School of Mathematics

Edinburgh 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 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 untill it becomes safe to run the face to face event again.

Our first online Maths Circle took place on Wednesday 5th August from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm


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 (


Below are details about our face to face Maths Circles, which will resume once it becomes safe to do so.

What is it?

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