Oxplore is an innovative new digital outreach portal from the University of Oxford. As the ‘Home of Big Questions’ it aims to engage those from 11 to 18 years with debates and ideas that go beyond what is covered in the school classroom. Big questions tackle complex ideas across a wide range of subjects and draw on the latest research undertaken at Oxford. Oxplore aims to raise aspirations, promote broad thinking and stimulate intellectual curiosity.
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).
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.
UKMT Junior Mathematical Challenge
The UKMT Junior Mathematical Challenge is aimed at pupils in Year 8 or below in England and Wales, Year 9 or below in Northern Ireland and S2 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 1200 of the highest scorers are invited to participate in the Junior Mathematical Olympiad. A further several thousand pupils from across both year groups will be invited to sit the Junior Kangaroo paper.
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 at local state schools will receive a pack each October asking them to nominate students for the classes, which run on six Saturdays from January to March.
Mathematics is a creative subject. It involves spotting patterns, making connections, and finding new ways of looking at things. Creative mathematicians play with ideas, draw pictures, have the courage to experiment and ask good questions.
Wild Maths is produced by the Millennium Mathematics Project at the University of Cambridge, who are best known for NRICH and Plus. It is aimed at 7 to 16 year olds exploring maths beyond the classroom, but open to everyone.
Parallel is a weekly mathematics challenge for secondary school students. Each week, students will receive a Parallelogram; a set of fun and challenging puzzles and problems to think about over the weekend.
Parallelograms so far have looked at the mathematics of cake cutting, dominoes and the film Hidden Figures, and covered mathematical jokes, mazes, puzzles and brainteasers.