e16+ Newsletter


Spring 2016 

Welcome to the IMA's Spring e16+ newsletter. The IMA (Institute of Mathematics and its Applications) exists to promote mathematics in all its forms. By registering for this newsletter you will be able to keep up to date with mathematical people, activities and possibilities relevant to your age group. To register simply complete the form 


In these newsletters you will find out about careers that make use of mathematics; career profiles; short articles that show how mathematics is used in the real world; mathematical videos, links to interesting websites; problems and puzzles; useful advice and other mathematical information.

What Next


Career Profiles


The Beauty of Mathematics


Maths in the Real World


Videos and Apps

Maths in the News


Competitions and puzzles




Useful Links

What Next?



If you are thinking about studying mathematics or statistics at university then the good news is that you are likely to be highly employable once you have finished your degree.  As well as improving your mathematical abilities you will also need to develop your soft skills – skills such as teamwork, communication and leadership.  


Unlike some university subjects, mathematics doesn’t lead you down one set career path.  In fact mathematics and statistics graduates go on to follow a huge variety of different career paths.  Check out mathscareers.org.uk to find out more.  

Career Profiles


In every newsletter we feature a selection of career profiles to show that studying maths can lead to a huge range of interesting jobs.  Visit the Career Profiles page to see lots more.

Jonathan Brooks-Bartlett: PhD Student, Systems Biology Doctoral Training Centre


After completing a Master of Mathematics degree, Jonathan is now researching how to work out the structure of biological molecules inside the body.


Jonathan Brooks Bartlett


Read a full profile of Jonathan’s career so far.

Katie Chicot: Staff Tutor, Open University


Katie Chicot


Katie works in a varied role which includes preparing teaching materials, managing regional provision of the curriculum, public outreach and mathematical research.


Read Katie’s full profile.  

Ben Saxby, Software Engineer


Ben is using his PhD in Applied Mathematics working in a company which develops software with many different applications including the design of motors, generators, transformers, MRI machines, X-ray machines, lasers and particle accelerators.


Ben Saxby


Read Ben’s profile .

Ruth Coleman, Medical Statistician


After completing a degree in Applied Statistics, Ruth now works in the Diabetes Trials Unit at the University of Oxford.


Ruth Coleman


Read Ruth’s full profile.

The Beauty of Mathematics

The beauty of mathematics  - in pictures


Alex Bellos picks his favourite images from the book ‘50 Visions of Mathematics’.  Who said mathematics can’t be breathtakingly beautiful?


Tower of Hanoi


Tower of Hanoi


Can you solve this famous game in the minimum number of moves and understand the mathematics behind it?


17 equations that changed the world


Professor Ian Stewart’s list of what he sees as some of the most important equations of all time. Can you guess what he has chosen?


Maths in the Real World

Could maths find your true love?


You might not think that finding your true love and mathematics broken hearthave much in common. You would be wrong!


Online dating sites are competing to use the best mathematical techniques for matching people. 

Crime solving mathematics


Find out how the mathematical analysis of bloodstains helps the police to investigate murder cases. 

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The mathematics of crowds


crowded concertMathematics is an important part of disaster prevention.


By modelling how people move, mathematicians can help organisers of large events to predict how crowds will behave. This means that more effective emergency systems can be designed. 

Featured Videos 

Advancing the Digital Arts Video


Video produced by the IMA to show how mathematics is important in computer animation.


Your maths, your career


This short video features people from a wide range of sectors talking about how mathematics has helped them in their careers.

icould Careers Videos


A careers site with lots of video profiles to watch.  Try watching this video of a Principal Consultant at the Met Office.

Maths in the News

'Sewing' with molten glass and maths


US researchers have developed what they call a "molten glass sewing machine" by combining 3D printing of glass with a mathematical model of how a liquid thread forms different types of loop.

Maths study shows conspiracies 'prone to unravelling'


A researcher from Oxford University has used mathematics to show that it is extremely unlikely that conspiracy theories can be true.   If something like the moon landings had been faked then mathematics shows that the news most probably would have got out by now.

Changes to A level Mathematics from 2017


MEI logoNew AS and A levels in Mathematics and Further Mathematics are being introduced in England for first teaching from September 2017. 

The 22 million digit number … and the amazing maths behindnumbers pixabay primes


Read about the latest discovery of the world’s largest prime number.

Competitions and Puzzles


The IMA Maths Careers website runs two competitions a year, giving out fantastic prizes, including Ipods, Android tablets, and cameras, amongst others.

Check the website regularly so that you don't miss your chance to take part!

Visualising Data Poster Competition 2016


Telling a story through data visualisation is an important skill for those involved in mathematical and statistical careers.  Can you find some interesting data that you want to tell a story about?  You will need to collect your own data or obtain data from the internet and then produce a poster that uses data visuals to tell a story.


The winning posters from three categories (Years 7/8, Years 9/10/11 and Years 12/13) will receive an Android tablet. There will also be five ‘highly commended’ certificates awarded in each group.


The closing date is the 17th June 2016.  Find out more and enter.

Schools Plus Competition

The British Society for the History of Mathematics is inviting young people aged 11 to 19, who are in secondary education, to explore the question "what the world would be like without mathematics?". Enter their new competition.


The deadline for entries is 24th March 2016.



e16plus Spring Edition Puzzle


Could you measure a pint of water with no measuring jug? Try solving this classic problem to find out how. 




Past Competitions: Maths Careers / Citi Money Gallery poster competition 2015


This poster competition has now closed.  Here are the winners:


11-13 age group: Ellie Pennell, Sandbach High School and Sixth Form College, Cheshire


14-16 age group: Hannah Uzzell, Sandbach High School and Sixth Form College, Cheshire


17-19 age group: Hafsa Fahim


Visit the competition page for a full list of winners and runners up


IMA event: An afternoon of mathematics for pupils aged 16+


The IMA is proud to present an afternoon of mathematics for pupils aged 16+ on thursday 23 June, 13:00 – 16:00, Kings College London, Strand Campus.


The afternoon is designed to give pupils an idea of where maths can take them. As well as the talks there will be a choice of workshops (sign-up on the day) delivered by Cardiff University and an opportunity to ask speakers questions about maths careers.


Find out more and register

Ada Lovelace Exhibition, Science Museum, London


Discover the remarkable story of mathematician and scientist Ada Lovelace, a Victorian pioneer of the computer age, in a free exhibitionada celebrating the bicentenary of her birth.  



The exhibition runs until 31st March 2016 



Further Mathematics Support Programme 


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The FMSP organises a range of events for students including mathematics enrichment events, competitions and conferences for Key Stage 4 and post-16 students.


Find out more information about FMSP student events taking place around the country.



PROMYS Europe is a six-week summer programme at Wadham College, Oxford University designed to encourage strongly motivated secondary school students (age 16+) to explore in depth the creative world of mathematics. 

Deadline for applications is 31st March 2016.


BigBang Fair


The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people in the UK.


Held at the NEC, Birmingham 16-19 March 2016, The Big Bang Fair is an award-winning combination of exciting theatre shows, interactive workshops and exhibits, as well careers information from STEM professionals.

Maths Inspiration


Maths Inspiration is one of the largest maths enrichment programmes for teenagers in the UK. It's a chance for Year 11s and sixth formers to experience the UK's most inspiring maths speakers live, in big venues, presenting mathematics in the context of exciting, real-world situations. 


Check out the Maths Inspiration website to find the nearest event which your school or college could attend.

University Mathematics in Perspective - Sixth Form Residential conference


This three-day residential course provides an introduction to student life and mathematics at the University of Leeds. 

Useful Links

Numberphile - Videos about Numbers and Stuff


Short videos about numbers, maths and all sorts of other numbery stuff.




GeoGebra is a free mathematics software tool that can be used to bring many different mathematical concepts to life.  


There's a huge library of GeoGebra files which are ready to use on GeoGebratube.  Either browse through the files or search for something specific such as transformation of functions.

Find a Masters


Lots of maths graduates specialise in a particular field by studying for a masters or PhD once they graduate.


If you are already thinking aboubt studying a masters degree this site provides a comprehensive search of available courses. 

Chalkdust Magazine


Chalkdust Magazine is a new online mathematics magazine run by students in the department of mathematics at UCL.


The magazine contains an interesting mix of articles, puzzles, interviews, and biographies. 

Plus magazine


Plus is an internet magazine which aims to introduce readers to the beauty and the practical applications of mathematics.


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Who employs mathematicians?


Maths is everywhere. More companies employ mathematicians than many people realise.


Here is a list of just some of the employers who look for maths skills and qualifications. 

Hegarty Maths


Site with lots of revision videos for A level and GCSE students. 


Registration (free) is required to view some of the content. 



A recruitment site that features worldwide maths jobs, with a focus on research jobs.


As well as browsing vacancies you can also sign up for a mailing list of the latest jobs. 

Maths at UniversityMaths at University


What does a maths degree cover? What questions should I ask about courses?


If you are confused about studying mathematics at university then download a free guidebook that will help answer your questions.

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