Maths taster session

Do you enjoy studying maths and want to find out more about the history and applications of number theory? Join us for this virtual maths taster session where you’ll experience life as a student studying mathematics at university in a lecture led by Dr Kurinczuk!

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Exploring Number Theory

In this virtual session we will take a whistle-stop tour and rediscover some beautiful results from Number Theory from the last centuries, understand a little of their applications to cryptography, and finish with some modern number theory. Coined by Gauss ‘the queen of mathematics’, Number Theory has a rich history dating back thousands of years. Considered one of the purest forms of pure mathematics, what would have surprised Gauss is how a few of these results of Fermat, Euler and others would prove fundamental in applications in modern cryptography.

There will also be a chance for you to find out more about being a maths student at The University of Sheffield, and where a degree in maths can take you. You will hear from some of our current students who will all be on hand to answer any questions you might have about studying maths at university.

When: Wednesday 17th May 2023, 4.00pm - 5.35pm

Age group: Year 12 and Year 13

Suitable for: This virtual taster session is suitable for students studying A Level Mathematics.


Please note that this is an approximate schedule and therefore is subject to change.

Time Activity
4.00pm Log in and get comfortable
4.05pm Welcome and introductions to the University
4.15pm Number theory lecture with Dr Robert Kurinczuk
5.15pm 'Being a maths student' – Q&A
5.30pm Closing remarks

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