Mathematics students from Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form had the opportunity of a lifetime to experience university-style lectures at the University of Oxford.

On the 10th of May, twelve first year A Level students travelled to the new Andrew Wiles Maths Institute at the University of Oxford, for a day of university-style Mathematics lectures.

Students from the College are given many opportunities to gain experiences which will greatly enhance their learning. This might include presentations form visiting experts, or trips to outstanding organisations and top universities. The University of Oxford is one of the world’s leading universities; it is the oldest in the English-speaking world and is a collegiate university, consisting of the central University and colleges. The collegiate system is at the heart of the University’s success, giving students and academics the benefits of belonging both to a large, internationally-renowned institution and to a small, interdisciplinary academic community.

The students were given lectures by a variety of experts, including Dr David Acheson, Dr Richard Earl, Dr Neil Laws, Professor Victor Flynn, Dr James Studd, Dr Christina Goldschmidt and Dr Peter Howell! They also experienced a talk by a current undergraduate, a representative from the MURC (the University of Oxford’s mathematics student organisation).

It was a full and busy day and students returned after the challenging four hours of lectures with a great sense of enjoyment – and a desire to really push themselves, more than ever before, to achieve the top university placement of their dreams!

Sam Gugi, a former student of Colne Park High School, said, ‘It was an eye opening experience, which has inspired me to study Mathematics at Higher Education. Overall, a fantastic day!’

Jack Roper, also a former student of Colne Park High School, said, ‘It was inspirational! It made me want to excel and go on to do great things!’