Preparing elite teams to represent the UK

We organize various training camps throughout the year to select and prepare students for participation in international competitions such as the Romanian Master of Mathematics, the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad, the Balkan Mathematical Olympiad and the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).

Our training activities are summarized below and you can find more information on the British Mathematical Olympiad website.

Students at a Hungary training camp

Olympiad Mentoring Schemes

In addition to the main Mentoring Scheme, our Olympiad and Advanced Olympiad Mentoring Schemes help to develop students working closest to International Mathematical Olympiad level. Students are invited to participate based on performances at the Oxford Camp (see below), in the Mathematical Olympiad for Girls and in the British Mathematical Olympiad Rounds 1 and 2.

Oxford Camp

The annual cycle starts with a week-long camp in August for students who are new to Olympiad training, and who may be ready to join the Advanced Mentoring Scheme. Students for this camp are selected based on information from various competitions and activities held over the previous year, including those for younger students.

Hungary Camp

Since 2001, we have travelled to Budapest over the New Year period to train with the Hungarian International Mathematical Olympiad squad. Students for this camp are selected based on performances in the British Mathematical Olympiad Round 1, taking into account how much previous training they have received.

Trinity Training Camp

We have held an Easter training and selection camp at Trinity College, Cambridge from 1989 onwards. Based on performances in the British Mathematical Olympiad Rounds 1 and 2, along with any other relevant information such as that from exams at the Hungary Camp, 20 or so students are invited to the Trinity Camp.

There are four or five sessions each day covering material which is useful for International Mathematical Olympiad problems.

Part way through and at the end of the five-day camp, students sit two 4.5-hour IMO-style papers, after which a final small UK IMO squad is selected for intensive training. This group normally contains 8 or 9 students. In addition, the team for the Balkan Mathematical Olympiad is selected at the end of this camp, subject to the timing of the camp and of that Olympiad.

International Mathematical Olympiad Selection Camp

This training and selection camp for the UK IMO squad is held at the end of May. The UK team for the IMO is selected at this camp.

Pre-International Mathematical Olympiad Camp

A final training camp for the IMO team is held immediately before the IMO. This is usually a joint camp with the Australian team, where the Mathematics Ashes competition is held between the two countries.

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