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Summer Schools

A Summer School group photo

Week-long residential events for young mathematicians

UKMT Summer Schools are designed for young people with an interest in mathematics. They aim to promote mathematical thinking and provide an opportunity for participants to meet other students and adults who enjoy mathematics.

At each summer school, 48 students take part in demanding and stimulating sessions led by UKMT volunteers. They are supported by a group of senior students who have previously attended a summer school. Time will be set aside to allow students to work together informally on problems and to socialise.

Summer Schools in 2017

We will send invitations to selected students through their schools in March.

  • The 43rd National Mathematics Summer School, Leeds. 9-14 July 2017
  • The 44th National Mathematics Summer School, Leeds. 16-21 July 2017
  • The 45th National Mathematics Summer School, Oxford. 6-11 August 2017
  • Summer School for Girls, Oxford. 20-25 August 2017

How are students selected?

Students in Years 10 or 11 (England and Wales), S3 or S4 (Scotland) and Years 11 or 12 (Northern Ireland) who are among the top 1.5% of scorers in the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge are selected by lottery and invited to attend one of the summer schools. They must be aged 14-16 years at the time of the event. This year, invitations will be sent to students through their schools in March.

Only one student per school may be invited and only students resident in the UK are eligible. Schools will not be invited to send students two years running.

What happens at a summer school?

No two days are the same but the following is an example from a recent summer school timetable.

  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Whole group session on geometry
  • 10:30 Break
  • 11:00 Workshop on writing mathematics
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Small group session on the pigeonhole principle
  • 15:30 Break
  • 16:00 Small group session on modelling a zombie apocalypse
  • 17:30 Dinner and relaxation
  • 19:00 Mathemusical Extravaganza - a talent show organised by students

Feedback from participants

"Don't be nervous about spending a week with people you don't know, it's a brilliant experience."

"It is an amazing opportunity to stretch yourself. The teaching is high quality, the staff very supportive, and the maths most challenging. A real taster into a future in mathematics."

"You've got to go! You'll have a fantastic time, meeting like-minded people who enjoy maths, and it's a very special opportunity!"

"You'll have a great time and meet loads of interesting people. They all say you'll make good friends and you really will! You're in for a treat."

History of UKMT Summer Schools

The first National Mathematics Summer School was held at The Queen's College, Oxford, in July 1994. It was the brainchild of Dr Tony Gardiner who ran the first five, from 1994 to 1998. Over the years they have been held in Oxford, Birmingham and Leeds.

Initially there was a single summer school each year. A second summer school was introduced in 2007, and since 2013 there have been several summer schools each year.

A Summer School for Girls has been held in Oxford each year since 2013.

Our thanks go to the Oxford Mathematical Institute; the Operational Research Society; Balliol College, Oxford and St Anne's College, Oxford for their support of the UKMT Summer Schools.

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