Year 10 Gifted and Talented Taster Days
In June 2012 we played host to Year 10 students from schools around London. They attended a day of talks and workshops on topics such as number theory and topology. The aim of the days was to encourage more students to think about taking mathematics further at A-level and university. Current undergraduate students play a large role in these events by talking to the students about their own experiences. The feedback from attendees was very good and many commented that they were now considering mathematics at university.
Each year we run numerous taster days to give students an idea of what it's like to study mathematics at university. This year the School of Mathematical Sciences ran 4 courses: 2 x Mathematics at University, Pure Mathematics and Mathematics with Business or Finance. Lectures covered topics from our undergraduate modules and were delivered by the lecturers who teach them. They also had the chance to hear from our current undergraduates about their experiences and the career opportunities open to mathematics graduates.
Art of Mathematics Summer School
Designed to give an in-depth experience of what it’s like to study mathematics at university, the Art of Mathematics will allow students to explore a mathematical topic in detail. Working with post-graduate students and academic staff, students will improve their mathematical knowledge but also develop their problem solving and communication skills. Running 15th – 19th July, students must be able to attend all 5 days.
Graphs (also known as networks) provide a mathematical way of describing connections between things. Despite being very simple to define, the idea of a graph leads to many deep and elegant theorems in pure mathematics. In addition graphs have become an important part of how applied mathematicians model real world systems in many areas from ecology to computing.
During this week you will learn some of the mathematics of graph theory. This is a broad and accessible area so with not much more than your A-level knowledge we will encounter some sophisticated theory and some intriguing open questions. Mathematics is a creative subject so an important part of the week is a project which you will undertake in groups with the supervision of lecturers and post-graduate students. If you have some good ideas then you might end up with your own conjecture or potential application.
Teachers and parents are very welcome to attend our celebration event on the Friday afternoon. This course is open to all students taking A-level or equivalent.