University of Leicester to support gifted mathematics students throughout East Midlands

Posted by ap507 at Jun 19, 2017 09:10 AM |
University’s Department of Mathematics receives Department of Education grant for outreach and widening participation initiative with sixth form students

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 19 June 2017

The University of Leicester has been awarded a grant from the Department of Education to support the academic development of gifted sixth form students studying mathematics throughout the East Midlands.

The Leicester widening participation initiative, which consists of problem solving courses for year sixth form students building on A-level mathematics material, will run from early July 2017 to May 2018.

The Department of Education grant is to the value of £8,355 for the academic year 2017/18 through the Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP) managed by the independent educational charity Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI).

The courses are designed for gifted and talented mathematicians in sixth form education throughout the East Midlands region.

As part of this engagement with schools in the region, the University of Leicester Department of Mathematics also publishes a newsletter for schools with interesting stories on mathematics and mathematical puzzles.

Dr Frank Neumann, Associate Professor in Pure Mathematics at the University of Leicester Department of Mathematics said: “This initiative is aimed at talented students from all backgrounds in the region. We like to show the beauty and elegance of mathematics via discussing fascinating problems and exciting applications in the real world.”

The initiative also features a STEP (Sixth Term Examination Paper) Preparation Course, which takes place between February and May.

The STEP Mathematics is a well-established mathematics examination designed to test candidates on questions that are similar in style to undergraduate mathematics.

The courses are organised by Dr Neumann and are principally taught by Dennis Almeida, who is a retired Exeter University lecturer in mathematics education. 

Alexander Gorban, Director of the Mathematical Modelling Centre and Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Leicester Department of Mathematics, said: “It is an important mission of the University to support gifted young people and open them the road to Science. This mission should be a compulsory core part of any University strategy, and I am proud that the team from our Department of Mathematics has the highly recognised success in this direction!”

More information about the initiative including newsletters is available here:


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