I am delighted to be taking on the role of chairing the Professional Affairs Committee and would like to thank my predecessor Chris Greenough for all his hard work and support for PAC. The following outline of some of the key areas of discussion and decisions made at my first meeting on 29th March will give you a flavour of our work.
One of the aims of PAC is to increase engagement with Corporate Affiliates and individual members from the business/professional sector. It was really pleasing to hear that a number of Corporate Affiliates not currently represented on PAC could be joining us. We had a very initial useful discussion about the sort of activities that could be introduced to encourage organisations to become Corporate Affiliates providing a basis for ongoing work which we aim to feed into the IMA’s forthcoming Strategy Review. One such activity that has been very effective has been the annual Employers’ Forum which is hosted and organised by one of the Corporate Affiliates with input from individual members of PAC. I would like to thank EDF Energy for offering to do this for a second time. Following discussion regarding a possible theme of the event it was felt that that adapting employability, sustainability and diversity for a mathematical context could provide the basis for a programme.
We received a report of a “Meet the Employers” event jointly run by Noel-Ann Bradshaw (University of Greenwich) and Tesco PLC to introduce mathematical job roles to students. The event was open to students from the London area and went very well despite attendance being affected by a train strike. While recognising that this type of event would not be suitable for some Corporate Affiliates, we are happy to identify a possible academic partner for any Corporate Affiliate interested in a similar event.
As part of our responsibility for Initial and Continuing Professional Development we have been concerned about supporting and recognising members achieving chartership status. We are pleased that the possibility of introducing some sort of mentoring will be discussed at the strategy review. In the meantime we agreed that encouragement for new registrants to support other applicants will be included in new member packs. In addition a letter will be included in the pack sent to members achieving CMath/CSci which can be forwarded to the most appropriate individual (normally HR Department) informing them Chartership has been achieved.
We also discussed progress made in creating a streamlined online application process for new members employed by Corporate Affiliates and are happy that this will go live following testing. We also thanked IMA staff for their hard work in creating the new IMA website.
PAC supports the IMA in contributing to wider policy development and we discussed how we could contribute as a group and individually to the current Community Review of Maths and Knowledge Exchange led by Professor Phillip Bond.
I hope this has given an indication of the breadth of discussion at our meeting. If you have any queries about the PAC or individual items please contact John Meeson who will be more than willing to help.