School of Mathematics


The School of Mathematics is committed not only to doing great new research, but also to telling people about it.

photograph from science festival

We have a talented team of staff and students who work hard to communicate their love of mathematics to the wider community.  Sometimes this is through talks or school masterclasses; sometimes it involves doing exhibitions at science festivals or visiting local schools.  Whatever the medium, our goal is to change the public perception of mathematics as being dull, boring and useless and to show people that maths is actually a beautiful, elegant and creative subject that underpins much of modern society.


On this website you can find out more about the events that we organise for the public and for schools, as well as some digital resources we have produced for schools and individuals. You can also read about our dedicated Mathematics Outreach Team. Visit out Explore Further page to find out about the cutting-edge research being done here at the School of Mathematics, read our magazine, or start planning your mathematical walking tour of Edinburgh...


Upcoming Events


Ongoing: Maths in the Kitchen- Dundee Science Centre Home Learning program

We have contributed to the Dundee Science Centre  Home Learning program, with some activities focused on "Maths in the Kitchen". Click here to  take a journey into the world of shapes and symmetries, and explore why our pies and pizzas are round.


Ongoing: Edinburgh Science Festival (Online program)

Even this year we join other scientists from the University to show off what it is that makes our subject great, by contributing to the Edinburgh Science Festival online program. 

Explore our activities and resources, and find out how Maths underpins many aspects of our lives, and how we use it in many contexts, much more often than we think. 


Online resources for schools and individuals


Have Fun with Maths

A collection kit of resources for P5-S3 students, aimed at developing problem solving. The resources focus on strategy games and some applications of Maths to transport networks. They include some videos, a range of puzzles, and a document with tips and advice for teachers/educators.  The resources are available here.


Maths Week at Work

A series of videos where five Maths graduates working in different sectors explain how they use maths in their jobs, and present puzzles  related to their job. Check this page for further details, and to watch the videos.

Recent Events


29th February 2020 (10:30am-12:00pm): Learn How to Run a Maths Circle (Teacher Development Workshop)

In this workshop we showed some of the resources we use during our Maths Circles, and gave advice on how to run a Maths Circle in your classroom or community centres. Further information can be found here.

29th February 2020 (1:00pm-4:00pm): Maths Circle

The Edinburgh Maths Circle is an opportunity for children aged 5 to 16 and their families to join us for an afternoon of fun, puzzles, and stimulating hands-on mathematics. More details can be found on this page.


Online mudule: Statistics: Unloclking the World of Data

The fourth edition of our online course on Statistics has been live in the period January-March 2020. A new edition will very probably go live in January 2021.

The coarse introduces some of the key concepts of Statistics, and explores the ideas and methodes behind the Stats we encounter in everyday life. No previous knowledge is required.