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Faculty of Mathematics

 

Introduction

The Mathematics Faculty is the home of the largest departmental outreach programme in the University of Cambridge. We work with school students, teachers, families and the general public through a range of innovative education activities and events.


Encouraging inspiring, imaginative mathematics for all ages

The Faculty's Millennium Mathematics Project (MMP) is a pioneering collaboration with the Faculty of Education. The MMP consists of a family of award-winning outreach and education activities, including the very successful NRICH and Plus websites, and face-to-face work with students, teachers and the general public.

These activities have a wide impact. The project was presented with the Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2006, and developed Maths and Sport activities as part of the official London 2012 education programme. Currently, the MMP's free online mathematics resources attract over 41 million pageviews a year.

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Working with schools - rich maths education for ages 3 to 18

The NRICH website provides thousands of free online mathematics resources designed to challenge, inspire and engage ages 3 to 19. NRICH reaches an audience of millions of students and teachers worldwide.

NRICH resources focus on problem-solving and take a low-threshold high-ceiling approach, building students' confidence, mathematical reasoning, and creative thinking skills.

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Innovative resources for teaching A-level mathematics

Underground Mathematics is a project funded by the DfE. Its aim is to make advanced post-16 mathematics a rich, coherent and stimulating experience. 

The Underground Mathematics website provides innovative teaching resources for use in the classroom. They are designed to help students connect ideas and develop techniques so as to secure their own mathematical understanding.

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Supporting access to university - widening participation

STEP Mathematics is an additional examination, taken at the end of Y13, which forms part of conditional offers to mathematics applicants by Cambridge and some other universities. Our free online STEP Support Programme helps potential university applicants develop their advanced problem-solving skills and prepare for sitting STEP.

The Mathematics Faculty works with the Cambridge Admissions Office to run study schools and access events for school students and prospective applicants, such as the Sutton Trust Summer School.

The MMP also hosts the East of England regional co-ordination for the Further Mathematics Support Programme, supporting and promoting A-level Further Maths.

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Promoting the public understanding of maths

Plus is a free online mathematics magazine aimed at the interested general reader. Plus articles, videos and podcasts cover a huge variety of topics, ranging from string theory or quantum information, to climate change modelling and the applications of mathematics in fighting epidemic disease.

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Maths events for the public and schools

We organise events for schools, such as maths enrichment days, held in Cambridge. We also run occasional Saturday hands-on mathematics events for families, and public lectures.

A highlight of the Faculty's public events calendar is the annual Cambridge Science Festival - one of the biggest free science festivals in the UK - each March.

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Student volunteering

The STIMULUS programme creates around 200 placements each year for Cambridge University student volunteers, to help with maths, science and computing lessons in local primary and secondary schools.

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Engaging the public - sharing the importance and excitement of research

The breadth of research areas within the Faculty of Mathematics is huge, and Cambridge mathematicians, statisticians and theoretical physicists are passionate about engaging with the public to increase awareness of the importance and impact of the subject. Faculty researchers actively contribute to public discussion and enable wide access to cutting-edge ideas, giving talks everywhere from museums to music festivals, writing popular books and newspaper articles, and appearing on radio and TV.

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