‘Girls in mathematics’ experience for year 12 students

On 27 March 2019, four year 12 girls (Sophie, Stevie, Emily and Phoebe) from Hucknall Sixth Form Centre visited Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln with Mrs Shaw for a ‘girls in mathematics’ day. The event had been specifically designed to promote mathematics together with widening participation in other undergraduate STEM courses.

There were a number of engaging and interesting sessions throughout the day including a lecture from mathematician Dr Anitha Thillaisundaram from the University of Lincoln, a discussion about famous female mathematicians of the past, and a workshop focussed on ‘The 6 degrees of Separation’.

The final session was a panel discussion with six graduate professionals who have completed mathematics degrees and now work in very different industries and roles – this showcased how their degree impacts on their current careers and highlighted the wide range of pathways and careers available by doing a higher level maths qualification.

The day was thought-provoking and motivating, with all students feeling that it was a valuable experience.

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