School of Mathematics

Edinburgh Maths Circle

The Edinburgh Maths Circle is an opportunity for children aged 7 to 14 and their families to join us for a couple of hours of fun and stimulating hands-on mathematics.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, our face to face Maths Circles are not currently taking place, instead, we will be running our Maths Circles online until it becomes safe to run the face to face event again.  

Our next Maths Circle will take place on a Saturday morning in November 2021. The exact date has still to be confirmed.

To facilitate interaction and better tailor the activities, our online Maths Circle is split into two slots: one for age 7-11 and one for age 11-14. Each of the slots is one hour long.

You are welcome to attend either of the slots, or both, according to your preference and the age of the children. The event is free to attend, but booking is required. A link to the booking page will appear on this page closer to the event.

Prior to the virtual event, a selection of Maths problems are sent out to participants. Participants are encouraged to try the problems in advance.

During the virtual event participants are able to join different e-rooms, where Maths Circle hosts explain how to solve some of the problems. Participants can ask questions via the chat, listen in as the host talks about ways to think about the problem, and then move to a different e-room if they want to try a different problem. 

Maths Circle will run roughly once a month in the year 2021/22. 


Join our Mailing list

If you would like to be notified of future Maths Circle events (online or in person), you can subscribe to the Maths Circle mailing list. To do that, please send an email to with no subject, and text:

SUBSCRIBE edinburgh-maths-circle Name Surname QUIT

You will then receive an automatic email, asking you to confirm your subscription.

If you need any further information, please contact Francesca Iezzi by phone (0131 650 5842) or email (


Maths Circles before COVID 19...

Normally, the Edinburgh Maths Circle is a free drop-in session where children aged 5 to 16 and their families can join in with exciting mathematical activities, games and puzzles. Students and members of staff from the School of Mathematics will be on hand to help out, and tea, coffee and juice will be provided. 

To get an idea of the kind of activities you'll be able to have a go at, take a look at some of the following, courtesy of NRICH.

How do I get there?

The Edinburgh Maths Circles take place in the James Clerk Maxwell Building at the University of Edinburgh's King's Buildings campus. Signs will direct you from the entrance to Room 3217, and helpers will be on hand too. Information about travelling to the James Clerk Maxwell Building can be found here; please note additionally that parking within the King's Buildings campus is unrestricted at weekends.



The Edinburgh Maths Circle was inspired by the Cambridge Maths Circle, and many of the activites we use are kindly provided by NRICH. We would like to thank both NRICH and the organisers of the Cambridge Maths Circle for their support in making the Edinburgh Maths Circle a reality.


The Edinburgh Maths Circle is kindly sponsored by Rathbones Investment Management and the Glasgow Mathematical Journal Trust. Thanks to their contribution, we have an improved collection of resources, a new and improved poster, and better quality refreshments.


Local children enjoy outreach activities provided by the School fo Mathematics