This page highlights information of interest to students.
About the IMA and Membership
The IMA is the professional and learned society for mathematicians. It supports the advancement of mathematical knowledge and its applications and promotes and enhances mathematical culture for the public good. Membership of the IMA recognises your qualifications and professional experience, establishes you in the wider mathematics community, provides post-nominal designatory letters and offers a route to becoming Chartered. Membership demonstrates a commitment to career development, promoting mathematics and maintaining professional status.
Graduating this (academic) year?
If you are an e-Student and haven’t already applied for Student Membership, then apply before you graduate and you will be eligible for Associate Membership at Student Membership rate for three years (currently AMIMA is £54 per year whereas Student Membership 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 will receive your individual copy of our membership magazine Mathematics Today which is posted to your home address 6 times a year. You can still keep getting the e-Student newsletter if you wish. Joining is easy: click on the myIMA tab, create an account and follow the ‘Join Us’ process.
On graduation, when you upgrade to Associate Member, you are entitled to use the post-nominal letters AMIMA, demonstrating a commitment to professional development which is well received by future employers.
If you are interested in how IMA Membership, professional development and Chartered Mathematician registration can help you, more information is available on the Becoming Chartered page.
You may have seen in your university’s prospectus, or on their website, that some (if not all) of their mathematics degree programmes have been accredited by the IMA and wondered what this means. An accredited degree means that graduates from such a programme will meet the educational requirements for the Chartered Mathematician (CMath) designation.
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University Liaison Grants Scheme
The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) is keen to increase engagement with Mathematical Sciences undergraduates through grants to Mathematics Societies. We have 25 awards of £360 to award. To apply for a grant, download the Grant Application Form and send the completed form through to Erica firstname.lastname@example.org We ask you to enrol members of your Maths Soc as e-Students and there is a sign-up sheet on the form. This can be done separately and submitted later or, if people have already joined as Student Members, just let Erica know.
University Liaison Officer
Erica Tyson, our IMA University Liaison Officer, offers support to students and their Mathematics Societies as well as promoting mathematics and highlighting opportunities for students. She manages the grants scheme, the e-Student scheme, creates the e-Student newsletters and delivers the IMA Maths Careers talks. The presentation comprises:
- General information on careers starting from a mathematical sciences degree.
- Emphasis on how to present yourself to employers on a CV and at interview.
- Information about the IMA and how membership of a professional body supports your applications and subsequent career development.
The talk can be tailored to meet different timescales from the standard 45 – 50 minutes if, for example, it is part of a more general careers session with other speakers.
Erica has extensive experience from working in industry in a variety of recruitment and training positions. In particular, she has developed and implemented internship and development programmes and, from a number of years of helping new graduates make the transition from university to workplace, is well placed to support students in university and to promote the benefits of membership of a professional and learned society.
To book a presentation to your maths society, or for information on setting up an IMA supported society contact her on email@example.com.
Talks and other events
You can find local events from the Branches section, where the IMA has a Branch which is local to them. Events are typically free to attend.
You might be interested in conferences & events run by the IMA Early Career Mathematicians Committee. The ECM organises a Spring and Autumn conference each year. Please visit the Conferences page for details of the next event.
The Tomorrow’s Mathematicians Today conference is specifically for Undergraduates and offers the chance to give a 20 minute presentation on a mathematical topic of your choice. Please visit the Conferences page for details of the next event.
Tthe IMA members’ magazine Mathematics Today, is a general interest mathematics publication containing articles, reviews, reports and other news on developments in mathematics and its applications. Institute members receive six issues per year as part of their membership subscription. Key articles can be accessed from our home page.
The e-Student newsletter also has six issues per year, reprinting aricles from Mathematics Today, case studies from the Mathscareers website and the Mathematics Matters series as well as some general career development articles and news of forthcoming events.
You are very welcome to submit articles for the newsletter to Erica; they should comprise 500 to 1000 words. If you would like to write more formally for Mathematics Today, please check the Guidelines for Authors.
Maths Careers information
The IMA has prepared a Careers Advice for the Mathematics Undergraduate booklet which can be downloaded below.
The IMA MathsCareers website is a great resource for finding out about the careers and opportunities that an education in mathematics can present. It covers a range of careers including maths, statistics, engineering, medicine, finance, computer graphics and forensic science.
Careers for Mathematicians is an article by Sue Briault which appeared in Mathematics Today and includes some useful careers advice targeted to mathematics students. The IMA also provided assistance to the author of the Prospects careers advice leaflet ‘Options with mathematics’.
The Plus careers library is another good resource on what mathematics graduates do.
Skills Transformer provides science, technology, engineering and maths students with a structure to help you recognise, write about and talk about your skills: transforming them from dormant experiences to useful, persuasive evidence.
Undergraduates in science, technology, engineering and maths can often find reflecting on non-technical skills frustrating and unnecessary. Skills Transformer shows you, through hearing from graduates from your own degree disciplines, why transferable skills are vital to working successfully in technical jobs after graduation and why writing and talking about them is fundamental to securing a job.
Skills Transformer was created by Tania Lyden at The University of Reading as part of a project funded by HEFCE through the National HE STEM programme.
Pursuing a PhD
Finding funding for PhD can be difficult, there is a little research council money. Unfortunately the IMA does not have the resources to fund research itself, no matter how worthy the topic or the researcher. Mathematicians need to be flexible in their search for funded PhD options. Looking more broadly, under Engineering or Biology and medical science listings as well as the Maths and Computing ones may yield interesting opportunities to take your maths in a new direction.
Find a PhD is an excellent resource covering MSc and Postdoc opportunities as well as PhD and includes help and advice to support you in the application process.
University Liaison Calendar 2017/18
4th October Calculating Careers Fair Turing Building, Manchester
11th October Kent Placement Fair
13th October St Andrew’s Careers Fair
6th November Northumbria Careers Fair
7th November UCLan Careers Fair
16th November Bolton Careers Fair