About us

The Further Mathematics Support Programme Wales (FMSPW) is a Welsh Government funded initiative. The programme is based at the Mathematics Department, Swansea University and works in collaboration with the universities of Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, Wrexham Glyndŵr and the University of South Wales. The Programme started in 2010 within South West Wales and has gradually expanded to operate throughout all counties/regions of Wales.

The aims of the FMSPW are to:

  • raise awareness among students and their parents of the value of studying Mathematics at higher levels
  • increase the number of students in Wales studying AS/A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics
  • provide Further Mathematics GCE AS/A2 level tuition to students who cannot access Further Mathematics through their local 11-18 schools or colleges.
  • increase the number of schools and colleges in Wales offering Further Mathematics
  • increase the number of students from Wales applying to study higher education courses in Mathematics and Mathematically-rich subjects such as Engineering, Physics, IT, Finance and Economics
  • improve the transition of students from further to higher education courses in Mathematics or courses which have a significant element of Mathematics thus benefiting the wider economy

Towards these aims we:

  • Promote Further Mathematics
  • Offer Tuition and other student support
  • Produce free teaching resources for teachers
  • Provide enrichment materials and events
  • Provide Professional Learning
  • Carry out Research and promote Innovative practice

See What FMSPW does for further details of these activities

About our Programme Leader and Area Coordinators

Sofya Lyakhova
FMSPW Programme Leader
Associate professor of Mathematics in Swansea University and has been leading the programme from 2010.
Holds a PhD in Mathematics from Bristol University and a PGCE from Swansea Metropolitan University. 
Worked in both industry and education prior to joining Swansea University in 2010.  
Adrian Wells
FMSPW Professional Learning Lead
FMSPW Mid and West Wales Area Coordinator (part-time
Qualified in 1978, taught my first A level lesson on my very first day. Range of experience: subject leader/Head of Department; involved in the initial design and development of assessment tasks for ‘using and applying mathematics’/ CAIM (cognitive acceleration in mathematics); Senior Assistant Head; Examiner/Team Leader in Further Mathematics/Mathematics and Statistics (30+ years). 
Interests: developing mathematical thinking and understanding, efficient and effective teaching strategies.
Alice Lovett
FMSPW South East Wales Area Coordinator
Qualified as a Mathematics teacher in 2006. Teaching in a range of schools and a sixth form college. Head of Mathematics. Key Stage 3 Coordinator. Key Stage 5 Coordinator. Specialist Leader in Education. Interests include: Desmos and ICT use within mathematics.
Dominic Oakes
FMSPW Resources Lead and Action Research Lead
FMSPW North Wales Area Coordinator

Qualified as Mathematics teacher in 1992.
Taught in a range of schools – inner city, suburban, rural.
Head of Mathematics.
Achievement Coordinator KS3. SLT, Assessment & Achievement. Consultancy: CfEM, Tribal, YDP Poland, TES, Primary MAT. Advisor to Mathematics and Numeracy AoLE. Research interests: Connections in Mathematics curriculum design, Flipped Classroom Approach
Francis Hunt
FMSPW Enrichment Lead
FMSPW Central South Area Coordinator

Worked as a software engineer before teaching maths and doing research at Cambridge University Engineering Department between 1999 and 2006, interviewing engineering students for Newnham and Wolfson colleges.
Worked as a maths lecturer at the University of South Wales between 2006 and 2019, before joining the FMSPW in 2020.
Has given Royal Institution Maths Masterclasses at KS3 and Primary level,  tutored at GCSE and A levels, and mentors for the UKMT.
Speaks Welsh, but always keen to improve!

Stephen Earles 
FMSPW Tuition Lead
FMSPW Mid and West Wales Area Coordinator (part-time)

Qualified as a Mathematics teacher in 1985.
Taught in schools across West Wales, Head of Mathematics.
Responsible for the introduction of Further Mathematics in the school and links with Oxford University to develop a programme for high achievers.

Contact a particular office

Swansea Office
Swansea University
Further Maths Support Programme Wales
Room 103
Computational Foundry
Swansea University
Bay Campus
Swansea, SA1 8EN
Claire MusselwhiteFMSPW Project Officer
01792 606845
Caron FlynnRegional Administrative Support
01792 606845
Sofya LyakhovaArea Coordinator
Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire and Swansea,
FMSPW Programme Leader 
01792 602793
Cardiff Office
Cardiff University
Further Maths Support Programme Wales
Room E/2.16
School of Mathematics
Cardiff University
Senghennydd Road
Cardiff CF24 4AG
01792 606845
Bethanie DenyerRegional Administrative Support
Alice LovettArea Coordinator South East
Francis HuntArea Coordinator Central South
Bangor Office
Bangor University
Further Maths Support Programme Wales
Room 114
School of Computer Science
Bangor University
Dean Street
Bangor LL57 1UT
01248 382279
Dominic OakesArea Coordinator
Elen Wyn ClodeRegional Administrative Support
Aberystwyth Office
Aberystwyth University
Further Maths Support Programme Wales
Room 4.03
Physical Sciences Building
Aberystwyth University
Ceredigion SY23 3BZ
01970 622 763 or 01970 622458
Stephen Earles Area Coordinator
Ceredigion and Powys
Adrian WellsArea Coordinator
Ceredigion and Powys

Hayley OwenRegional Administrative Support and all Tuition queries 

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