The School of Mathematics is committed not only to doing great new research, but also to telling people about it.
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.
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.
Mind Games: Cracking Code in Maths and Languages- development workshop for teachers: Monday 29th November 5:00pm-6:00pm
Join Mathematicians and Linguists from the University of Edinburgh and explore what Maths and Languages have in common. During this workshop you will have a go at some of our activities, explore the underlying structure or numerical systems, have fun constructing short sentences or deciphering inscriptions in unfamiliar languages. We will then explore together how language works... and where maths comes into play. You will hopefully get ideas to take to your classroom and show your students how Maths is everywhere. For further details and to book a space, please visit the booking page.
Help your Students to Love Maths- panel session- development workshop for teachers: Wednesday 29th September 6:10pm-7:00pm
The panel included experienced teachers as well as members of Education Scotland and Scotdec. Participants received prerecorded material where the panellists shared their experience, and provided tips on how to use Maths while teaching other areas of the Curriculum, or while discussing most relevant issues. During the live session participants were able to ask any questions they may have.
Once a month, since December 2020: Virtual Maths Circles and Open Ended Problems- workshop for teachers
During this online workshop for teachers, we gave a brief introduction to our (now virtual) Maths Circles, and then we explored some of the resources we use. We also discussed how such resources can be used in the classroom and can spark curiosity and help children develop their mathematical thinking. For further information please visit this page.
Once a month, since August 2020: Virtual Maths Circle
This is a workshop for children aged 7-14 and their families. Participants receive a selection of our fantastic maths problems to try in advance. During the live online event they are able to listen to our students and staff members discussing the problems, and to ask questions. For further information about our Maths Circles please visit this page.