Wed, 24 Mar 2021

One Term in 5 Minutes

To gain an insight in to mathematical student life under lockdown, we asked Oxford Mathematics and St Peter's College 2nd Year Undergraduate Matt Antrobus to provide us with one-minute updates over the course of last term.

So he did in a very personable and honest way, describing the maths he is doing, how he is doing it and how much work is involved. Matt also reflects on the stark fact that over half his time in Oxford has been under the cloud of Covid.

You can watch all five films by scrolling through our Twitter, Facebook or Instagram pages.



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Thu, 18 Mar 2021

Round up: the Oxford Mathematics Annual Newsletter

Round up, the Oxford Mathematics Annual Newsletter, is a calculated attempt to describe our lives, mathematical and non-mathematical, over the past 12 months. From a summary of some of our research into the Coronavirus to a moving tribute to Peter Neumann by Martin Bridson, via articles on diversity, fantasy football and of course our Nobel Prize winner (pictured), it throws a little light, we hope, on what we did during the year that was 2020.

The Newsletter goes out to over 12,000 Oxford Mathematics alumni around the world and to anyone else who may be interested of course. Arguably the most expressive part of the Newsletter is a wordless photo montage. Why not have a look?

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Sun, 14 Mar 2021

Geometry of Surfaces - 4 more Oxford Mathematics Student Lectures

Our 'Fantastic Voyage' through Oxford Mathematics Student Lectures brings us to four 3rd Year lectures by Dominic Joyce on Topological Surfaces. These lectures are shown pretty much as they are seen by the students (they use a different platform with a few more features but the lectures are the same) as we all get to grips with the online world. Lectures on Linear Algebra, Integral transforms, Networks, Set Theory, Maths History and much more will be shown over the next few weeks.

Below is the fourth lecture of the course, but you can watch all four of Dominic's lectures via the Playlist as well as over 30 other student lectures on the YouTube Channel.

Incidentally 'Fantastic Voyage' is a classic bit of 60s sci-fi about a submarine crew who are shrunk to microscopic size and venture into the body of an injured scientist to repair damage to his brain. It's a tenous link but we like it so, if you are interested, check it out.

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Fri, 12 Mar 2021

Oxford Mathematics Public Lecture. From one extreme to another: the statistics of extreme events - Jon Keating

Oxford Mathematics Public Lecture
Tuesday 16 March 2021

Jon Keating will discuss the statistics of rare, extreme events in various contexts, including: evaluating performance at the Olympics; explaining how glasses freeze; illustrating why computers are more effective than expected at learning; and understanding the Riemann zeta-function, the mathematical object that encodes the mysterious distribution of the prime numbers. 

Jon Keating is Sedleian Professor of Natural Philosophy in the University of Oxford and a Fellow of The Queen's College.

Watch live (no need to register and it will stay up afterwards):
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The Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures are generously supported by XTX Markets.

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Thu, 11 Mar 2021

What's been going on at the Oxford Online Maths Club?

In the bleak, school-less midwinter, James Munro and his student crew have been keeping the maths going for high school students who want to step aside from the curriculum for an hour or so and peek round the corner at University Maths. Cue novels, (yes there is literature as well), dragons and your favourite graph.

The Oxford Online Maths Club is live and free for everyone, wherever you are, every Thursday at 16:30pm UK time. There are maths problems, puzzles, mini-lectures, and Q&A via the chat. It’s interactive, casual, and relaxed, with an emphasis on solving problems, building fluency and enjoying mathematics.

Join the club

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Mon, 08 Mar 2021

Georgia Brennan wins Silver Medal at STEM for Britain 2021

Oxford Mathematician Georgia Brennan has won a silver medal in the Mathematical Sciences category at STEM for Britain 2021 for her poster (extract in the image) on 'Mathematically Modelling Clearance in Alzheimer’s Disease: A Mathematical Drug Trial for the UK’s Protein Pandemic'.

STEM for Britain 2021 is a major scientific poster competition and exhibition which has been held in Parliament since 1997 (online this year), and is organised by the Parliamentary & Scientific Committee. Its aim is to give members of both Houses of Parliament an insight into the outstanding research work being undertaken in UK universities by early-career researchers.

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Wed, 03 Mar 2021

UNIQ 2021 - A Digital Summer School for Maths

Since 2010 UNIQ has been providing in person and, since 2018,  digital Summer Schools for State School students in the UK. As a free access programme we prioritise students with good grades from backgrounds that are under-represented at Oxford and other highly selective universities.

231 UNIQ 2020 students have now received offers from the University of Oxford and we look forward to welcoming them here as Oxford undergraduates in September 2021. Each year 1 in 3 UNIQ students who apply to Oxford get offered a place, as compared to 1 in 5 state school students.

This year we are merging UNIQ Digital with the online summer school to offer one UNIQ programme to 2,500 students. UNIQ 2021 takes into account the disrupted learning students have suffered over the past year: the programme starts in April and offers sustained support for students over several months. 

Oxford Mathematics together with Oxford Statistics will once again be a big part of UNIQ this year. Our main lectures are on Matrices & Markov Chains. So why not Enter the Matrix? (And if you don't know how to enter then you haven't been born, quite literally if you are in Year 12...).

Find out lots more and how to apply.

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Sun, 21 Feb 2021

#WhatsonYourMind Series 3: A Sam Howison Special

Take a mathematician with an endless curiosity about the world around him & the capacity of his subject to interpret it, & you have Series 3 of our #WhatsonYourMind films: a Sam Howison Special featuring geometry, flying spiders, tennis, rain, Pascal's mystic hexagram &, of course, Professor Pointyhead.

Editor's note: #WhatsonYourMind is the opportunity for Oxford Mathematicians to let it all out in 58 seconds (2 seconds for credits).

You can also watch the first two series on the Oxford Mathematics YouTube Channel.





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Fri, 19 Feb 2021

Do you want a taste of Graduate Life in Oxford Mathematics?

Applications are now open for the University’s 2021 graduate access programmes: UNIQ+, & UNIQ+Digital.

Our graduate access programmes, open to all students in the UK, are designed to encourage and support talented undergraduates who would find continuing into postgraduate study a challenge for reasons other than their academic ability. 

UNIQ+ remote internships offer paid summer research experience over six weeks, from 5 July 2021. Participants will work on research projects with regular support and supervision from Oxford students and staff, as well as training in key research skills. There are six projects in Maths ranging from 'Randomized algorithms in machine learning' to 'Investigating the size of Riemann zeta function.' The full list and more information about UNIQ+ can be found here.

In addition, from July to October 2021, UNIQ+ Digital will also offer students from under-represented groups a flexible, free and fully online programme of mentoring, events and digital content to support them all the way through from considering graduate study to submitting an application.

The deadline for all programmes is 12 midday on Friday 19 March 2021. For full information, including eligibility criteria, visit the Graduate Access webpages.

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Thu, 04 Feb 2021

Ulrike Tillmann appointed Director of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Oxford Mathematician Ulrike Tillmann FRS has been appointed Director of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences and N.M. Rothschild & Sons Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge. The Issac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences is the UK's national research institute for mathematics. She will take up the post on 1 October 2021 while continuing to work part-time in the Mathematical Institute in Oxford to continue her research collaborations.

Ulrike's research interests lie in Algebraic Topology and its applications. Her work on the moduli spaces of Riemann surfaces and manifolds of higher dimensions has been inspired by problems in quantum physics and string theory. More recently her work has broadened into areas of data science and she co-leads the Oxford Centre for Topology and Data Science. She is a Fellow of Merton College.

Ulrike is well-known for her many contributions to the broader mathematical community, serving on a range of scientific boards including membership of the Council of the Royal Society. She will become President of the London Mathematical Society (LMS) in November 2021.


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