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8 March 2006 PR 06/21

More than meets the eye

There is more to maths than meets the eye. That was the verdict of school students attending an afternoon of lectures on the subject hosted by Loughborough University.

The event, held last week at the Henry Ford College on campus, was targeted at 16-17 year olds with a particular talent or interest in maths. It was attended by 200 students from 18 schools across the region.

Organised by the University’s School of Mathematics, the session included two lectures by internationally leading mathematicians. In the first lecture, ‘Game theory’, Professor Sasha Veselov discussed how the way to win at games could be explained using mathematics. He demonstrated simple games to show how maths could be used to develop winning strategies. The second lecture, ‘From order to chaos’, focused on maths in relation to, amongst other things, the stability of the solar system and was given by Dr Holger Dullin.

During a refreshment break between the lectures the school pupils had the opportunity to meet and talk with current University students and staff from the School of Mathematics.

The event was undertaken as part of the University’s 2005/06 Masterclass programme which provides opportunities for school students to look in depth at various subject areas that they might want to pursue in future years.

Mark Lister, Acting Widening Participation Manager at Loughborough University comments: “These occasions allow students the opportunity to really get their teeth into an subject in a way they may not be able to at school. They provide an insight into what higher education might be like. The students really enjoyed the maths session and the academics certainly showed there was more to maths than meets the eye!”


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Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough equal first among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

In 2006 Loughborough celebrates the 40th anniversary of its University Charter, awarded on 19 April 1966 in recognition of the excellence achieved by Loughborough College of Advanced Technology and its predecessor Colleges. Loughborough University of Technology was renamed Loughborough University in 1996.

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