women in maths

Yesterday (Wednesday 8th Feb), 130 Year 10 students, from schools across Sussex, visited the college to take part in the third ‘Women in Maths’ event.

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Women in Maths has become an annual date in the diary, and we’re delighted to host the event once again this year; welcoming students from as far as Crawley and Bognor Regis to the college.

Letty Gallagher, who organises the event, is passionate about encouraging girls to get into maths. She told us that the South East seems to lack enthusiasm for maths, with very few girls leaving school to go on and study maths at A-Level.

To help champion the subject further, Letty had invited a number of guest speakers to help inspire the group. Dr Katie Steckles, previous winner of the ‘Joshua Phillips Award for Innovation in Science Engagement’, was able to give them an insight into her time in education and working life; Alex Bellos, a writer for The Guardian, shared his experiences of maths and writing for a national newspaper; and Rob Eastaway, spoke about his experience as an author and publishing books including ‘How Long Is A Piece of String’, ‘Maths On The Go’ and ‘The Hidden Mathematics of Sport’.

The whole day was a great success, with some fun maths puzzles and equations to solve, and great networking opportunities with fellow students.

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