Masterclass news

Keep up to date with ideas and news from the Masterclass team and network. We welcome submissions from organisers so please get in touch with news or activity ideas.

Students at a Masterclass. Credit: Tim Mitchell

Spring 2015 Masterclass network news


News from the Masterclass team and accross the Masterclass networks

Masterclass students learning about tension. Credit: Tim Mitchell

News from our Masterclass family


Stories from our Masterclass family, including from new organisers and former students.

Primary Mathematics Masterclass pupils. Credit: Tim Mitchell

Join the Masterclass team


There are curretly several exciting opportunities to join our dedicated team.

Students generating music with evolutionary algorithms at the UCL Computer Science Masterclasses

New Masterclasses at UCL


Elpida Makrygianni tells us about two new series of Ri Engineering and Computer Science Masterclasses at University College London

Exeter Masterclass students getting to grips with infinity. Credit: EMS

Exeter Mathematics Masterclasses


After a break in 2014, the Exeter Mathematics Masterclasses have a new home. Kerry Burnham tells us more.

Pupils trying number puzzles during a Year 2 Masterclass. Credit: Howes Primary School

Primary mathematics enrichment


Rebecca Bollands tells us about the mathematics activities she has organised for her schools cluster

Ri Computer Science Summer School students

Computer Science Masterclasses in context


Ben Dornan discusses our Computer Science Masterclasses in the context of the changing curriculum

Ada Lovelace Day 2014. Credit: Paul Clarke

Masterclass-inspired events


There is an exciting selection of Masterclass-inspired events in the spring at the Royal Institution

Masterclass team news


News on the Masterclass team in autumn 2014

Engineering Masterclass

Masterclass network news


News from across the Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science Masterclass networks in autumn 2014

Diane introduces Masterclass students to an anamorphic scarf

Masterclass team news


News from the Masterclass team in spring 2014

Masterclass students exploring mathematics activities

Primary Network news


News from across the Primary Mathematics Masterclass Network in spring 2014

Secondary Mathematics Masterclass students at the Ri

Secondary Network news


News from across the Secondary Mathematics Masterclass Network in spring 2014

Engineering Masterclass students making a loudspeaker

Engineering Network news


News from across the Engineering Masterclass Network in spring 2014

Mastercalss organisers at the 2013 Organisers' Conference

Key Masterclass Dates


Key dates for Masterclass organisers in spring 2014, including news on our Organisers' Conference.

Celebrating women in mathematics


On 27 February the Ri and the Further Maths Support Network held a special celebration of women in mathematics for 300 Year 10 mathematics students. Dr Luciano Rila, Further Maths Support Area Coordinator, tells us more.

Students explore spherical geometry and distances

The Greek legacy


Find out more about our engaging Greek Legacy Sixth Form Conference on 7 March, with Sixth Form students giving their views.

Is there anybody there? Credit: T Mitchell

Spring activities


Take a look at our spring 2014 activity links, focusing on Greek mathematics and mathematics outdoors

Ri Christmas tree with CHRISTMAS LECTURES-themed decorations

Masterclass team update


News and updates from the Masterclass Team from autumn 2013, including information on upcoming events.

Primary Masterclass curved stitching display

Primary Masterclass update


News from across the network of primary mathematics Masterclasses in Autumn 2013.

Worcestershire students puzzling over Masterclass activities

Secondary Masterclass update


News from across the network of secondary mathematics Masterclasses in Autumn 2013.

Warwickshire students at Engineering Masterclasses

Engineering Masterclass update


News from across the network of engineering Masterclasses in Autumn 2013.


Funding to help Masterclass access


Funding may be available for individual students’ travel to Masterclasses.

Audience at a maths event at the Ri

Celebrating Women in Mathematics


Thursday 27 February 2014 – a day for Year 10 students at the Royal Institution.

Students build an Archimedes screw

Greek Legacy Event


Friday 7 March 2014 – a one-day conference for Sixth Form students at the Royal Institution.

Hertfordshire students modelling the spread of a fire

Masterclass groups in focus: 30th Anniversaries


Hertfordshire Year 9 Masterclasses are now 30 years old - Dr Diane Crann tells us more. The Gloucestershire Masterclasses also joined the 30 club, with a rather special celebration.

Faraday holding our Sierpinski Christmas tree

Christmas activities


Merry Christmas! Here's a selection of seasonal activities from across the web for you to try yourselves or with your students.

Teacher and students

Three thousand down – bring on the next thousand

How many children does it take to make a masterclass? Unbelievably, the Cambridgeshire Masterclass group welcomed its three thousandth participant this year.

Inspiring Masterclasses

Masterclasses take place along with so many different educational influences and it is very difficult to determine their impact. This story from Paul Messenger in Glamorgan gives a lovely insight into the possibilities.

Bridge building activity

An insight into an engineering masterclass

An insight into attending an Ri Engineering Masterclass at Imperial College. Written by David Alty, a work experience student working with the Ri Masterclass team in February 2013.

Students giving maths presentations

Exeter masterclass presentations

Helen Lidbury tells us how students in Exeter have given presentations on their masterclass topics as part of their final masterclass, the benefits, and tips on implementing this in your own series.

mathematics of games

Activity ideas - the mathematics of games

The theme for this newsletter's activity idea is the mathematics of games including favourites based on existing Primary and Secondary Masterclasses.

Masterclasses in Suffolk: a student's view

Ceri, a year eight student who attended Masterclasses in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, reflects on her experience and how the Masterclasses have inspired her.

Maths lecture

Scottish Summer Masterclass Celebration Day 2012

On Saturday 16 June 2012 nearly 100 pupils from across Scotland descended on Edinburgh for a day of mathematical puzzles and Ri Masterclasses.

Masterclass student group

Year 10 South West Residential Masterclass

During the Easter holidays, 24 masterclass students from across Devon and Cornwall came together for a thrre-day residential Masterclass. Jenny Sharp, the Masterclass organiser in Plymouth, tells us more.

Rainbow arc

Maths Masterclasses for Ten-Year-Olds

Michael Sewell of Reading University has been devising material for Primary Masterclasses since 2000 and has recently put together a book 'Maths Masterclasses for ten-year-olds'.