NOTICE : Due to Corona virus concerns and the closure of the college, the UCD Saturday morning enrichment sessions are suspended as of March 13th until further notice. Please consult this site for updates.
(Senior) Mathematical Enrichment Classes 2020
The School of Mathematical Sciences provides Mathematical Enrichment classes on Saturday mornings, starting on 11 January 2020. Our classes are run free of charge by academics in our School and are designed to develop a sound understanding of mathematics and improve problem-solving skills. There is little overlap with the maths taught in school.
There are four initial training classes on 11, 18, 25 January, and 1 February 2020. On Saturday 08 February 2020 there will be a selection test at the end of which the best 40 students will be invited for more intense training in view of participation to the Irish Math Olympiad. The 2020 International Mathematical Olympiad, organised by Russia, will be a virtual event with national teams sitting the papers in their own country. It will take place on September 21-22. 2020. (More details can be found at https://imo2020.ru/).
The Irish Mathematical Olympiad has been postponed to a date yet to be announced. (However, please see the eligibility rules for representing Ireland in the IMO.)
Students in the upper cycle of secondary school (4th, 5th or 6th class) are invited to attend our classes by registering their interest here.
The selection test takes place on 08 February 2020 from 10-13.00 in Theatre H1.26 (Intel Theatre) Science Hub
This test, run simultaneously at several centres in Ireland, will also be used to select the Irish team for the European Girls Mathematical Olympiad. For eligibility rules please see
Selection Test 2020
Junior Maths Enrichment 2019/2020
A mathematical enrichment programme aimed at second and third year students will be hosted by UCD School of Mathematics and Statistics this term, commencing on January 25th. For more information, please visit http://www.maths.ucd.ie/~ndobbs/JME/
Frequently Asked Questions
What are these classes for?
The Enrichment/Olympiad classes are for secondary school students interested in mathematics; they are exposed to deeper, more challenging and more interesting mathematical problems than those encountered on the school syllabus.
Is this event free of charge?
Who can attend?
We invite 4th, 5th and 6th year secondary school students to register their interest in order to attend our classes by completing this form. Student in the lower cycle (year 1,2 and 3) who think they have a talent in mathematics are also encouraged to attend our first four training sessions, until 16 February when a selection test takes place.
What is the Selection Test for?
We usually start our training classes with a large cohort (about 250 students). The selection test allows us to identify the best 40-45 students who will be invited to attend our further classes for a more intense training in view of participation to Irish Math Olympiad, a national event that will take place on 09 May 2020.
What if I miss the Selection Test or if I am not invited to attend further training classes?
You may still attend our further training programme but the delivered topics will be focussed on preparation for math competitions.
There will be a selection test on 8th February 2020 after which the best 40-45 pupils will be selected and trained more intensively for the Irish Mathematical Olympiad.
Science Centre Hub, Building No 64 on the UCD Map
Registration/Sign In Desk
The interested students are required to register online.
Participants are required to sign in each week prior to the first session. The sign in desk will be located outside the George Moore Auditorium in Science East and will be available between 9.15AM and 10AM for each session.
Participants who require last-minute information on Saturday mornings can contact 087 6408 862 between 9.15 AM and 10.15 AM. This number will not be active outside this time.The School office is not open at weekends but we can accept queries between Monday and Friday 9.00am-5.00pm on 01 716 2452 or 01 716 2580. Queries can also be sent to this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
IRISH MATHEMATICAL OLYMPIAD (IrMO) - The official Olympiad website in Ireland
INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICAL OLYMPIAD - The official IMO webpage
ART OF PROBLEM SOLVING - Problem solving resources (including IMO), online classes
MATHLINKS - Forums, huge community, lots of resources (including IMO)
PEN - Problems in Elementary Number Theory