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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 Professor Stephanie Gerke


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


For further information regarding Exploring Maths please see 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 2017 annual Coulter McDowell lecture will take place on Wednesday 8 November in the Windsor Building Auditorium - 5.30pm for pre-lecture reception: 6.15pm – 7.00pm lecture.

Guest speaker Dr Julia Wolf

Heilbronn Reader in Combinatorics and Number Theory

School of Mathematics, University of Bristol

What’s the(ir) difference? Primes, twin primes and other relatives

Prime numbers have fascinated mathematicians and amateur numberphiles alike for  millennia. They underlie modern-day cryptography and continue to be the subject of much research (and some speculation). In this talk, we will look at a handful of open problems concerning the primes which all involve taking differences.

Admission free: to book please email CoulterMcDowell@royalholloway.ac.uk by 18 October 2017 


The 2016 Annual Coulter McDowell Lecture, which was 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


The 2015 Annual Coulter McDowell Lecture took place on the 4th November 2015 

Chess at 200MPH: The Game of Formula 1 Strategy

and was given by Mr Gareth Griffiths, feature film and major sports software specialist and former student of Royal Holloway. 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.



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