It All Adds Up
Royal Institution Masterclasses
The Royal Institution coordinates enriching masterclasses for students across the UK. The mathematics masterclasses are designed to encourage, inspire and engage young people in the art and practice of mathematics. The highly interactive sessions introduce students to aspects or applications of maths which are not usually covered in the school curriculum. The age range varies from Primary Mathematics Masterclasses, Secondary Mathematics Masterclasses (Year 8 and above), Engineering Masterclasses (Year 9), and Computer Science Masterclasses.
The Mathematical Institute runs and hosts the Oxfordshire Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclasses (Years 9-11). Teachers will receive a pack each October asking them to nominate students for the classes, which run on six Saturdays from January to March.
FMSP Girls' Conference
Audience: Girls in Year 9
The Further Maths Support Programme (FMSP) runs a Girls' Conference aimed at girls in Year 9 who are potential A-level students but who may not be considering Mathematics and Further Mathematics because of lack of interest or confidence. The day involves workshops and short talks.
The Pathways Programme is an initiative coordinated by the Colleges of the University of Oxford, with support from the Sutton Trust, for year 10 to year 13 students. Although not solely maths-focused, the programme aims to provide information, advice and guidance on higher education and Oxford to academically able students, and staff members, in non-selective state schools with little history of student progression to Oxford. All of their events are free. Different events are run for different ages: Year 10 Taster Days, Year 11 Investigating Options, Year 12 Study Days, and Year 13 Application Days.
Philosophy Plus Science
Audience: Year 11 and Year 12 students
What is chaos? What is infinity? Can machines think? The links between Science and Philosophy are broad and deep, extending well beyond the obvious overlaps in logic, artificial intelligence, and ethics. This taster day provides an opportunity to find out more about how science and philosophy intertwine. More specifically, how Computer Science, Physics, and Mathematics all have one thing in common, Philosophy. This event is an opportunity for students who are considering applying for a joint degree in these subjects, and want to find out more.
For more information and booking see: Philosophy Plus Science Taster Day
Further Maths What Next?
Date: March and July
Audience: Year 12 (March) and Years 11 and 12 (July)
Studying Further Maths A-level, but not sure what you want to do at University? Want to know a bit more about Maths–related degree subjects that don't appear on the school curriculum? Oxford's Mathematical Institute, Departments of Computer Science, Statistics and Engineering Science are delighted to welcome A-level students, from UK schools, to the "Further Maths — What Next?" event. The day draws together subject areas from across the University who are looking for prospective students with a real aptitude for Maths. Attendees will attend a range of short taster sessions on subjects that list Further Maths as either a 'highly desirable' or 'helpful' A-level for Oxford applicants to have.
For more information and booking see: Further Maths What Next?
Lesser Spotted Sciences
Audience: Year 11 students
Planning on (or already) doing Maths & science at A-level (or equivalent)? Love science but not sure about Uni? Talented at Maths, but want something less abstract? Want to know a bit more about science degree subjects that don't often appear on the school curriculum? Heard of Earth Sciences, Engineering, Statistics, Computer Science, Biological Sciences, BioMedical Sciences, or Materials, but not really sure what they are? We are delighted to welcome year 11 (final year of GCSE) students to the "Lesser-Spotted Sciences Day". The day draws together science subjects from Oxford's Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences Division and beyond, that aren't commonly taught in schools.
For more information, including booking, visit the Lesser Spotted Sciences website.
PROMYS Europe at the University of Oxford is an intensive six-week summer immersion in mathematics for mathematically talented pre-university students. Need-based financial aid and travel reimbursement are available thanks to support from our partners. Applications open early in the year and close at the end of March.
We seek European students aged at least 16 who would benefit from the opportunity to delve deeply into fundamental mathematical questions within a richly stimulating and supportive community of fellow first-year students, returning students, undergraduate counsellors, research mentors, faculty, and visiting mathematicians. First-year students focus primarily on a series of very challenging problem sets, daily lecture, and exploration labs in Number Theory. Advanced seminars and numerous mini-courses and guest lectures tackle a wide range of topics. Guest lecturers in 2015 included Professors Sir Andrew Wiles and Ben Green.
Oxford Mathematics Alphabet
UKMT Intermediate Challenge
The Intermediate Challenge is aimed at pupils in Year 11 or below in England and Wales, Year 12 or below in Northern Ireland and S4 or below in Scotland. The top 40% of students nationally receive a gold, silver or bronze certificate in the ratio 1:2:3 and each institution receives a Best in School certificate. Around 500 of the highest scorers in each school year are invited to take part in the Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad papers: Cayley, Hamilton and Maclaurin for year 9, 10 and 11 and equivalent. A further 5,500 pupils from across all three year groups are invited to sit either the grey or pink European Kangaroo papers. High scoring students may be invited to participate in UKMT summer schools.
UKMT Team Maths Challenge
The UKMT organises the Team Maths Challenge for pupils in Year 8 and Year 9 (and equivalent). A team consists of four pupils, and teams should have no more than two pupils from the upper age group. Regional Finals are held throughout the country (the Mathematical Institute hosts the Oxfordshire Regional Finals) and qualifying teams from the Regional Finals will be invited to compete at a one-day National Final held in London.
NRICH has hundreds of rich mathematical problems and investigations, all freely available on their website, organised by topic and age range. They produce themed collections of their resources - you might like to try Be a Mathematician! (primary), Thinking Mathematically (secondary), or Prepare for University (upper secondary).
Arranging a visit to or from Oxford
If you're a teacher interested in bringing students to the Mathematical Institute, or you'd like to arrange a visit to your school from one of our departmental members please fill in our online form. Alternatively, if you'd like to do something involving maths and university life you can contact your link college to arrange a visit. If you're unsure who your link college is, please see the regional college outreach page on the University of Oxford's website.
If you want to be informed about the latest outreach events going on at the Mathematical Institute please sign up to our mailing list by emailing our schools liaison officer.
You can find a complete listing of outreach events going on in Oxford at the university's outreach calendar and a complete list of Oxford and Cambridge events at the Oxford and Cambridge Collaborative Outreach Network.