Outreach

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

19th March 2017 - Deadline for PROMYS Europe applications - application details and problem sheets.

30th March 2017 - Statistics Taster Day - bookings now open.

22nd April 2017 - Mathematical Institute and Department of Computer Science Open Day - bookings now open.

29th April 2017 - Mathematical Institute and Department of Statistics Open Day - bookings now open.

Want to visit or have us visit you?

If you're a teacher interested in bringing students to the Andrew Wiles Building, 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.

Oxford Mathematics Alphabet

The Oxford Mathematics Alphabet is an outreach project showcasing the amazing and wonderful research going on at the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford.

Posters

International Mathematical Union poster
From Oxford mathematicians to the Oxford Mathematics Alphabet we hope these posters will inspire you and your students and brighten up your classroom walls.

Events in Oxford

If you're a teacher who would like to be added to our mailing list of upcoming maths, please email our Schools Liaison Officer.

You can find a complete listing of outreach events going on in Oxford at the university's outreach calendar.

Further Maths: What Next?

This is an event for year 12 students, held annually around Easter, who are taking Further Maths, but do not know what they want to study at university. The day provides a series of taster sessions on a wide range of subjects offered by Oxford University, all of which have a mathematical component. From Earth Sciences to Computer Science, and from Mathematics to Biochemistry, the day is an excellent chance for students to explore their options. Booking has now closed for the 15th March event, but we are planning on running a second event in early July.

It All Adds Up 2017

One day conferences for girls in Years 9-11 and Years 12-13.

Department of Statistics

The Department of Statistics runs a series of taster days throughout the year, aimed at getting students interested in taking statistics further.

They also participate in the Lesser Spotted Sciences event for year 11 students, run jointly with Computer Science. For more information, see the school liaison page on the Statistics website.

Problem Solving MATters

A new course ran in 2016 aiming to develop problem solving skills in students planning to sit the Maths Admissions Test. The course consists of three face-to-face study days in either Oxford or Imperial College, three summer assignments (marked by a student mentor), and five online follow-up sessions. For more information see PDF icon the course flyer.

The course costs £50 and students will be expected to make their own travel arrangements. However, we do have funding available to cover the course and travel costs for students who need this.

We anticipate that this course will run again in 2017.

FMSP

The Further Maths Support Programme runs a series of events for Oxfordshire, Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire schools. Recent events have included a year 9 Conference for Girls, encouraging students to think about mathematics as part of their future education and careers, and Problem Solving workshops for year 13 students for the MAT/STEP/AEA exams. We also host the "Why Further Maths?" event for year 10 students, and a Mathematics Masterclass. For more details, see the FMSP South East region for listings of student and teacher events, or contact the Further Maths Support Programme Area Coordinator.

RI Masterclasses

We run a yearly series of Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclasses for year 9, year 10, and year 11 students from Oxfordshire state schools. These masterclasses are held on Saturday mornings in the Andrew Wiles Building and are a chance for young mathematicians to explore a wide range of mathematics, delivered by mathematicians. To attend the year 9 series you must be nominated by your school. Students are then invited back for the year 10 and year 11 series. Letters requesting nominations from schools for students are sent to schools in November every year. If you'd like more information, please email the RI Masterclass coordinator.

UKMT

The UKMT hosts several events in the Andrew Wiles Building, including Maths Circles for Year 10 students, and the Oxfordshire Team Maths Challenge. 

If you enjoy doing maths, or you're a teacher looking to engage students, the UKMT offers several maths competitions for individuals, regional team challenges, and mentoring schemes for students. The UKMT also runs the British Mathematical Olympiad and the UK Mathematical Olympiad for Girls. There are also various summer schools (some listed below) which are mainly open to students who score very well on the competitions.

Undergraduate Open Days

There are two Departmental Open Days for prospective undergraduates each year - BOOKING NOW OPEN! The Mathematical Institute also runs a programme of talks during the three University Open Days.

Mathematical Institute Open Days 2017

  • The Mathematical Institute open days in 2017 will be on Saturday 22nd April, Saturday 29th April, Wednesday 28th June, Thursday 29th June and Friday 15th September.

Marcus' Marvellous Mathemagicians

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Marcus' Marvellous Mathemagicians (M^3) is a group of current maths students, junior research fellows and PDRAs at the University of Oxford, championed by Professor Marcus du Sautoy, the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science.

Summer Schools

Are you interested in staying in Oxford and learning about maths at the same time? Then our summer schools are for you. At present, we host three different summer schools: UNIQ, PROMYS Europe, and the UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT).

UNIQ

The UNIQ summer schools are aimed at year 12 (or equivalent) state school/college students who want to learn more about Oxford and the courses here. We run three UNIQ summer schools -- two on "Matrices, Markov Chains, and Modelling" and one on "What are the Chances?" which is held jointly with the Statistics department. For more information, including how to apply, see the UNIQ website. Applications open in early January and the deadline for applications is early February. To apply you should be intending to study Mathematics to A2. Further Maths is useful, but not essential.

Students on the course have said they enjoyed learning about new areas and being able to apply this in independent situations, meeting other mathematicians, the problem solving competition, and how much more welcoming and accessible Oxford now seems. 

PROMYS Europe

Photo: Julia Banfield at Wadham College

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.

UKMT

UKMT summer schools take place in yearly in Oxford. One is for girls only and participants are invited based on their performance in the Intermediate Olympiad and Kangaroo papers. The other summer schools are for participants invited based on their performance in the Intermediate Maths Challenge.

More information about the UKMT can be found on their website, including details of their mentoring scheme.

Other residential events

Pathways

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 maths-focussed, 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, and are run in Oxford.

Women in Science

This is an Easter residential held at Somerville College for year 10 state school female scientists. Details of how to apply will appear on the MPLS website.

Events outside of Oxford

The University of Oxford also runs events all over the country for both teachers and students. 

Maths and Science Teachers' Conference

Oxford University runs a yearly, day-long event for maths and science teachers who are interested in finding out more about the application process, the subjects we offer, and interesting extensions of their subject. The programme for the day also includes mock interview sessions and an opportunity to network with other institutions from the region and with Oxford staff and students. The event is free to attend, and to find out more please see the Maths and Science Teachers' Conference website.

Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences

These one day conferences happen across the UK in mid to late March. They're free to attend, and you can see a wide range of talks by subject tutors, chat to current students and admissions tutors, and ask any burning questions you have about studying here or applying. You can find out more information on the Student Conferences website.