IMA Festival 2022: About

We are delighted that Sheffield Hallam University will be hosting the IMA Festival of Mathematics and its Applications on 4th and 5th July 2022. The festival is a free two-day event which celebrates mathematics and all the wonderful things you can do with it. Groups of students and teachers will be able to visit the festival across both days and take part in workshops, talks and other activities, and to find out how great maths is and see how great Sheffield Hallam University is. The event will happen in the Charles Street building on City Campus. There will be a public lecture at the end of the second day (6-7pm) and we are hoping there will also be some opportunities to watch some school sessions remotely.

We’ve put together a jam-packed programme. It includes a range of bookable 30-50 minute talks and 50 minute workshops. We are excited about the line-up of external speakers, which will include Yolanda Ohene from The University of Manchester and James Grime, one of the main presenters of the YouTube channel Numberphile. Speakers internal to the university will also make up part of the talks and workshops programme, and will showcase the teaching and research taking place at SHU. These will include talks from Sheffield Hallam University’s Maths, Education and Engineering departments. 


As well as the programme of talks and workshops, there will be hands-on activities taking place throughout the event which students can participate in, including a chance to win prizes by beating the IMA’s fiendish cube puzzle, and to find out about mathematical modelling by simulating the real world with a simple dice roll. There will also be an opportunity to play a game of noughts and crosses against an intelligent pile of matchboxes and find out how machine learning works, as well as building a wooden geometric dome structure from scratch with the UK’s first hands-on maths discovery centre, MathsCity. 


Talks and workshops will be offered to three age cohorts (years 7-9, years 9-11 and years 12-13) allowing the speakers to offer more focused content of interest to those age ranges. With a full programme running from 10am-3pm each day, there’ll be plenty to do and see for all secondary age groups. 


For more information on past events, see this writeup of the 2014 event in Manchester, and the website for the 2019 event in Greenwich.


Hopefully we’ll see you at the event. We’re looking forward to it!


The organising committee: 

Dr Claire Ketnor,  (Department of Engineering and Mathematics)
Dr Katie Steckles (Department of Secondary Education)
Dr Keith Harris (Department of Engineering and Mathematics)

Dr David O’Sullivan (Department of Engineering and Mathematics)
Dr Angharad Ugonna (Department of Engineering and Mathematics)
Steve Magowan (Department of Engineering and Mathematics)

Clair Fellows (Student Recruitment  Engagement)
Jack Hellewell (Student Recruitment Engagement

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Maths at Sheffield Hallam University is taught with an emphasis on modern, practical mathematics that arises in settings such as modelling disease spread, predicting risk in medical applications, cybersecurity, marketing and finance. Our mathematics graduates have built careers with organisations such as Experian and Parexel and they practice in diverse areas such as finance, business and technology. 95% are in work or further study six months after graduating, with the majority in professional or managerial roles. Many go on to further study, including masters degrees in mathematics, PhDs, and postgraduate teaching qualifications. The BSc (Hons) Mathematics course is approved by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. According to the annual National Student Survey, our students are highly satisfied with the course, consistently placing us amongst the top few universities in the country.

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Physics at Sheffield Hallam University is taught with an emphasis on real world applications and on how students can use what they are learning in their next steps, be that going straight into work, or further study. To support this, our students undertake projects with local industry partners to solve the real issues they’re encountering. Our students have gone on to a wide range of roles, including green energy generation, research and development, finance, teaching, as well as a significant number of students each year progressing directly onto PhD places. We also pride ourselves on our physics community with staff and students having co-located workspaces allowing as much access as possible to teaching staff; the benefit of this is demonstrated through our position as the countries number one ranked physics course for student satisfaction with an overall score of 95%. As an accredited course with the Institute of Physics we ensure that the quality and range of the teaching at Sheffield Hallam University is nationally recognised and equips students to pursue anything that the discipline of physics leads into.


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