Maths Summer School 2020

27th January 2020

Following another successful Winchester Maths Summer School (WMSS) last year, applications for 2020 are now open. Head of Maths Outreach, Dominic Rowland, explained, "At the end of WMSS 2019 every student said they would recommend the course to a friend, so I’m delighted to be able to give them that opportunity."

The course is available to Year 12 students from maintained sector schools looking to study mathematics, in a beautiful setting, with a small group of like-minded young people. The course will be led by specialist maths teachers from Winchester College, supported by undergraduate and graduate students from leading universities.

Naomi-Ruth, a former WMSS student now reading maths at Durham, commented, "The leaders were intelligent, supportive, and fun to be around. It was really encouraging ahead of university to experience a week doing only maths and love it even more!"

This year’s Summer School will run from 17:00 on Monday 6 July to 12:30 on Saturday 11 July. The theme is ‘Proof in Mathematics’ and students will explore methods of proof including induction, contradiction and direct argument, and study examples from geometry, combinatorics, number theory and more.

A typical day involves two 90 minute sessions before lunch, followed by 90 minutes of problem-solving in small groups. There is a shorter session before dinner and a range of evening activities. The course offers participants plenty of freedom to develop their own interests under the guidance of a teacher or university maths student, as well as to receive advice about university admissions and how maths is used in industry. There is also time to relax, have fun and explore the city as well as the historic, 14th century campus.

The Summer School is academically demanding but it is a supportive, informal atmosphere. Typically 30 students attend the course and most share rooms with one or two other people although there are some single rooms available.

Students are asked to contribute £275 towards the cost of the week; however a number of full bursaries are available. 

For more information, please contact Dominic Rowland.

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“It was a great experience, alongside kind people with shared interests, that gave me a varied and very interesting introduction to university maths. The course made me certain about doing maths at university.”