Professor Jacqui Ramagge
presented with her
award from the inaugural ...
Benefit of early education adds up for maths award winner
The Head of UOW's School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics, Professor Jacqui Ramagge, who has developed two new subjects in mathematics and statistics for prospective primary teachers, has been honoured by the Australian Mathematics Trust.
early years were spent in a council flat in a 20-storey tower block in inner London.
was considered an average student in primary, though always in the top maths group.
She knows from personal experience the difference that a good teacher can make when, in the equivalent of Year 5, she had an amazing teacher under whose guidance her reading age improved by six years in just nine months.
Professor Ramagge spent her high school years at Holland Park Comprehensive School, a multi-cultural comprehensive school of 1700 students who between them spoke 40 different languages at home.
While the school did not participate in any of the Olympiad programs, the maths staff did teach Jacqui the basics of group theory and differential equations before she
left high school.
was the first in her
family to have finished high school, let alone gone to university, so her
choices were mostly driven by teacher advice.
undergraduate degree at Warwick University
, which had, and still has, a very strong reputation in Mathematics.
stayed on at Warwick and did a PhD before emigrating to Australia in 1991.
She began working as a tutor at UNSW while writing up her thesis and in 1992 won a different B.H. Neumann prize for the most outstanding student talk at the Australian Mathematical Society's meeting in Perth.
In 2007, Professor Ramagge
moved to the School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics at UOW
community service is now more focused on schools in the Illawarra, South Coast and South Sydney regions.
She has worked closely with the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) since its inception and helped to produce and pilot the ICE-EM Mathematics textbooks in addition to directing the AMSI Summer School.
has developed two new subjects in mathematics and statistics for prospective primary teachers which are now running very successfully and is an innovator in the use of new technology to improve the learning experience for remote students.
fully understands the importance of the early years of education and is prepared to put time into acting on that belief.