Maths ChallengeMaths Challenge
Every year, the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics run a Challenge and Senior Challenge for students in Year 8 and below and Year 10 and below.
Entrants complete a series of challenging and fun problems over February half-term and either return them to us directly or via their teacher at school. Problems are sent out to local schools in late January and are also released on the Maths Challenge page (link below). Some of the questions might involve some investigation and problem solving.
The best entrants, along with teachers, family and friends are invited to a prize-giving evening at Newcastle University from 6.30pm-8pm on Wednesday 2nd May 2018.
For more information go to the Maths Challenge page.
Maths InspirationMaths Inspiration
The School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics at Newcastle University are once again teaming up with Maths Inspiration to co-host the annual event at the Northern Stage.
Maths Inspiration is a national programme of interactive maths lecture shows for teenagers. It gives 14-17 year olds a chance to experience the UK's most inspiring maths speakers live in theatres, presenting mathematics in the context of exciting, real-world applications. The shows are exceptional value for money, with ticket prices for our regular shows in 2017 set at £7.50 + VAT. All teacher and PGCE student teacher seats are free.
All shows have three interactive talks, an interval and a lively Q and A session at the end. Many of the shows feature mathematicians, engineers and physicists, so this an ideal STEM outing for your school that can also open your students' eyes to careers they may not have considered before.
The event will take place on Tuesday 30th January, and there are two sessions to choose from.
Session 1: 10.00-12.30
Session 2: 13.30-15.30
Last year the event was hosted by Timandra Harkness and the speakers were Rob Eastaway, David Acheson and Ben Sparks. Details of this year’s event will be released soon.
To make a booking, please go to the Maths Inspiration website.
WISDOM: Women in Science Doing Outstanding MathsWISDOM: Women in Science Doing Outstanding Maths
A common misconception is that studying Mathematics is for boys. In this event we hope to dispel that myth and show you (and your Mum, Grandma, Auntie, Dad or other interested guardian) that there are strong successful women who use mathematics in a variety of interesting ways every day in their careers.
Refreshments will be provided.
On Tuesday 12th June, 2018 from 4.30pm-7.30pm we are holding an event aimed at girls and their Mum (Gran, Auntie, Dad or other interested guardian).
The aims of the event are to:
- Showcase some of the careers that women with a mathematical background have gone into
- Stimulate the curiosity of year 9/10 girls and promote the study of maths at A-level and beyond
Attendees will include:
- Academics from the School of Mathematics and Statistics
- Two Speakers
- Martina Balagovic (Newcastle University)
- To be arranged
- Current undergraduate students in the School of Mathematics & Statistics.
- Women from industry and other subject areas within the University who have a mathematical background or who use mathematics & statistics in the workplace
To sign up for the event complete the Wisdom application form when it opens. If you are on our mailing list you will also receive an email about this prior to applications opening.
Please register here
Year 9 and 11 Problem Solving SessionsYear 9 and 11 Problem Solving Sessions
The School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics are offering 2 hour Problem Solving sessions for more able Year 9 and Year 11 students.
The aim of these sessions is to enhance students’ ability to tackle problems and to analyse what makes a good solution. The sessions include a refreshment break where a drink and a biscuit will be provided. Students will be required to work in groups of approximately 5 throughout the session. There will be opportunities for students to win small prizes for their group and a problem writing competition at the end. Undergraduate student helpers will be available throughout the sessions to interact with participants.
The dates and times of the sessions are:
Thursday 25th January 2018 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Friday 26th January 2018 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Monday 29th January 2018 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Thursday 5th July 2018 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Friday 6th July 2018 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Monday 9th July 2018 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Teachers can sign up to bring groups of up to 30 students to the event by filling in the online form, when it opens. If you are on our mailing list you will also receive an email about this prior to applications opening.
Year 9 registration: register here
Year 11 registration: register here
For more information on the Problem Solving Sessions please contact Dr Kate Henderson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Year 10 ConferenceYear 10 Conference
Our annual Year 10 Conference is to be held on Wednesday 15th November 2017 from 2pm to 4pm in the Ground Floor of the Herschel Building at Newcastle University.
Typically, there are two hour-long lectures during the afternoon, separated by a short refreshment break. The lectures are aimed at encouraging pupils to continue studying mathematics at A Level.
Speakers for 2018 are:
- Dr Phil Ansell (Newcastle University)
- Dr Aoife Hunt (Managing Consultant, Movement Strategies)
Previous speakers have included Professor Robin Johnson (Newcastle University), Dr Lee Fawcett (Newcastle University), Dr Paul Baxter (Royal Statistical Society (RSS) Guy Lecturer) and Professor Philip Moriarty (Nottingham University).
Teachers can sign up to bring groups of students to the event by filling in the online form, here once it opens. If you are on our mailing list you will also receive an email about this prior to applications opening.
Please register here.
Year 12 Taster DaysYear 12 Taster Days
The School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics are offering Taster Days for Year 12/13 students to give an insight into what life is like for a Mathematics student or member of staff at Newcastle University. The Taster Days will be on a Friday (20th April, 27th April, 4th May), students should give two choices in order of preference when they sign up.
The day will include:
- observing academic lectures,
- a careers and UCAS session,
- a campus tour,
- a subsidised lunch with undergraduate students,
- observing an academic research seminar,
- a computing session,
- meeting an academic member of staff and a postgraduate
Each of the days will take a slightly different form depending on the activities available in the school that day but all attendees should get a flavour of life in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics at Newcastle University.
Students should sign up using this online form when it opens, places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Teachers who are on our mailing list will also receive an email about this prior to applications opening.
Parental permission will be required as students will be unsupervised on campus at lunchtime and will be required to travel to and from Newcastle University independently. Parental permission slip can be found here. It should be printed out, completed and brought to the Taster Day by the student. Failure to supply a permission slip will result in the student not being allowed to participate in the day.
Undergraduate Student School Visits for Year 12Undergraduate Student School Visits for Year 12
As year 12 students begin engaging with the UCAS process we would like to offer a one hour visit from two of our Stage 1 undergraduate Maths students.
The student visit will consist of a 20-30 minute talk about Maths degrees (both generally and specifically at Newcastle University) and plenty of time for your year 12 students to ask any questions they might have about degree choices and/or Uni life.
The student drop-ins are available from 11th June 2018 – 29th June 2018 (subject to student availability) so if you are interested in having 2 of our undergraduates visit your year 12 A-level maths students then please apply by completing this form, when registration opens. If you are on our mailing list you will also receive an email about this prior to registration opening. Please give three possible dates/times for the students to visit (in preference order) and we will do our best to get 2 students to visit you at your preferred time.
To add yourself to our mailing list please fill in the online form.