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

For more information or details of any of the events below please contact the Outreach and Schools Liaison 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 (open to everyone)

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)

Wednesday 27 June 2018

The School of Mathematics holds a Mathematics Taster Day for year 12 pupils in the second half of the summer term. The day will be held at the University of Birmingham's Edgbaston campus beginning at 10:00 (registration from 09:30), and will finish around 15:30. As well as information on studying mathematics at Birmingham, the day will include two sample lectures, a tour of campus and an interactive mathematics session.

We ask that only pupils who are taking Mathematics A-level and thinking seriously about studying Mathematics at university attend.

Registration for the 2018 Maths Taster Day is not yet open. For further information please contact the Outreach and Schools Liaison Officer for the School of Mathematics.

Work Experience Week (year 12)

Provisional date: 25-29 June 2018

In previous years, the School of Mathematics and the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham have run a work experience week across the two departments.

The week includes:

  • Introduction to the University
  • Computer Science Project
  • Mathematics Project
  • University Mathematics Taster Day

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

Applications for the 2018 experience week are not yet open.

Please note places are limited and will be allocated to the most suitable applicants after the closing date and before the start of the summer term.

Masterclasses (years 10-13)

Various dates

University of Birmingham Masterclasses are organised centrally on a wide range of topics across the university. They are designed to stimulate enquiry and broaden knowledge of a variety of subject areas, including Mathematics. The Masterclasses from the School of Mathematics are for students in years 10-13. Please view the Masterclass brochure for more information and to register.

Maths Big Quiz (year 10)

Wednesday 7 February 2018

The Maths Big Quiz runs every year for pupils in Year 10. Each school can bring a maximum of 16 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. The day starts at 09:45 and should be over by 14:30.

To enter the quiz contact Mr Mohammed Ansar: m.ansar@bham.ac.uk 

Engineering and Physical Sciences Discovery Day (year 10)

Wednesday 20 June 2018

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.

Registration for the 2018 Discovery Day is not yet open. For further information please contact the Outreach and Schools Liaison Officer for the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

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 might involve:

  • 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