A group of Year 12 and Year 13 female students visited Oxford’s Mathematical Institute for a session exploring the latest mathematical theories and women’s roles in the subject. They were accompanied by teacher Mrs Smith who said: ‘ We looked at new and upcoming areas of maths; in particular percolation and how statistical influence is used in medical tests, new treatments and in beating things like the ebola epidemic.
‘In the afternoon we tried some of these activities ourselves, looked at some problem solving and did a mathematical treasure hunt around the campus. We got to speak to female student sand lecturers and it was a really good informative day. The event took place at students who were already there and some of the lecturers and it was a good day. It was promoting female entry to the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and showing our Sixth Form what opportunities were available. We were among about 20 other schools that were visiting on that day. It was the first time they have done that particular open day but the university are going to hold an annual event focusing on mathematical innovations and women’s roles within the subject.’