New centre to give Sheffield students key maths skills

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A new centre at Sheffield University has been launched to tackle a major shortage of social science graduates who also have the numerical skills demanded by the UK jobs market.

The Sheffield Methods Institute, part of the Faculty of Social Sciences, will offer two undergraduate degree courses specialising in those skills.

Only 20 per cent of post-16 students in Britain study maths, compared to 50 per cent in many other countries.

Institute director Gwilym Pryce said: “This centre is imperative to transform skills set of our graduates.

“Businesses are struggling to find graduates who are highly numerate and can measure and use quantitative data. Examining data is no longer a role for a rare few, it is vital for the growth of the economy to train well rounded graduates equipped with these skills.”