School of Mathematics

Schools Outreach

Are you a school teacher looking to provide additional mathematics activities for your pupils? We offer a range of free resources, workshops and events designed to stimulate and inspire school pupils of all ages.

The School of Mathematics offers a range of activities and resources for schools in and around Edinburgh. Please do get in touch if you would like more information, or if you would like to make use of our free resources or organise an event with us.

FunMaths Roadshow

Edinburgh is a hub for the FunMaths Roadshow, which is a collection of 350 mathematical activities that can be lent to local schools to help support mathematics teaching. There are different activities for different age groups, and the resources can be used flexibly in a variety of contexts.

Maths Circles

If you have heard about our Maths Circle and would like to run one within your school, we are very happy to lend our resources and to provide training for teachers.  Please, contact us if you are interested.

Mathematics Masterclasses

In collaboration with Heriot Watt and Napier universities, we run a series of masterclasses for S2 pupils in the Edinburgh and Lothians regions. These super-curricular masterclasses take place on Saturday mornings in the autumn term and, over the course of 8 weeks, cover a wide range of fun, interesting and challenging mathematics topics.  Visit our masterclasses webpage for more information, and contact us if you have any queries. Equally, if your school has missed out the masterclasses series and would like a one-off masterclass, please get in touch.

Workshops and Careers Talks

Our outreach staff have experience in running workshops for a range of age groups and in a range of subjects, from cryptography to fractal geometry, and from knot theory to the maths of architecture.  Workshops can be combined with careers talks led by our knowledgable staff, and we have many students on the Maths Outreach Team who love to talk about their experiences of university mathematics and their favourite topics that they have encountered so far.

Hands-on Resources

In collaboration with SCI-FUN (The Scottish Science and Technology Roadshow) the School of Mathematics aims to build up a collection of inspiring and challenging exhibits to reflect the current research problems that mathematicians are working on; this could be anything from one-sided surfaces to kaleidoscopes, from hairy doughnuts to bridge-building kits. Many of these resources are used in the workshops we deliver, but can also be used outside of a workshop environment.

Visits to the University

We are occasionally able to host tailor-made visits to the School of Mathematics or the University's central campus. Such a visit could include a workshop, a careers talk, a sample lecture or a tour of the building or campus. We are even able to provide guided mathematical walking tours of the city. Please do get in touch if you are interested, but rememeber that such an event will need to be organised well in advance.