Oxford Mathemagicians

Who are they?

Marcus' Marvellous Mathemagicians 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.

What do they do?

Communicate maths!

They run a range of activities including:

  • Workshops in schools
  • Workshops hosted at Oxford
  • Science fairs and public events
  • Web events
  • Mathematical walking tours

The original activities were designed by Professor Marcus du Sautoy but the Mathemagicians are increasingly creating their own workshops for specialist audiences.

Who is it for?

Workshops are suitable for students in Year 5-9, and walking tours for those aged 10+. We can unfortunately only offer school visits to Oxfordshire schools, but you are welcome to request a workshop at the Mathematical Institute as part of a visit to Oxford if you are coming from further afield. Science fairs are of course open to all.

When are they available

The Mathemagicians are mainly undergraduate and postgraduate students who volunteer their time. As such any visit to a school is arranged around their study commitmetns. Most undergraduates leave Oxford for home at the end of each term so they are usually available during term time, but postgraduates may be available outside these times.

As most undergraduate students will only know their academic commitments for each term at the first week of the term, we will only be able to confirm their workshop schedule after the second week of each term. There is usually less availability during the summer term due to exams taking place.

We generally need a minimum of one month notice to arrange a visit. It may also be possible to arrange for a class to visit the Mathematical Institute for a workshop.

The above information serves as guidance only so please do not hesitate to contact us with your request - we will do our best to accommodate you.

Mathemagicians Chocolate game Truck game

How can I book?

If you are an Oxfordshire school, please submit a booking form. Please give as much information as you can, and if you can be flexible (on dates or times), that may help us to find someone to visit you. If you are further afield, please contact the Mathematics Schools Liaison Officer to see if a visit to your school can be accommodated. You can also have a look at all the outreach activities taking place at Oxford.

How much does it cost?

There is currently no charge for delivering workshops in school, but we do ask that you cover expenses for travel. We ask that expenses incurred by Mathemagicians in order to get to the activity venue be reimbursed on the day. 

Contact us

If you have any further questions, please contact Mareli Grady, the Mathemagicians Co-ordinator, at mareli.grady@maths.ox.ac.uk.

YouTube channel

We have a YouTube channel where we publish videos of our workshops. Perfect if we can't visit in person.

Walking Tours

You can find out more about the mathematical walking tours on the Maths in the City website.

What do others say?

I really enjoyed theworkshop. It was fun learning how maths can help you win monopoly! - Participant

Thank you so very much for your support and enthusiasm this afternoon. You were very engaging and caught the imagination of the students, especially by getting them to participate and then have a go at the chocolate game. - Teacher