UKMT Summer Schools
The first Summer School was held in The Queen’s College, Oxford in July 1994. It was the brainchild of Dr Tony Gardiner (University of Birmingham) who ran the first five, from 1994 to 1998. The BMOC took over the organisation with effect from 1999. The first two Summer Schools were held in The Queen’s College, Oxford, the 1996 Summer School in University College, Oxford and from 1997 to 2012 the Summer Schools were held in Queen’s College, Birmingham; the 2013 Summer Schools were held at Woodhouse Grove School.
Initially there was a single Summer School each year, with the second Summer School being introduced in 2007. Three new Summer Schools are being held in Oxford from 2013.
Attendance at the UKMT Summer Schools is by invitation only, and selection of students to invite is based on performance in UKMT Maths Challenges and follow-on rounds. Invitations are normally sent to students via their school in May.
Each year, two Summer Schools are held for students mainly in school years 10 and 11 (ages 14–16). Roughly 40 students attend each summer school for a week of lectures, problem-solving sessions, mathematical competitions and explorations, and social events. A group of six seniors who have attended previous summer schools is also present.
Students for one Summer School are selected based on performances in the Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad and Kangaroo (IMOK) papers; for the other, based on the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge.
A new Summer School for Girls is being held in Oxford in August 2013, supported by Balliol, Christ Church and Somerville Colleges, Oxford. Around 40 students were selected to attend based on performances in the Intermediate Olympiad and Kangaroo papers.
Thanks to support from the Department for Education, we will run two new Summer Schools from 2013. These are being held in Oxford in August 2013, and invitations to attend were based on performance in the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge.
The programme for all the new Summer Schools will be similar to that of the National Mathematics Summer Schools.