UK Maths

Invisible in St Jude's Storm: The Role of Maths in Getting the Forecast Right

Ian Roulstone | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Ian Roulstone

The forecast of the St Jude's Day storm was good and, as Prynne highlights... The reason this forecast was very good - like so many these days - is that our ever-growing knowledge of how the atmosphere works has been extremely carefully incorporated into the computer algorithms using state-of-the-art mathematics.

WATCH: Dad Discovers Son Finally Passed Maths Exam, Cries

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

We dare you not to well up while watching this adorable video of a father's reaction to his son finally getting a C in his maths exam. "A year befo...

List Life: How Lists Make Us Feel Alive

Simon Pont | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Pont

With the right list, we can push at the edges of our mortality... which returns us to the essentialness of making the most of every 24 hours and how we fill them... which returns us to more lists, so we may tick-off and feel more complete.

UK Science Industry Must Inspire Our Bright Young Students

Mandy Oxbrow | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Mandy Oxbrow

As thousands of teenagers nervously await their A-Level results I began to reflect on my own path from science education-to-industry, a journey that started 12 years ago. Like today's crop of students I was worried that this day could possibly make or break my summer and even my entire life...

Maths GCSE Was Like 'Playing A Game' Says 9-Year-Old Who Got A*

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A nine-year-old who scored A* in his maths GCSE says it was just like playing a computer game - and even completed the paper with 45 minutes to spare....

Girls' A-level Choices are Locking Them Out of Creative Industries Too

Polly Courtney | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Polly Courtney

The idea that painters, writers, dancers, designers and musicians can exist on the basis of their creativity alone is misplaced and out of date. I am one of a small but growing number of creative who benefits from a scientific background.

Fancy A Cheeky £20k?

PA | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Maths graduates are to be offered £20,000 to teach in colleges. Grants of around £9,000 will be available to would-be college English and special...

Why (Statistically) I Will Die Alone

Charlie Albuery | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK Comedy
Charlie Albuery

This is a question that practically every male has asked himself at one point or another in his life. Unfortunately, there is rarely a hard and fast answer to the query. In reality, it's probably due to a number of physical and psychological factors that we could never measure. But that's boring.

How Parents Can Stop the Summer Slide in Their Children's Academic Ability Over the Next Six Weeks

Carol Vorderman | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carol Vorderman

When I was a child, attending a small Catholic state primary in North Wales, our times tables were something that were drummed in to us. Teachers, and my mum, who was a single parent, knew the value of being good with numbers and being able to do your "sums". And the key to it all is practise. You can't do it without practise. But somehow we think that you can confine maths to five sessions of 45 minutes or so a week (the numeracy lesson) and that's good enough. It isn't.

More Tests and League Tables Will Only Fuel the Low Confidence Epidemic Sweeping UK Children

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Carey Ann Dodah

The Government is putting yet more pressure on our children in a world where tests are flooding the curriculum... Children as young as four quite simply shouldn't be subject to high pressure tests. It not necessary and there are much better, less anxiety-inducing ways of achieving Clegg's goals.

Students Re-sit GCSEs Up To Seven Times To Boost Schools' Ranking

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Students are re-sitting their GCSE exams up to seven times so their school can improve its ranking on national league tables, an investigation has rev...

Ready, Set, Sail!

Sarah Ayton | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sarah Ayton

Combine together 14.7˚C air temperature, 16.7˚C sea temperature, 99% humidity, 15.5 knots of speed, a 250 degree wind, and a wave height of 0.5 metres and what do you have? Well yes a lot of numbers but also the formula for a pretty decent day's sailing last Thursday in Southampton!

'Back Specialist Maths Schools', Universities Urged

PA | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Universities are being urged to back specialist maths schools amid concerns they are being forced to fill degree places with students from overseas. ...

Young People's GCSE Maths Skills Are 'Not Enough' For Working World

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

New research has found that GCSE maths is not providing young people with what they need in the workplace. While the current curriculum covers the ...

University May Not Be for Me... What Are My Options?

Alex Dyer | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

With rising tuition fees, Universities culling degree courses and soaring young unemployment, the future looks bleak. There is a great deal of negativity associated with employment opportunities at the moment. So what are your options? And how can you succeed?

No maths in business?

Wendy Jones | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK
Wendy Jones

I half-watched The Apprentice last night while going through the email backlog - both experiences made slightly more bearable by the other. But my attention was suddenly caught by a Maths Problem.

Manchester Wins University Challenge For Fourth Time

PA | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education

The University Of Manchester have become champions of BBC contest University Challenge for a fourth time, to equal the record set by Magdalen College,...

Author Profile: Coralie Colmez

Abigail Tarttelin | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Abigail Tarttelin

Coralie Colmez's idiosyncratic combination of Gallic good looks, quiet intellect, a warm, unassuming personality, and an ultra cool dress sense that veers between hipster and high fashion is magnetic.


PA | Posted 13.03.2013 | UK

Many adults struggle with basic sums and rely on a calculator to add and subtract, new research suggests. Around one in six (15%) say they find the...

Guess What? The 'Good Will Hunting' Maths Problem Was Relatively Easy

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK Comedy

The film 'Good Will Hunting', if you remember, starred Matt Damon as a troubled janitor working at MIT - the twist being that he was, in fact, a secre...

Financial Education Should Be Part of the National Curriculum

Anthony Browne | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK Politics
Anthony Browne

Schools should equip children with intellectual learning and skills for life outside the school gates. One of the most important and practical skills throughout life - and one of the keys to a prosperous adulthood - is the ability to manage money competently.

Largest Prime Number Discovered (And Has 17 Million Digits)

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK Tech

The largest known prime number now has 17 million digits. Prime numbers are those which are indivisible by any number other than itself and one. ...

Playing Climate Games with Nature for Keeps

Tomas Rawlings | Posted 01.04.2013 | UK Tech
Tomas Rawlings

The seed of this game came from the fact that the Kyoto protocol recently expired with nothing to replace it. Basically CO2 emissions are going up and up and collectively not much is happening to bring them down. We'd like to think that reality works the way we'd imagine it should but it doesn't always.

Cash For Failing Pupils

PA | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Secondary schools are to be given extra money to help pupils who are falling behind in English and maths, it was confirmed on Thursday. Under the i...

Overhaul Needed To Encourage Teens To Take Maths At A-Level

PA | Posted 15.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education

An overhaul of maths education is needed to boost the numbers of teenagers taking the subject after GCSE, research suggests. Just one in five stude...