It All Adds Up
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 solely maths-focused, 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. Different events are run for different ages: Year 10 Taster Days, Year 11 Investigating Options, and Year 12 Study Days.
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.
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 Saturdays in the spring (usually January to March).
In 2021, we're running a series of three masterclasses online. If you're a parent or guardian of a student who attended the Year 9 or Year 10 masterclasses last year, you should have received an invitation to this year's online classes. Please contact with any enquiries.
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).
Philosophy Plus Science
Date: 15 January 2021
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.
PROMYS Europe is a mathematics summer programme 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.
This year, PROMYS is running as a 4-week online program that anyone who is at least 16, pre-university, and ordinarily resident in Europe can apply for. The programme itself consists of intensive work on an assortment of challenging problems in Number Theory, with support and collaboration with mentors, returning students, and with undergraduate counsellors. The application process involves some tricky maths problems, which are worth having a go at just for fun, whether or not you decide to apply for the programme. Applications were open until 14 March 2021. PROMYS Europe is a partnership of PROMYS, Wadham College and the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford, and the Clay Mathematics Institute.
Other websites and resources
Mathigon is an online Maths textbook with interactive activities, personalised content, and a virtual assistant.
Adventures with Complex Numbers
Adventures with Complex Numbers is designed to give a first introductory taste of one of the fascinating mathematical topics you can discover by choosing to study Further Maths at A-level. Developed by the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, we hope that it inspires you to think about studying Further Maths.
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 Intermediate Challenge
The Intermediate Challenge is aimed at pupils in Year 11 or below in England and Wales, Year 12 or below in Northern Ireland and S4 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 500 of the highest scorers in each school year are invited to take part in the Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad papers: Cayley, Hamilton and Maclaurin for year 9, 10 and 11 and equivalent. A further 5,500 pupils from across all three year groups are invited to sit either the grey or pink European Kangaroo papers. High scoring students may be invited to participate in UKMT summer schools.