Outreach activities

The School of Mathematics works closely with school and college students, teachers and careers advisors to encourage the pursuit of Mathematics in higher education.

We also offer advice on the admissions process to our degrees and studying at the University of Birmingham. We work to support young people and their teachers to enable progression to university and to fulfil their full potential. 

For more information or details of any of the events below please contact the outreach officer.

The School of Mathematics also hosts the regional office of the Further Maths Support Programme which often holds events for teachers and pupils at the University of Birmingham.

Birmingham Popular Maths Lectures 

Years 11 - 13 and the general public

Wednesday evenings once a month September - March

The Birmingham Popular Mathematics Lectures are open to all members of the public and the University who are interested in the study of Mathematics. They are particularly suitable those studying Mathematics at A Level and we also welcome advanced GCSE students. Young people are welcome on their own, with parents or with a school group. The lectures are free of charge and there is no need to register. They run on Wednesday evening once a month between September and March.

For information on upcoming and past lectures please visit the Popular Maths Lecture page

Mathematics Taster Day 

Year 12

1st July 2015

The School of mathematics will be hosting a Mathematics Taster Day for year 12 pupils on the 1st July 2015. This day will be open to individual students and school groups who are studying Mathematics A Level.  

 The registration for the 2015 Maths Taster Day is now closed.

Mathematics and Computer Science Work Experience Week 

Years 11 and 12

29th June – 3rd July 2015

The School of Computer Science and the School of Mathematics at the University of Birmingham are welcoming applications for a work experience week across the two departments.

The week will include:

  • Introduction to the University
  • Computer Science Project (2 days)
  • Mathematics Project (1.5 days)
  • University Mathematics Taster Day (otherwise open to Yr 12 students only) (1 day)

Applicants must be in year 11 or 12 and be studying/planning to study suitable A Levels (or equivalent) to study Mathematics or Computer Science at University level. Applicants must be able to attend the whole week and make their own travel arrangements.

Please note places are limited and will be allocated to the most suitable applicants after the closing date.

The registration for the 2015 work experience is now closed.


Years 10 - 13

Various dates

University of Birmingham Masterclasses are designed to stimulate enquiry and broaden knowledge of a variety of subject areas, including Mathematics. Please visit the Masterclass page for more information and to register.

Maths Big Quiz 

Year 10

23rd March 2015

The Maths Big Quiz runs every year for pupils in Year 10. Each school can bring a maximum of 12 contestants in teams of 4. The object of the day is to make maths fun, collaborative, competitive and with a bit of challenge as well. Rounds in the quiz will focus on different areas of mathematics and there will be a specialist round, the topic of which, all participating schools will be informed about, before the event. There will be various prizes, medals for the first three teams and a trophy for the winning team. The day starts at 9.45am and should be over by 2.30pm. There will be an interactive maths lecture by a leading mathematician from the School of Mathematics during the lunch break.

The Maths Big Quiz 2015 will be held on the 23rd March.

To enter next year's quiz contact Mr Mohammed Ansar: m.ansar@bham.ac.uk 

Engineering and Physical Sciences Discovery Day

Year 10

23rd June 2015

Every June we offer a chance for year 10 pupils to discover the different subjects on offer from the University of Birmingham in Engineering and Physical Sciences (including Mathematics), this provides an opportunity to learn about new subject areas that can lead to careers in all sorts of fascinating industries. The day aims to inspire students to aim for high GCSE grades and to make appropriate choices for sixth form to allow the study of STEM subjects at University. For more information and to register see the Discovery Day pages.

Campus Visits 

Years 5 - 13

Various dates

If there are no events detailed above which meet your needs we are happy to discuss a one off visit to the University of Birmingham for school groups. Visits must be arranged in advance, so that a suitable programme can be arranged and are subject to appropriate staff and venues being available. A visit typically involves:

  • talks about the University of Birmingham
  • a mathematical talk or workshop– designed to encourage and stimulate a student’s interest in mathematics
  • a tour of the campus and opportunities to meet current students
  • a question and answer session