School of Mathematics Teaching

Maths Outreach Team

The Maths Outreach Team engages with the local community, and communicates mathematics in fun and easy ways to change perceptions of mathematics.

Apply to be part of the Maths Outreach Team

Do you have a passion for mathematics? Do you have an enthusiasm for communicating it to the outside world? If the answer is yes, then you should seriously consider joining our Outreach Team in the School of Maths! Joining the Outreach Team is a fantastic opportunity to

  • Meet people from different year groups, PhD students and staff members
  • Receive professional communications training
  • Get experience of team work and project organisation
  • Flex your creative muscles 
  • Improve your CV
  • Have a great time

No prior experience is required - only enthusiasm, commitment, and a willingness to learn.

Some of the activities are paid (generally through vouchers), but not all. Note that, when it comes to allocating work for paid opportunities, priority is given to the most active members in the team.

Below you can find a short video with a summary of what the team is and what sort of activities we run. Please keep in mind that this video was recorded in 2020. The summary of activities and the skills you will get is still accurate. However the application process is a bit different this year, and you will find information below.

Video: The Maths Outreach Team
This video gives a brief summary of what the Edinburgh Maths Outreach Team is.

Activities

Members of the Outreach Team will have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of activities, including (but not limited to):

  • Masterclasses for secondary school pupils;
  • Helping at Edinburgh Maths Circles, activities for children and family;
  • Public engagement events such as the Edinburgh Science Festival and other Scottish Science Festivals;
  • Talks and workshops for schools.

Most of our activities will be online in the first semester. In the second semester we may have a mix of online and face to face activities, depending on regulations.

Details about the range of activities we currently run can be found here.

We would expect team members to take part in at least three activities during the year, contribute to the production of at least one activity, and attend regular meetings (roughly once per month).

The time commitment would amount to an average of 4 hours per month.

In return, we will provide:

  • regular training opportunities
  • plenty of support for all the activities

The Students' Experience

Below you can read quotes from members of the team:

Last year, with Maths Outreach Team I worked on Maths Circles, Maths Walking Tour, School Workshops and Masterclasses. MOT has given me opportunity to challenge myself in thinking, presenting and working on mathematics that goes beyond formal courses. It was exceptionally stimulating and inspiring to work on the Outreach activities with students from different years (both UG and PG) and with academic staff from our university. The team was highly motivated but also informal and friendly. Being part of MOT, has made me more confident to engage with mathematical activities, made me more connected to the mathematics community at our University; and overall, has sparked a greater interest in mathematics   (Kotryna, 3rd year student 2021/22)

Being part of the Outreach Team has been a great experience. I’ve enjoyed joining in at lots of virtual events which have helped me to improve my confidence and ability to articulate mathematical ideas. It’s also been interesting to learn about how events are organized behind the scenes. There is a lot of flexibility available in what roles we take up, so you can choose the opportunities that suit and interest you. I think the goal of Maths Outreach as a whole is very important and worthwhile, so it’s really nice to be a part of this.(Alyssa, 3rd year student 2021/22)

One of my favourite activities was the Science Fair, because it was really great fun to help animate and explain maths to children of varying ages. I thought it was interesting to be able to put some of the mathematical concepts they would be learning at school in an exciting context. Not only has maths outreach helped me develop lots of vital skills, it has also enabled me to meet other people who are at different stages of their mathematical careers who I wouldn't have encountered otherwise.Jay, 4th year student 2020/21)

 

Applications

To be part of the team, we ask that you fill in a very short application form

APPLICATION FORM

You will need to submit the form by Noon on Monday 25th October.

You will also need to book a slot for an informal conversation with the Outreach Team coordinator, Dr Francesca Iezzi.

Please use the form below to book a slot:

BOOK A SLOT

Once you have chosen a slot, please remember it or take a note. You will receive a Zoom link the day before, and will be responsible for signing in at the allocated time. No swap will be allowed unless it is for extremely sserious reasons.

The aim of the conversation is for the Outreach Team coordinator to understand your motivation for joining the team, and to advise on whether this is the best opportunity for you at this point.

Training

It is important that you are available on Friday 29th October from 4:00pm to 6:00pm for a training session (online).

It is also important that you are available on Wednesday 3rd November from 5:00pm to 7:00pm for a first meeting (in person). 

 

Become a Team Leader

After you have been a member of the team for two months you will be able to apply to become one of our team leaders. This will give you a chance to help with the organisation of activities, see how activities come together and obviously, improve your CV. As a team leader, you will also become eligible to work towards the Edinburgh Award, which provides official recognition of your work on your degree transcript. Further information on how to apply to become a team leader will appear on this page in January 2021.

 

Contact

If you have any queries regarding the team, please contact Dr Francesca Iezzi.

 

Dr Francesca Iezzi

Mathematics Engagement Officer

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