This page is to highlight 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 designatory letters and offers a route to becoming Chartered. Membership demonstrates a commitment to career development, promoting mathematics and maintaining professional status.
Looking for a graduation gift that’s different and useful? Why not give the gift of professional development.
It’s easy to apply – just ask them to complete and return the application form to: Membership, Catherine Richards House, 16 Nelson St, Southend SS1 1EF with proof of registration on their degree and payment details.
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 £50 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 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. Complete and return to: Membership, Catherine Richards House, 16 Nelson St, Southend SS1 1EF with proof of registration on your degree and your payment details.
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 Professional 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. See the What does Accreditation mean to Undergraduates and Graduates? page. and the Accredited Degree Programmes page.
University Liaison Grants Scheme
The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) is keen to increase engagement of Mathematical Sciences undergraduates with the activities of the IMA through grants to Mathematics Societies. We have 20 awards of £400 to give out. To apply for a grant, download the Grant Application Form and send the completed form through to Erica firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
Tomorrow’s Mathematicians Today
Saturday 11th February 2017
The 2017 Tomorrow’s Mathematicians Today Conference for undergraduate mathematicians will be at Manchester Metropolitan University, . The keynote speaker will be Dr Stephen Lynch of Manchester Met who has had a long career both using and teaching mathematical software and has published a number of textbooks in this area. Undergraduates are invited to apply to present a short (20 minute max) talk on any mathematical topic of their choosing, which makes use of mathematical software in some way. Additional information on registration and submitting a paper will be published on the TMT2017 website, later this summer. There is no conference fee as there is a high level of sponsorship.
Presenters will gain valuable experience in public speaking and an insight into the world of conferences. Delegates will get to see lots of interesting presentations and meet fellow enthusiastic mathematicians. This should be a wonderfully enjoyable day of inspiring maths.
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.
As well as a range of research journals, the IMA publishes Mathematics Today, 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.
You may also be interested in the column by Dr Maths.
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 http://www.reading.ac.uk/seecc/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.
http://www.findaphd.com/ 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 2016/17
13th September UWE
30th September South Wales
6th October Derby Careers fair
12th October Manchester Calculating Careers Fair
12th October Manchester Met 4pm Careers talk
14th October St Andrews Careers Fair
19th October Northumbria Careers fair
19th October Kent Careers fair and talk
5th November ECM Conference Warwick
9th November Staffordshire Careers fair 17th November Bolton careers fair