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Department of Mathematics

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Schools, colleges and the public

Engaging our communities and educating the next generation of maths students is hugely important to our Department and the University.

Through various events and activities we hope to encourage more young people to follow an academic path centred on maths.

Activities for schools and colleges

As a Department with a notable history of success in maths, we run a series of events and competitions to show school students the fun side of the subject.

We want to fill young people with enthusiasm for mathematics. We wish to illustrate the beauty and satisfaction that can be found in the subject to motivate them to study Mathematics at A level, degree level and beyond.

We run a range of activities for secondary school pupils, designed to show the fun and stimulating aspects of mathematics. Below you can find upcoming events, puzzles to try at home and useful information for teachers.


MathsBombe is an online competition open to all students in Years 12 and 13 and below (England and Wales), S5 and S6 and below (Scotland) and Years 13 and 14 and below (Northern Ireland). It is, however, primarily aimed at pupils currently studying for their A-level exams.

Every fortnight a new chapter is released online consisting of two mathematical puzzles. The puzzles will be fun and quirky, and you'll need to think fast to solve them.

Find out more on the MathsBombe website.

MM@M: Making Maths @ Manchester

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Making Maths @ Manchester is a residential course aimed at Year 12 - lower sixth - students who are studying A-level mathematics and who enjoy the investigative and creative side of study. Students from around the UK get together to work on advanced maths problems, supported by mathematicians from the University; it is a great chance to meet current maths students and lecturers, and to have some fun.

MM@M is a two-day event. Schools and colleges can send up to three students (it is not essential that they are studying further maths). Students will sleep in halls of residence on the Monday night and there will be social activities, including a trip to the Trafford Centre. The cost is £75 and this covers all meals, refreshments, accommodation etc. Those coming a long distance can arrive on Sunday and stay in halls that night at extra cost.

Taking Maths Further

We organise several one-day 'Taking Maths Further' events throughout the year, usually for a group of schools for (mainly) Year 11 students.

The day includes maths talks, puzzles, a careers talk and information on studying mathematics at university. There is no charge, and lunch is provided.

The Alan Turing Cryptography Competition

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If you like breaking codes and solving ciphers then the Alan Turing Cryptography Competition could be for you.

The competition is aimed at secondary school children up to Year 11 (England and Wales), S4 (Scotland) and Year 12 (Northern Ireland). You don't need to be a computer whizz or a mathematical genius - you just need to keep your wits about you and be good at solving problems.

Find out more at the Cryptography Competition website.

The Manchester Further Mathematics Centre

The Department of Mathematics is collaborating with Mathematics in Education and Industry and the government's Department for Education to provide tuition and revision for further mathematics students in the Greater Manchester conurbation.

The Centre provides services to schools and colleges regardless of the A-level syllabus they follow.

More details can be found on the Further Mathematics network website.

Activities for families and the public

We present and highlight the elegance and power of Mathematics to broader communities at a range of events, including local and national science fairs.