Women in Maths 2021 – Year 12 Online Programme

Christ’s and Trinity Colleges run an annual Women in Maths residential, a unique event for talented young women who want to study Mathematics, taking place in March each year.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the event will take place through the spring of 2021 as a series of weekly sessions online.

Women in Maths group photo, Cambridge University

If you are in Year 12 (or S5 Scotland, Y13 Northern Ireland), and think you would like to attend this event, please see the information at the bottom of the page.

Places are subject to students being available for the sessions. Successful applicants will be expected to attend at least 80% of sessions.

What is the Women in Maths Residential?Group work at the Women in Maths residential Christ's College, Cambridge

While there are lots of events run across the country to encourage young women to study STEM subjects, this event specifically targets potential female applicants to Mathematics courses at top universities.

This event is open to women who are interested in studying Maths and related courses at a top university. During the event, you’ll attend lectures and classes taught by Cambridge academics and meet current students and admissions staff. It’s a great opportunity to gain an insight into what it’s like to study at Maths at the University of Cambridge.  Attendees will also have the chance to virtually explore Christ’s and Trinity Colleges, and take part in a range of social activities and other maths-related activities alongside the academic lectures and classes.

The event is entirely free.

Eligibility and selection

This residential is open to any women in Year 12 / S5 (Scotland) / Y13 (Northern Ireland) at the time oLecture in the Yusuf Hamied Lecture Theatre, Christ's College, Cambridgef the event and attending a UK state school. You must be aged 16 or over by the first day of the event (late March), and you must be taking A Level Mathematics and A Level Further Mathematics, or IB Higher Level Mathematics ‘Analysis and Approaches’, or an equivalent qualification. Please get in touch if you have any queries about your qualifications.

Applicants will be assessed based on their academic record, their commitment to exploring maths at a higher level, and a teacher’s reference. In addition, we are particularly keen to identify students with little or no family tradition of higher education, those whose schools don’t send many applicants to Cambridge University, and students who’ve spent any time in care.

If selected to attend, you will be sent a confirmation form, requirements form and a code of conduct, which you must have signed by a parent/guardian before returning by email – this is to confirm that you have permission to attend the event in Cambridge and to notify us of any requirements you may have.

Apply for the 2021 Women in Maths residential

If you are currently in Year 12 or equivalent, love maths, and think that you would like to apply for this event in 2021, applications are now OPEN! The deadline for applications is Monday 8th February, with teachers to complete references no later than Friday 12th February 2021. All applicants will be notified of the outcome in the first week of March.


Tip: we recommend that you check the eligibility criteria above before registering your interest.

Covid – 19 updates
This event will be taking place online in 2021 in the form of weekly sessions throughout the spring.