challenges organised by the University now
have over half a million pupils taking part,
raising interest in the subject in secondary
schools across the UK. The challenge administrators
are moving into larger premises on campus,
to cope with the expansion.
The junior maths challenge for pupils aged
11-13 remains the most popular, with just
under a quarter of a million entrants this
year from over 3,200 schools and colleges
across the UK. In 1997, just over 130,000
took part in the challenge, which is run in
The intermediate challenge for pupils aged
13-16 had just over 200,000 entrants this
year from 2,700 schools in the UK. The senior
challenge is run in November for pupils aged
16-18, and had over 60,000 entrants in 2002
from 1,500 schools.
Some of the highest scoring pupils from the
senior challenge are chosen to represent the
UK in the international mathematics olympiad.
The top 40% of all maths challenge entrants
receive a gold, silver or bronze certificate.
The UK Mathematics Trust, which runs the challenges,
handles nearly 100,000 items of mail each
year. They recently opened a new packing and
processing office in the school of physics
and astronomy, which was officially opened
by Vice-Chancellor Sir Alan Wilson.