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The Maths Academy 2018-2019

This year The Maths Academy will be offering interactive lectures to Y12-Y13 students and schools across South Yorkshire and beyond! The lectures will introduce students to university mathematics topics in a friendly explorative fashion with students leading the direction that talks go. There's no homework or stress; it just coffee shop mathematics at its best with plenty of interaction, fun, and tasty snacks to keep our brains ticking over! You can find details of lecture dates, times, and locations in the descriptions below.

Contact, support and registration:

If you'd like to attend the Interactive Lecture Series then please email Fionntan Roukema (f.roukema(at), or register when you show up at your first session. General questions are also very welcome!

Interactive lecture series

This is an interactive lecture series aimed at eager and interested year 12 and year 13 students. The lectures will be highly interactive and so the session content may differ from the titles and descriptions below. All sessions will take place on Wednesdays 16:30-17:45 in the Hicks Building in Lecture Theatre 2 (see the map below). To get to Lecture Theatre 2 enter at the main building entrance and go two floors down to B-floor.

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Links to further reading will be posted after the sessions above so that you can independently research beyond what you saw during the lecture. You can have a look at details of the sessions from semester one below.

An introduction to topology; the Euler characteristic by Fionntan Roukema

This session will be an introduction to "topology"; geometry of shapes which can be moved about and distorted. We'll introduce the Euler Characteristic, prove a brilliant theorem, and see a wonderful application to the geometry that you're already familiar with!

Location/time: 14/11/2018, 16:30-17:45, Lecture Theatre 2 (Floor B) Hicks Building.

An introduction to analysis


Location/time: 21/11/2018, 16:30-17:45, Lecture Theatre 2 (Floor B) Hicks Building.

An introduction to sets


Location/time: 28/11/2018, 16:30-17:45, Lecture Theatre 2 (Floor B) Hicks Building.

An introduction to knot theory


Location/time: 05/12/2018, 16:30-17:45, Lecture Theatre 2, Hicks Building.

Mathematical beauty


Location/time: 12/12/2018, 16:30-17:45, Lecture Theatre 2, Hicks Building.