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Further Maths What Next?
Date: 13 March 2019 and 19 June 2019
Audience: Year 12 (March) and Years 11 and 12 (June)
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?
Statistics Taster Day
Date: 20 March 2019
Audience: Year 12 students
The increase in digitally available data over the last decade has created a need for analytically able professionals who can handle and make sense of large sets of data. Statisticians are in ever-growing demand for their knowledge and skills, and can work in a wide and interesting range of areas, including technology, health, genetics, social science, the civil service and transport as well as the more traditional routes of insurance and finance.
Statistics at university is very different from that learned at school. It is far more mathematical, but also provides the opportunity to work with large datasets and using custom software to analyse data and produce results that can be used to better understand our world. This taster day explores some of the lesser-known areas of Statistics and the ways that it can be applied to many different fields.
The day will include two workshops given by members of the department exploring different areas of Statistics, lunch in a college, a college tour and information on the Oxford admissions process.
For more information and the booking form, see the Statistics Department website.
Philosophy Plus Science
Date: 10 January 2019
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. See 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 see: Philosophy Plus Science Taster Day
UNIQ Summer Schools
The UNIQ Spring and Summer schools are aimed at year 12 (or equivalent) state school/college students who want to learn more about Oxford and the courses here. There are three UNIQ Spring/ Summer Schools on Mathematics and one on Mathematics and Statistics which is held jointly with the Department of Statistics. For more information, including how to apply, see the UNIQ website. To apply you should be intending to study the full A level in Mathematics. 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, and how much more welcoming and accessible Oxford now seems.
PROMYS Europe, a challenging six-week residential mathematics summer programme at the University of Oxford, UK, is designed to encourage mathematically ambitious students aged 16+ to explore the creative world of mathematics. Participants (who come from across Europe) tackle 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. Past guest lecturers have included Professors Sir Andrew Wiles, Sir Roger Penrose, Ben Green and Simon Singh.
Applications open early in January and close mid-March. PROMYS Europe is dedicated to the principle that no student should be unable to attend for financial reasons, and full and partial financial aid is available. PROMYS Europe is a partnership of PROMYS, Wadham College and the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford, and the Clay Mathematics Institute.
2019 Mathematical Institute Open Days
The Departmental open days were on Saturday 27th April and Saturday 4th May 2019, and will run again in 2020.
2019 University-wide Open Days
The next University-wide open days is on Friday 20th September 2019.
2019 Department of Computer Science Spring Open Day
If you're thinking of studying Mathematics and Computer Science, then you might also be interested in the Computer Science open days. The Department of Computer Science gives talks during the University-wide open days, and also runs a Spring Open Day.
Arranging a visit to or from Oxford
To be notified of upcoming Mathematics outreach events, join our mailing list here. You can find a list 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.
If you're a teacher interested in bringing students to the Mathematical Institute, please contact the Schools Liaison Officer to arrange a visit. Your school may already be in touch with an Oxford college through our link college programme; to find out which college covers outreach in your region, check this page (click on your local authority on the right of the page).
Other websites and resources
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).
Underground Mathematics provides free web-based resources that support the teaching and learning of post-16 mathematics. It is funded by a grant from the UK Department for Education and based at the University of Cambridge.
We aim to help make post-16 mathematics a richer, more coherent and more stimulating experience for students and teachers alike.
The resources are free for all users.
Advanced Maths Support Programme
Unable to take Further Maths at school? Want to develop your problem solving skills? The Advanced Maths Support Programme covers the whole of England, and works with schools and colleges to support and promote the study of AS/A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics and to arrange Further Mathematics tuition for students when their schools and colleges cannot provide it themselves. Have a look at their website to see what events are being run in your local area.