About this day
With wickedly good speakers with a passion for what is without doubt the best subject (maths), save the date for this exceptional study day. Give your KS5 students the opportunity to meet our crack team of mathematicians, engineers, statisticians, architects, code-breakers, data scientists and more for the ultimate educational experience.
Programme & speakers
How to build a 1000mph car Rob Bennett, Bloodhound SSC
The BLOODHOUND Project is a global Engineering Adventure, using a 1000mph world land speed record attempt to inspire the next generation to enjoy, explore and get involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
About Rob Bennett
Rob Bennett is Chief Inspirer at BLOODHOUND SSC where he works tirelessly to inspire and motivate the next generations into careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
Financial wizards Bobby Seagull, Secondary Maths teacher and Doctorate candidate
Bobby used to be a financial markets trader at the American investment bank Lehman Brothers and the Japanese investment bank Nomura before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with PwC. He will share his personal experience of the financial crisis of 2008 from the trading floors of Lehman. He explores financial derivatives and some of the weapons of math destruction that caused the most chaotic recession in a lifetime.
About Bobby Seagull
Bobby was an investment banking trader, accountant, social entrepreneur and a semi-finalist captain on University Challenge. He now teaches Maths at secondary school and is researching for his Doctorate.
Living is a risky business Jennifer Rogers, University of Oxford
Whether bungee jumping or riding a bike, life involves risks. Sometimes you think things are more – or less – risky than they really are, but how realistic are the risks we see? Get to grips with your own personal relationship with risk alongside Jennifer Rogers who shows how statistics can help you make better decisions.
About Jennifer Rogers
Jennifer is the Director of Statistical Consultancy Services at the University of Oxford. She works alongside other statisticians, clinicians, computer scientists, industry experts and regulators.on the application of novel statistical methodologies, particularly in medicine. Jennifer can also regularly be found giving conference presentations and talking all things statistics in schools, theatres and pubs, as well as the odd TV and radio appearance.
Patterns and Predictions Colin Wright, Mathematician and juggler
When most people think about mathematics what comes to mind are sums, calculations, formulae, and equations. But maths is about more than that. Maths is about patterns – finding them, proving that they’re real, and then using them to make predictions. Colin will investigate some patterns – some real, some not real(!) – and see an application in an unexpected place.
About Colin Wright
Colin received his maths doctorate in 1990 from Cambridge University. While at Cambridge he also learned how to fire-breathe, unicycle, juggle and ballroom dance.
Closing the Gap: the quest to understand prime numbers Vicky Neale, University of Oxford
Prime numbers have intrigued, inspired and infuriated mathematicians for millennia and yet mathematicians’ difficulty with answering simple questions about them reveals their depth and subtlety. Vicky will describe recent progress towards proving the famous Twin Primes Conjecture and the very different ways in which these breakthroughs have been made — a solo mathematician working in isolation, a young mathematician displaying creativity at the start of a career, and a large collaboration that reveals much about how mathematicians go about their work.
About Vicky Neale
Vicky is Whitehead Lecturer in the Mathematical Institute at Oxford University. Vicky spends her time doing maths, teaching maths, creating maths resources and talking maths to anyone who will listen.