Wadham hosts PROMYS Europe students for their summer programme

Date Published: 27.07.2023

PROMYS Europe students gather at Wadham College for six weeks of rigorous mathematical activity.

PROMYS Europe 2023 students at Wadham College

Wadham hosts PROMYS Europe students for their summer programme

The PROMYS Europe programme is a partnership of PROMYS Europe, Wadham College, the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford, and the Clay Mathematics Institute. The programme encourages mathematically ambitious secondary school students to explore the creative world of maths through guest lectures and challenging daily problems, as well as 'Friday Fun' and social activities at weekends.

The 28 competitively selected pre-university students from around Europe, seven of whom are returning to the programme for a second time, are being hosted at Wadham College. This is a challenging and inspiring experience for participants who come from all over the world. Many of the former students have returned to PROMYS Europe as counsellors. As Dr Benjamin Walker, Maths Lecturer at the University of Bath, Wadham alumnus, and PROMYS Europe Senior Tutor said, '...there is a strong community of PROMYS Europe students and former students. Although the programme is challenging, it is also a lot of fun, and they are all tired but very happy at the end of it.'

Demira, a returning student from Bulgaria, plans to apply to study Maths at Oxford. She is enjoying staying at Wadham and her favourite place is the Okinaga room, where the students come together for group work and to socialise outside of their study time.

Prince, from Bath, England, spoke of the difference in how Maths is taught on the PROMYS Europe programme compared to school, or to the style of Maths in the competitions he has taken part in. It is more ‘natural’ and logical – explanations are given from a very basic starting point.

The students all felt that the PROMYS Europe programme was a good way to prepare for studying Maths at University. Emile and Zach, from the UK, and Nikola, from Bulgaria, described the style of learning as independent. They can choose when to do the work. The programme offers a great opportunity to talk to and learn from people who know so much about Maths and there is also time to socialise and enjoy Oxford.

Teo, one of the Counsellors, first came to the PROMYS Europe programme as a student five years ago. She described being a Counsellor as 'an amazing experience... the first job I have really loved.' Teo will be returning to Oxford this Michaelmas term to start her PhD in Maths at Balliol College.

We are grateful to everyone who supports this programme, including our generous donors.