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Department of Mathematical Sciences

Outreach

The outreach organisers in the department are Mr Chris Goy and Dr Ostap Hryniv.

Upcoming outreach activities in the department in 2017:

  • Celebrate Science Festival 24 - 26 October 2017: A team of Maths postgrads, postdocs and staff will entertain Key Stage 2 children and their parents at this half-term annual event organised by the Science Faculty.
  • Supported Progression Assessed Summer School on 30 July- 4 August 2017 for talented students studying in the North East and Cumbria who are currently in Year 12 and considering entering university in 2018
  • Supported Progression Easter Academy on 9 - 11 April 2017 for talented students studying in the North East and Cumbria who are currently in Year 12 and considering entering university in 2018

Outreach activities in the department in 2016

  • Maths Hub A'Level Revision Session on Wednesday 7 December 2016: we welcomed 176 sixth-form students from schools across the North East to an A'Level Revision session on the afternoon of Wednesday 8 December. It was hosted by our 3rd Year undergraduate students who take the Maths Teaching module and focussed on the Core 1 and Core 3 examination papers. This was an excellent opportunity for our students to experience A'level teaching in context, and also a valuable experience for the school students to visit a University in working session. The event was organised in collaboration with our local Maths Hub at Carmel College, Darlington.
  • Celebrate Science Festival 25 - 27 October 2016: A team of Maths postgrads, postdocs and staff entertained Key Stage 2 children and their parents at this half-term annual event organised by the Science Faculty. The idea was to interest the children in the cool shape of viruses, giving them opportunities to appreciate the mathematical power of symmetry. Huge success and many smiley faces.
  • Sutton Trust Summer School on 22-25 August 2016. Durham University's Sutton Trust Summer School, kindly supported by the Wolfson Foundation, Barclays and The Garfield Weston Foundation, is designed to give bright students from non-privileged homes the opportunity to experience what it is like to be a student at a leading university. The residential summer school is a fantastic opportunity to find out more about applying to university, to meet some of our current students and work with our academic departments. This programme is available for gifted and talented Year 12 students from UK state-maintained schools.
  • Supported Progression Assessed Summer School on 25-29 July 2016 for talented students studying in the North East and Cumbria who are currently in Year 12 and considering entering university in 2017
  • Supported Progression Easter Academy on 29 March 2016 for talented students studying in the North East and Cumbria who are currently in Year 12 and considering entering university in 2017
  • Durham University Schools' Science Festival: 12, 13 & 14 April 2016: the Maths department provided activities based on the mathematics of knots and of ribbon curling to over 744 Year 9 school students (age 14 -15) from 26 regional schools over the three day period.
Knot theory with Year 10+

Supported Progression Scheme

Read about Alice Fletcher's success story.