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.


Upcoming Events

Online mudule: Statistics: Unlocking the World of Data

The sixth edition of our MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Statistics will go live on the 12th January 2022.

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.

For further information and to enrol, please visit the MOOC landing page.


Ongoing: Discover Edinburgh's Mathematical History- a self-paced walking tour

From Thomas Bayes through James Clerk Maxwell to Mary Somerville, explore the mathematical delights hidden in Edinburgh's city centre. Along the way, uncover some of the secret history of Edinburgh, discover some highlights of mathematics developed over the past two thousand years, and try your hand at some intriguing puzzles and games.  Visit the tour's webpage to start exploring.


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.