Problem Solving Conference for Teachers and Year 12 Students: Mathematical Modelling



A one day conference for year 12 maths students & their teachers to develop deeper mathematical problem-solving skills.

This event is ideal for students who are thinking of applying to study mathematics, engineering or related university courses.

Many Universities are starting to encourage students to do the Extended Project Qualification to show their interest and passion for Maths and their ability to undertake independent study - students will find out about the support that can be offered in this.


  • A chance to have a go at two mini-projects led by University mentors
  • A talk on the modelling applications of mathematics by Dr Louise Walker
  • An opportunity for students and teachers to find out more about support for University Entrance Tests and the Extended Project Qualification

Who will benefit from attending?

This day is suitable for any Year 12 student who is interested in trying to use their mathematics to solve real-life problems.

Teachers will be able to join one or more projects. They will also benefit by learning about the Extended Project Qualification and University Entrance tests and support for these that is available.


The conference consists of several workshops,which will give students the opportunity to solve a variety of mathematical problems. 


Draft programme:               

9.30am: Registration
10am: Talk about Modelling and Problem Solving - Dr Louise Walker
10.45am: Working break! Start First Project working with post-graduate students and mathematicians in small groups
12.30pm: Lunch
1:15pm: Start Second Project
3pm: Presentations
3.45pm: Talk about EPQs, University Entrance Tests and the help that the University can give, evaluations and questions


This event is open to year 12 students and teachers from state funded institutions. Institutions can bring 6 students, please let us know if you need more places. 

Key Facts

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Target year:

Year 12

Curriculum focus:

A level Mathematics, A level Further Mathematics, University admissions tests

Mathematical focus:

Problem solving

Event format:


Event length:

1 day


North West


University of Manchester


Thu 30th Jun 2022

Course times:

10:00 - 16:00




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If you have any queries about this event, please do not hesitate to contact:

Abigail Bown
[email protected]

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