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The Department offers a range of activities for schools, such as the Apex Club, the Royal Holloway Science Festival and Exploring Maths, which you can read about in the drop-down boxes below.

All activities are offered to schools who are members of the Royal Holloway Connect Scheme.

We are also the home of the  Surrey Further Mathematics Centre .

For more information please contact mark.wildon@rhul.ac.uk.


Apex Club

In association with North Runnymede Learning Partnership, Apex  Club is an after-school maths session  for  primary school pupils. The event is held at Royal Holloway and delivered by our team of student ambassadors. We run a variety of activities to enthuse primary pupils about maths and help them recognise its importance in the world around us.

Topics include code breaking, discovering the mathematics behind famous works of art and the hidden secrets of the Egyptian pyramids.

Exploring Maths

Exploring Maths 2016 is taking place on the 28th June.  For more information please see http://exploringmaths.rhul.ac.uk/

Enquiries can be made to the Department by email to exploringmaths@rhul.ac.uk or by phone on 01784 443093.

Every summer, we host a event for students taking A-Level Mathematics and their teachers at Royal Holloway.

In 2015 the event was run over two days,Thursday 2 July and Friday 3 July. The opening talk was 'Juggling: theory and practice' by Dr Colin Wright. This was an amazing talk enjoyed by everyone.

There was a varied programme of talks, such as 'Mathematics at University', quizzes, campus tours and mind games, all led by academics from the School of Mathematics and Information Security.  During the day we illustrated many beautiful mathematical ideas and showed how they are applied in modern cryptography.


See photos and the programmes for previous years here .

Science Festival

Schools, as well as families and the local community, joined us at Royal Holloway for the Science Festival, on March 7 2015.

As part of the festival, we host hand-on activities, demos, talks, live experiments and more, to showcase the research that is conducted by the Science Faculty, including the Mathematics Department.

Royal Holloway Science Festival has evolved from our hugely popular annual Science Open Day, which has run for more than 20 years and attracts thousands of visitors.

Find more information here. Some photos from 2015 are here.

Science for Schools Lecture Series

A series of school-friendly lectures presented by Royal Holloway’s Faculty of Science. 

Key Stage 5 students will be able to hear our scientists and mathematicians discuss some of the hot topics in their subject. There is also a chance to ask questions afterwards and chat one-to-one with academics about the subject.  Topics include natural disasters responses, online data security and the science of the human mind. 


The 2015 Annual Coulter McDowell Lecture took place on the 4th November 2015 and was given by Mr Gareth Griffiths, feature film and major sports software specialist and former student of Royal Holloway. Discover more here

The 2016 Annual Coulter McDowell Lecture, which is the 30th in the series, took place on the 2nd November 2016.

How Many…?
What can we do when we cannot count?

Professor Ruth King, of Edinburgh University, enabled us to discover the mathematical answer to difficult questions when counting isn’t possible. Discover more here


Talks for Schools

Our academics regularly volunteer to visit schools to give talks on all areas of maths.  Find out more here.


 Image courtesy of Tristan Findlay

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