants had a productive session.


The Department of Mathematics has a well-established learning community that has been in existence for over 5 years and as such have been very active over this period, organising professional development activities, instigating projects on mathematical related topics and developing mathematics related resources useful to both CIT lecturers and students.

The aims of this learning community are:

  • To foster an enthusiastic community of 3rd level mathematics educators
  • To provide a space for conversations on maths education
  • To share ideas
  • To examine good practice in delivery of maths
  • To explore how to share good practice in survey design with the larger CIT community


They have achieved much in this time frame and have done so by:

  • Making the experience enjoyable for all involved
  • Listening to everyone and recording their ideas
  • Making the workload manageable, i.e. by aiming for the quieter periods of the academic year.


The following provide further information on some of the projects, funded by the TLU, and the outputs produced by this Learning Community:

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