September 2015 e-Student on Data Science


Paul. A. Hunt, creator of ‘Maths Trumps’ – Making Learning Maths Fun! posts a monthly puzzle and poll

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Welcome to the September IMA e-Student newsletter

Hope you had a great break doing interesting things and enjoying what we had of good weather between the clouds and the rain. This issue’s careers’ theme is Data Science.

E-mail in a 300 word write up of what you did over the summer ( with the subject identifier ‘Newsletter entry’ ) – travelling, working, attending a summer school, visiting places or exhibitions. As well as what you did and where, include what you learned from your experiences and where the maths came in (if it did) for the chance to win a £30 Amazon voucher.

The next Early Career Mathematicians Conference is at Bath on Saturday 14th November. The fee for e-Students is £20 and for Student Members is £15. (Non-IMA Students are £25). A brilliant opportunity to hear some interesting talks and network with other mathematicians either undergraduates or who have recently started working. To register your interest in this conference, please contact the IMA Conferences Department, e-mail:,

Team news, Sam our Postgraduate Liaison Officer has stepped down to take on a full-time role with the Oxford University Press, editing their maths homework website.  It has been brilliant working with him and wish him all the best with his new role as well as success in completing the writing up of his PhD. We will announce the new PgLO very shortly.

Graduating this year?

If you are an e-Student and haven’t already applied for Student Membership, if you apply to upgrade before you graduate you will be eligible for Associate Membership at Student Membership rate (currently AM is £50 per year whereas SM is just £10 per year). You get a better discount on IMA events than as an e-Student (save £10 if you attend an Early Career Mathematicians conference rather than the £5 e-Student discount) and your individual copy of our membership magazine Mathematics Today is posted to your home address 6 times a year. You can still keep getting the e-Student newsletter if you wish. Download an application form from our website (downloadable pdf or word forms are at the bottom of the page the link goes into), complete and return to our Membership team at Catherine Richards House, 16 Nelson St, Southend with proof of registration on your degree and the fee.

On graduation when you upgrade to Associate Member you are entitled to the post-nominal letters AMIMA which demonstrates a commitment to professional development which is well received by future employers.

Teaching Scholarships have been confirmed for the new academic year so people undertaking Initial Teacher Training in 2016/2017 can apply, more details below and on the website

Launch of Chalkdust, Issue 2, October

The new maths magazine is here, with great articles, puzzles, an interview with Artur Avila, one of the 2014 Fields Medallist, and the chance to win £100 for solving correctly the crossnumber. The magazine is fully available online and you can download it for free here and you can also follow the weekly blog, published every Thursday.

Ada Lovelace Symposium University of Oxford 9th and 10th December 2015

An interdisciplinary Symposium celebrating the life and legacy of Ada Lovelace, 1815-1852, will take place at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford on 9th and 10th December 2015. Registration for the symposium is £40, or £90 including the symposium dinner. Some sponsored place are available. For further information and registration see

Tomorrow’s Mathematicians Today Saturday 13th February University of Greenwich

A brilliant day of mathematics in the Georgian splendour of the former Royal Naval College that now houses the University of Greenwich. You can present a mathematical topic yourself, support a friend who is delivering or attend to listen to others. To register follow the link, The deadline for abstracts for papers is 1pm Friday 11th December.

The keynote speaker will be Dr Eugenia Cheng, University of Sheffield and currently Scientist in Residence at the Art Institute of Chicago. Dr Cheng’s recent book: Cakes, Custard and Category Theory cleverly illustrates complex mathematics through delicious culinary analogies.

IMA Mathematics 2016 Mary Ward House, Thursday 17th March 5-7 Tavistock Place, London

The fee for Student Members is £10,for e-Students is £15, and for non-member students is £20. Undergraduate very welcome. A broad range of talks on how maths is used in business, industry and academia. For full programme and to register follow the

All best wishes, Erica

Erica Tyson MIMA

University Liaison Officer

IMA group on LinkedIn and the Early Career Mathematicians’ group is on Facebook.


Mathematics Today content

Selected articles from the August issue of Mathematics Today


New Committee for Early Career Mathematicians

Don’t Switch

Urban Maths: Car Park Mayhem

The Gambler’s Ruin and the Dawn of Probability

Mathematics Matters

Case studies from the Mathematics Matters series

Building the Digital Society
Stats in Your Genes

IMA Maths Careers

And from MathsCareers website and +plus magazine

Scientific Data Analyst

Data Analyst

Knowledge Transfer Network

Automatic checking

Clearing up the clutter


Linked In article from Peter Laflin of Bloom Agency

OUP’s top 10 maths books

Steps to Postgraduate Study is a new website providing information for students who are making decisions about postgraduate taught (PGT) study.

An article on queuing theory flagged up by Babatunde Onabajo as of potential interest to other readers:

Maths Teacher Scholarships

If your heart is set on teaching maths in UK schools then why not check out the IMA website and see whether you might wish to consider applying for a maths scholarship and become a Maths Scholar.  On the site you will find advice for applying, how to deal with an interview request if you get one and what other Scholars think of the scheme. Click here to find out more about becoming a maths teacher.

Applications for teacher training Scholarships for the current year are now closed.  However we are really pleased to be able to offer these prestigious Scholarships to excellent potential teachers who will start their initial teacher training in Autumn 2016.  Applications will open in late October but if you want to register your interest just email us at

In terms of your subject knowledge for Key stages 3 & 4 go to a useful self evaluation tool.

The Association of Teachers of Mathematics annual Conference is an annual highlight of ATM’s programme of professional development events and is taking place on the 29 March – 1 April 2016 at Chesford Grange, Warwick. 


Events and Conferences

Branches and other Talks

  • IMA @ 50 Maths Walks

Tuesday 10 November Surrogate Modelling for Power Plant Design A talk by Dr. Sarah Davis. Time TBA.  Atkins, The Axis, Birmingham

·         Wednesday 9 December The IMA, IET, BCS, IOM Christmas Lecture:  Developing the Next Mars Rover A talk by Abbie Hutty (Airbus Defense and Space)  6:00pm for 6:30pm.  Engineering and Computing Building, Coventry University.  Admission to this talk is free, but tickets must be booked in advance at

·         December 2015  West Midlands branch, details to be confirmed, The IMA / IET / BCS Christmas Lecture Abbie Hutty (Airbus) Abbie was named the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year in 2013 and currently works on the ExoMars Rover Vehicle project as Senior Spacecraft Structures Engineer.

·         Wednesday 20 January 2016, Tales of Ants, Bricks, Bugles, Barrels and Infinity Dr David Bedford (Keele University) John Dalton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Oxford Road (room TBA) 6pm

·         Thursday 18 February 2016, Joint IMA MathsJam event with Katie Steckles John Dalton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Oxford Road (room TBA) 6pm

The Royal Aeronautical Society has an extensive branch network offering talks across the country. Non-members may be charged a small fee.

London Mathematical Society Popular Lecturers. Dates for the new autumn term are posted on

Royal Statistical Society Events calendar

British Society for the History of Mathematics: Events

The Royal Institution’s Christmas Lectures this year will be by Dr Kevin Fong on How to Survive in Space

Maths or relevant articles in other publications

Vivek Juneja has written a book of Mathematical Puzzles Here is a sample puzzle.

New Scientist

11th July: p14 ‘Europe can model its way out of crisis’, p20 ‘Unconsciously brainy’ about neural networks

18th July: p8 ‘Brains wired up together’ help with those difficult maths problems, p10 ‘Coal renaissance sets us for 4oC rise’ using game theory to analyse political behaviour on action (lack of) for climate change.

25th July: p38 ‘Slime mould economics’ using biological insights to model economics.

1st August: p18 ‘Gaming without the game’, p42 ‘Reality of the virtual world’.

15th August: p19 ‘Comedy critic computer is a pun-hit wonder’, p20 ‘Hybrid dream team’ and most interesting p29 ‘Why things fall apart’.

22nd August:p22 ‘Rise of the AI sports coach’ and p27 ‘Let AI solve your disputes’.

29th August: p18 ‘Deeply healthy’, p19 ‘Get off the road, human’, p28 ‘Beyond knowledge’

5th September: p8 ‘Quantum weirdness is reality’, p14 ‘Cosmic knots inflated the universe’, p22 ‘Watching with intent’ and p35 ‘Why does space have three dimensions?’.

Physics World

August: p6 ‘Singapore banks on science’, p11 ‘Random number algorithm dropped’, p25 ‘Curing the Curie complex’, p30 ‘How to advise a politician’,  p40 Careers section ‘A scientific tax man’ and p42 an interview with Jaan Tallinn one of the founding engineers of Skype.

September: p30 ‘The secret life of ideas’ and the careers page 44 is a profile of Michael Bennett, a software developer in a building performance analytics firm.


June: p30-31 ‘Fighting a Cyber Battle of Britain’

August: p28 ‘Big data in the aerospace sector’

For information about the Aerospace MSc bursary scheme


St Andrews History of Maths website

The OU has put together a series of clips showing a few big theories in maths. Patterns of Life videos

The RA Magazine Autumn issue has a review of the M C Escher exhibition by Alex Bellos on page 25. Couldn’t find it on line but you might be able to track down a hard copy. The exhibition has just finished at the Scottish National Gallery and will be at the Dulwich Picture Gallery from 14th October 2015 until 17th January 2016.

ULO calendar

11th November Glasgow MacLaurin Society

12th November Stirling

14th November Bath Early Career Mathematicians Conference

19th November Bolton Careers fair

19th November Portsmouth (John)

19th November Salford (Steve Lind) 2pm room B7 Newton Building

20th November Imperial

24th November Oxford Careers Fair

25th November Southampton

1st December Hertfordshire

9th December Aberystwyth

11th December Plymouth

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