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Many thanks to everyone who entered our poster contest.

We received nearly 300 entries and judging was a very tough job.




Years 7 – 8 Winner

Aaminah Ahmed

Preston Muslim Girls School

Maths in Architecture poster

Years 9 – 11 Winner

Hollie Mulroy

Sandbach High School

Years 7 – 8 Honourable Mentions

Anna Beech

Sandbach High School

Ayesha Nakhuda

Preston Muslim Girls School

Charlotte Wright

Sandbach High School

Radiya Saeed

Preston Muslim Girls School

Sarah Dala

Preston Muslim Girls School

Years 9 – 11 Honourable Mentions

Ella Condliffe

Sandbach High School

Khadijah Patel

Preston Muslim Girls School

Maryam Dadabhoy

Preston Muslim Girls School


Rosie Abbott

Sandbach High School


We were so impressed with all of the finalists that we wanted to share them as well!


Years 9 – 11

Clarissa Hui

Bury Grammar School for Girls

Aafikah Mohamed

Preston Muslim Girls School


Ayesha Umarji

Preston Muslim Girls School


Charlie Beaumont

Sandbach High School


Faatima Sayed

Preston Muslim Girls School


Hannah Dernie

Sandbach High School


Manaim Masood

Preston Muslim Girls School

Years 7 – 8

Rebecca Anderson

Queen Victoria School

Amina Ali

Preston Muslim Girls School


Faathima Zainab

Preston Muslim Girls School


Jennifer Horridge

Sandbach High School


Leah Stephenson

Sandbach High School


Sophie Hughes-Reeder

Sandbach High School


Umaima Masood

Preston Muslim Girls School


Zainab Aadil

Preston Muslim Girls School


Zainab Mahmud

Preston Muslim Girls School




People don’t always realise how many careers require the use of maths!

In our new competition we want you to make a poster aimed at showing teenagers how maths is used by today’s workforce.

We want your posters to be eye catching and informative and to focus on one use of maths, rather than listing lots of different uses as this will have more impact.

We will give you some suggestions to help get you started. However you should also try researching your own topic as it could make your poster stand out more to the judges. (You can still win by using one of our suggestions – your poster will just need to be top quality!)

Here are some careers for you to think about, but think about choosing your own topic instead:

Architects Banking Data
Engineers Finance Insurance
Logistics Retail Operational Research 

Example Posters

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Maths in Work Poster Competition Guidelines

  • Your poster should focus on one career where maths is used considerably. This use of maths can be almost anything as long as you explain it well.
  • Your poster should be aimed at showing a teenage audience that maths is useful in the workplace.
  • It sounds obvious, but your poster should be a poster – i.e. it doesn’t need to contain lots and lots of words, it needs to be visually eye catching and should give out a strong message.
  • You can draw your poster by hand; use a computer; or a mixture of both.
  • Your poster must be A4 size and flat (no flaps / doors / windows or other 3d effects).


There will be three categories for judging:

  • Years 7 and 8
  • Years 9, 10 and 11
  • Years 12 and 13

If you need to calculate your Scottish school year use the table below.

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The winning posters from students in each category will receive an Android tablet. There will also be five ‘highly commended’ certificates awarded in each group.

All winning and highly commended posters will be announced at the IMA Festival of Mathematics and will also be on display on the Maths Careers website.

The closing date is Friday 9th June 2017

Winners will be announced here at the end of June 2017.


Teaching Resources

Download a PowerPoint teaching resource for this competition.


Download a poster to promote this contest.

Poster Competition Rules

  1. The promoters of the competition are the sponsors of the Maths Careers website 
  2. It is a condition of entry of this competition that all entrants agree to these competition rules. By permitting their children to enter the competition parents and guardians shall be deemed to consent to the entries being submitted on the terms of these competition rules.
  3. The competition is open to entrants between the ages of 11 and 19 who are residents of the United Kingdom.
  4. No purchase is necessary to enter the competition.
  5. There are three entry categories, based upon the ages of the entrants: Years 7 – 8, Years 9 – 11 and Years 12 – 13. One prize will be awarded for the winner of each category and there will be ‘Highly Commended’ certificates awarded in each age group.
  6. Entries can be submitted via the relevant mechanisms on the website or posted to the Maths Careers Project Manager, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, Catherine Richards House, 16 Nelson Street, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1EF.
  7. Posters must be A4 printed size only. Postal entries will not be entered into the competition if they are any other size.
  8. The poster must be solely the original work and the property of the entrant.
  9. Any poster that has won a prize in another competition is not eligible and will be disqualified if entered.
  10. Entrants may submit no more than one entry which must be made in their applicable age category only. Multiple entries will be disqualified.
  11. The promoters’ decision on all matters relating to the competition is final. No correspondence will be entered into concerning the judgement, administration or organization of the competition, including any assessment of the eligibility of any entry submitted.
  12. Winners will be announced on the website in late January 2017. Individual winners will be notified by the promoters before the end of June 2017
  13. It is a condition of entry to the competition that entrants (or the parents or guardians of entrants) irrevocably permit the promoters and their licensees to copy, reproduce and publish entries in connection only with the promotion of and publicity for this competition and the winning entries. 
  14. The closing date for entries to the competition is midnight on 9th June 2017. Entries received after that date will not be accepted, displayed or judged.
  15. No responsibility will be accepted by the promoters for entries which are lost, late, corrupted, incomplete, defaced, ineligible or otherwise do not comply with these rules (any of which may be deemed invalid at the sole discretion of the promoters).
  16. The prizes are as stated in the competition rules. Prizes are non-refundable and not transferable. No cash alternative will be offered. The promoters reserve the right to substitute the prizes (or any part of them) for prizes of equivalent or greater monetary value if that is necessary for reasons beyond their control.
  17. The promoters will not be liable for prizes that do not reach prize winners for reasons beyond the promoters’ reasonable control. If prize winners cannot be traced after reasonable effort the promoters will dispose of prizes as they think fit without liability to prize winners.
  18. The promoters reserve the right to cancel or amend the competition, at any time without prior notice. 
  19. This competition is governed by the laws of English and Wales and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.